Rob Warner Joins Vitus Bikes

Jan 13, 2020
by Vitus Bikes  
Rob Warner Joins Vitus Bikes

Press Release: Vitus

Vitus are stoked to announce that Rob Warner will be joining the Vitus family in 2020. Rob Warner needs no introduction, from being the first-ever British rider to win a UCI DH World Cup in 1996 to bringing downhill racing to life with his exciting commentating there isn’t a dull moment when Rob’s around!

bigquotesWe are super excited to see Rob join the Vitus family. Rob is a great ambassador for the sport and has had a massive part to play in the growth of the racing scene through his commentary and content on Red Bull. Rob will be riding our brand new Sommet 29 enduro bike along with our new E-Escarpe E-bike and Escarpe trail bike. Everyone at Vitus are excited to see what Rob has in store for the year, welcome to the team!Chris McGlinchey, Vitus Marketing Manager

bigquotesI’m really happy to have Vitus Bikes behind me for 2020. At the end of last year, I went over to see the crew at Vitus with CRC-Mavic team manager Nigel Page where I tried the new 2020 Vitus Sommet 29er. Sizing wise it felt nice and roomy, spot on with a nice relaxed head angle. Probably what stood out the most was just how supple the back end is, the bike offers so much grip in the turns and on the brake’s, I felt confident straight away.

I’ll be riding all aluminium bikes in 2020. I love alloy bikes, the way they feel, the welding, there’s something about it for me. Vitus for me is also a brand with a vivid history in cycling, I remember watching Sean Kelly ride to Tour stage wins on one as a teenager and with Vitus celebrating its 50th year in 2020 I thought I’d better get involved for the party!
Rob Warner

Social Media

Rob Warner: Instagram | Twitter
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147 Comments

  • 289 5
 noooo bring back the full beard or at least the 'stache!!! He looks like my hippie aunt now!!!
  • 69 0
 Rob Warner looks massively different every time I see him!
  • 230 4
 For a second, I thought he was Missy Giove...
  • 40 1
 if your aunt was a hippie, she'd have a beard and a 'stache...
  • 3 0
 face nakey.
  • 19 0
 I think he almost looks like he’s wearing a wig. Filming that video with Finn must have been quite a while ago.
  • 24 0
 He looks like my nan
  • 3 0
 @Upduro: It's a reference to Josef Dressler's '1985.'
  • 5 0
 I've changed my hairstyle so many times now I don't know what I look like
  • 24 5
 Rod looks like a 45 year old bull-dyke with a new lease on life.
  • 13 2
 @seamusotool: Maybe Rob is heading up the new softball team for Vitus.
  • 12 1
 @ratedgg13: what do you mean that's not Missy Giove ?
  • 4 1
 @ratedgg13: I can't not see Missy in that pic now.
  • 3 0
 @MTBrent: needs a dried piranha round the neck
  • 3 0
 @ratedgg13: I'd pay to look like Missy or Rob
  • 4 0
 @seamusotool:

Rob doesn't look bad for 50 to be honest.
  • 8 0
 Looks like Snape
  • 2 0
 @rockchomper: He looks so happy?
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: I think he's had some botox/filler in his cheekbone and below the eye area, noticed in one of the recent vids maybe with Finn.
  • 4 0
 Out of all the photos they could have used for this?
  • 1 0
 @ashlemon: the Heads!!!!
  • 3 0
 @seamusotool: I can't even scroll up to his picture because this comment makes me laugh so hard... Nice one.
Sorry Rob smile next time Dude!
  • 5 1
 The Rob Warner "Looks Like" thread:
Rob Warner looks like what the Native American crying commercial in the 80's would look like if he was locked in a sunless cave for 50 years
Rob Warner looks like Lord Valdamort trying to fit in at the ski lodge
Rob Warner looks like future Shaun White after buying Neverland Ranch
Rob Warner looks like Jon Snow after Winter came and went
Rob Warner looks like the guy behind the Parts Department counter at the VW dealer at 8:01am Monday morning
Rob Warner looks like @stikmanglaspell told him to STFU and wear the blue jacket, not the red one!!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @Coldspringer: ive got a dried fish necklace for you
  • 1 0
 Nailed it! @ratedgg13:
  • 4 0
 He looks like a really partied out Wayne!
  • 3 0
 He looks like a session
  • 3 1
 @ratedgg13: I think there's a video of them scissoring...
  • 2 0
 No doubt, insane difference... definitely needs the beard back, the ‘stache was too creepy uncle imo.
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: ahhahah top!
  • 171 0
 Professor Snape rides bikes?
  • 4 1
 You win!
  • 1 0
 Jim Jones rides bikes?
  • 2 0
 Looks like Rob is going to do door to door sales for Vitus. Got any brownies Rob?
  • 120 0
 He looks thrilled!!
  • 2 0
 LOL! You got me...
  • 3 0
 More like hung over......
  • 5 0
 Definitely Sommet up with him.
  • 54 1
 I suspected that Warner was a fan of supple back ends.
  • 44 7
 So glad I have a job and can ride whatever bike I want
  • 12 1
 well, he also has a job (pretty good one IMO) and on top of that a brand pays him for riding their bikes Wink
  • 1 1
 Are you saying Vitus is not good enough?
  • 29 2
 Looks a bit like his trans'itioning
  • 1 0
 looks like pure speed
  • 28 2
 HOLY SHIT BREAKING NEWS, TRENT REZNOR JOINS VITUS BIKES!
  • 24 3
 Everytime I see him, he looks more and more like a poor divorcee trying to hide her age w/ wal mart hair dye
  • 20 0
 Man, tough crowd here. Congrats Rob. I love what Virus is doing with good, affordable bikes.
  • 4 0
 I had a 2015 Sommet and it was an excellent bike. I still miss it.
  • 3 0
 You realize you called it "Virus" bikes not Vitus. don't you?
Great Freudian slip tho...I heard those bikes are sick!
  • 1 0
 @Mrjts39: oops, stupid autocorrect.
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah spread the word
  • 16 0
 Hopefully he's more happy than the pic shows or it's his game face. Big fan of Vitus.
  • 17 2
 This is the equivalent of celebrities competing on Dancing with the Stars
  • 13 1
 "Rob Warner needs no introduction, from being the first-ever British rider to win a UCI DH World Cup in 1996 " and the first man to do it with an STD! Banger of a good race i bet!
  • 1 0
 I think it was 1994
  • 5 0
 @murfio: n 1996 he became the first ever British rider to win a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking a historic win at Kaprun in Austria. According to Warner, in a video streamed to Pinkbike on 2 June 2014 titled The Lost Rob Warner Story, he actually won the Kaprun World Cup with an STI he picked up in Les Gets a week before. He is possibly the only mountain biker in history to win a World Cup with an infection such as this.
  • 1 0
 @murfio: ha - I just happened to be reading Rob's Wiki at that moment - I'm no a complete deek.
  • 1 0
 That saddle will never be the same again...
  • 9 0
 Good move I reckon, Vitus make excellent quality bikes across a price band that everyone can get into. The connection with CRC is no bad thing either, they have a very decent team racing for them.
If you haven’t tried a Vitus but currently ride something similar that cost at least twice the price, fair enough but don’t be surprised it one overtakes you on a trail somewhere!!!
  • 12 0
 He looks so happy to be on vitus
  • 11 0
 You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.
  • 13 0
 He looks ecstatic
  • 12 0
 Isn't it also Robs 50th year?
  • 9 1
 His jowls don't look a year over 42.
  • 3 0
 @endlessblockades: the early 50s is the new late 40s. its conceited that people give themselves an entire decade in that analogy
  • 12 0
 Does he look a bit like Adam Sandler in Little Nicky on this photo?
  • 11 0
 YT getting rid of, erm, everybody?
  • 6 0
 While they still support Schley and Tippie you can't really claim age discrimination.
  • 9 0
 "I’m really happy to have Vitus Bikes behind me for 2020"
Then smile Wink
  • 9 0
 I see they went all out with the press release photo.
  • 6 0
 Damn, the interwebs are brutal. Congrats, Rob! Keep up your great work for the industry. Can't imagine DH commentating without you.
  • 7 0
 on a rampage like a dog with two koks
  • 1 0
 My favorite one liner from the freecaster days
  • 6 0
 His 50th or Vitus's?
The photo looks like his parents are making him pose with the bike while on holiday
  • 7 0
 Looks like he shit out a lego death star
  • 7 0
 Rob Warner was let go by his beard.
  • 4 0
 What are beards for if not to prevent this?
  • 3 0
 Ive been lurking on Pink Bike for about 2.5 years now & not even Waki has made me comment . But this ,,, This is prob the most hilarious thing ive seen so far . So this is what happens when you run out of redbull ?? hang in there Rob lookin like 2020 is gonna be a wild ride !!!!
  • 7 1
 He looks really stoked about that performance line fox...
  • 3 0
 Ha ha ha!
He probably doesn't know the difference and if they're paying, who cares?
  • 3 1
 Keep sending out these vibes. I bought that same fork in the picture as a take off for $400 CDN. And it’s f*cking awesome.
  • 3 3
 @Adamrideshisbike:
Happy to. We warranty so many crappy fox forks.
  • 3 0
 Hey Rob, try to convince Red Bull to bring back the Fox Hunt to Ireland!!! What a bummer that it wasn't held this past year. I wanted to go back for a third time. The Red Bull Fox Hunt was sorely missed this year.
  • 4 0
 New model for 2020, the Vitus Slytherin or maybe the Snape.... not sure which would test better with the highly influential Harry Potter MTB segment.
  • 3 1
 Vitus is 50 yrs old?!! You will have to excuse my ignorance, I thought Vitus were a new brand that CRC had developed over the last few years, had no idea they were actually a 50 yr old French bike company!

That’s a weird photo of Rob, I actually prefer him with the tash.
  • 4 0
 based on his media over recent years, you'd think he's been riding the same white Capra forever.
  • 5 0
 I think the hair is part of the hat
  • 4 1
 Would have been a good opportunity to announce the ‘Just for Men’ hair dye deal as well but I guess that will come at a later date.
  • 5 0
 Are black wigs mandatory? Smile
  • 5 0
 I think Rob ran out of Soy Sauce for his beard.
  • 4 0
 Kriky I thought it was a Madam Tussauds, wax figure of Rob. Good on you Rob keep on riding bikes.
  • 4 0
 Blue rinse frame and black rinse rider, gotta pull the piss out of Rod Warmer.
  • 2 1
 Don't worry bout Red and Green should never be seen. How about Purple and Blue just looks like Poo. That is the most flammable synthetic mess of styling and product placement not seen...eva really and hoped to succeed. That's a Nup cheers.
  • 4 0
 I like those Vitus bikes. Good work Rob..!
  • 4 0
 Rob's press release turns into a Roast, hilarious!!
  • 4 0
 I hope he gets an employee discount on a bike
  • 1 0
 Actual lol. Underrated comment.
  • 3 0
 wow. what an exciting press release, I especially liked the awesome video and high quality photography.
  • 3 0
 He's hopped around quite a bit lately.
  • 3 0
 that (YT) went quickly....
  • 13 10
 Yes, he would now need to pay customs on bearings for his YT so he prefers a local brand Smile
  • 2 2
 they usually do......
  • 1 3
 LOL- that YenT quickly indeed...
  • 4 0
 Great smile!
  • 3 0
 there is no way warner wrote that press release ahahaha
  • 3 0
 Hell yeah Rob! Metal bikes rule!
  • 2 0
 His moves look a bit weird. Wasn't the switch from commencal to yt also kinda over night and foggy?
  • 3 0
 That hat, jacket, and frame color look ridiculous!
  • 2 1
 Wow looks like YT are ditching everyone that cost a few £/$/€..

Guess now they have the bikes & the brand established who needs to spend money on faces or talent.
  • 19 0
 They spent all their money on that Christopher Walken video.
  • 3 0
 Did they give him a base model purple bike?
  • 3 0
 Looks a bit like Christopher Walken
  • 3 0
 Jimmy Fallon leaves late night TV for bike industry
  • 2 0
 Rob heard about the MCR reunion and he’s gone full emo! Bet his nailed are painted black too
  • 5 1
 Nice one ROB!
  • 1 0
 Rob is wishing he could go back to Commencal. When he was with them it looked liked he had a lot of fun and was always releasing cool videos...
  • 1 0
 whatever happened with the commencal brand ambassador thing as i thought that was a great deal but then the YT deal appeared to happen overnight and now this?
  • 4 1
 Rob without the tash is looking like a grown up Anne Frank...
  • 3 0
 He looks like that was not what he wanted for christmas...
  • 3 0
 The Old boy starting to look like Saville
  • 2 0
 Isn’t he like 6’4”?? He’s going to ride an XL Sommet with 470mm of reach? No wonder he looks so excited.
  • 1 0
 Ok so it’s not his best picture. Geez leave the guy alone. He’s a legend and the sport would be crap without him as far as broadcasting goes. The dude can ride too.
  • 6 7
 Money talks and bullshit walks, but you have to have standards.... seems kinda like a washed up move, but rob is rad and has done amazing things for the sport so he should be paid!
  • 1 0
 Rob out here looking like he's gonna use that new bike to hunt down Llewelyn Moss
  • 2 0
 Welcome to vitus mr warner and your balls of steel
  • 2 0
 Roberta Warner? I'm sure she read my palm at Skegness last summer.
  • 2 0
 That looks like a comfy jacket. I guess now he is Rob Warmer.
  • 2 1
 Next year he'll ride for Astro :/
  • 3 1
 Who else is leaving YT.
  • 1 0
 Every year he is on a new ride
  • 1 0
 Your hair grew back quick since the filming of Wild Rides !
Wink
  • 2 0
 Smile Rob!
  • 2 1
 What happened to his hair color??
  • 1 0
 Just like the grand tour James and Jeremy have the salt and pepper look but Richard is obviously dying his hair to stay young looking but not a good look on him
  • 1 1
 do people really care what bike this guy is riding for the next X years? c'mon...
  • 1 0
 I assume they have used FaceApp for the photo for a laugh?
  • 1 0
 Who's his hair dye sponsor? If it's L'Oreal I hope he's worth it!
  • 1 0
 Who did Warner’s make-up!?
  • 1 1
 No they offer hair cuts there?
  • 1 0
 Handsome devil
  • 1 0
 Semenuk Hair
  • 1 0
 Bryceland in 20 years.
  • 1 1
 that man needs a tash
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