Scott-SRAM MTB XC Race Team Announced

Jan 12, 2017
by SCOTT Sports  
With new partners and a new rider, the team around Olympic Champions, Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds, looks towards a bright future. Scott-Sram MTB Racing Team is the new name of Scott's global MTB team for the next four years. Sram has been a great partner of the team since the very beginning in 2002 and now as a title sponsor, the partnership includes RockShox as the suspension partner as well. "We are excited to work with Sram and RockShox towards our long term goal—the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo", said Team Director, Thomas Frischknecht.

Scott-Sram MTB Team launch

Olympic Champions Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds are happy to welcome a new team member as well, UCI World ranking no. 5 Matthias Stirnemann. The Swiss talent will not only be a strong addition to the World Cup races but also ride aside Nino Schurter at this year's Cape Epic, which will be the first highlight of the 2017 season. Andri Frischknecht, who will race in the Elite class for the first year, will team up at Cape Epic with former U23 World Champion Michiel van der Heijden.

Scott-Sram MTB Team Launch - Andri Frischknecht Michiel van der Heijden Nino Schurter Matthias Stirnemann and Thomas Frischknecht

Not shown in the team picture is Marcel Wildhaber. The Swiss cyclocross specialist will also ride in the new team colors. #yanickthemechanic Yanick Gyger will be supported by Kurt Gross, the team's new wrenching force. Also new to the team is physio, Julia Hegar.

The team has already had their first training camp, which was held in sunny Tuscany. Massa Vecchia offered the team perfect conditions to get started with the new equipment, though the team will still rely on the fast wheels of DT Swiss. The new bikes will now be equipped with Syncros components and roll on Maxxis tires. Nino already won the Olympic race aboard Maxxis tires and with this brand, Scott-Sram sees great potential for developing excellent tires for the future. For many years now the team has been equipped with ODLO clothing, on and off the bike and this partnership will continue. Also remaining as a long time sponsor is the Swiss credit card company Cornercard.

Scott-Sram MTB Team Launch - Thomas Frischknecht

Thomas Frischknecht, Team Director of the Scott-Sram MTB Racing Team had this to say; "After an incredible #gloRIOus year in 2016 with two World Champion titles and two Olympic Gold medals, the goal in 2017 will shift a bit. We do not believe we can repeat this super successful season but try to do certain things a bit different instead. Stay tuned to get more news after our team presentation which will take place in South Africa just prior to the Cape Epic!"

Reto Aeschbacher, Brand Manager of SCOTT Sports said; "Working with living legends like Thomas Frischknecht and Nino Schurter is a true privilege we couldn’t be happier about. Their success and their undivided partnership have formed the image of SCOTT as a brand for many years. Cross-Country racing is the spearhead of development for the mountain bike industry. No other discipline influences the sport of mountain biking more than Olympic Cross Country. To run an XC race team on the highest level requires the uncompromised support of many parties. With the total support of industry leaders such as SRAM, RockShox, DT Swiss, Maxxis, Syncros, Odlo we have the strongest industry players aside our global race team, and we are sure to continuously push the sport and MTB products for the next four years."

David Zimberoff, Sram's VP of Marketing said, "SRAM is thrilled to renew its partnership with Scott and the racing team. New this year for us is the addition of the RockShox brand so we couldn't be more excited. Coming off such a #gloRIOus year, we are committed to providing the best level of service and support to the team and riders, as well as the best performing products for continued success."

Scott-Sram MTB Team Launch

MENTIONS: @SCOTT-Sports / @SramMedia


  • 59 1
 I like how the team manager is in lycra kit for the photo shoot
  • 14 29
flag mtnbikeoc (Jan 12, 2017 at 12:26) (Below Threshold)
 haha.. I wish I hadn't seen these pics so soon after lunch. An why is Scott bikes sponsoring the "lollipop kids" cycling team?
  • 38 4
 @mtnbikeoc: because they are fast, and faster then you.

Speed above all else.
  • 17 27
flag mtnbikeoc (Jan 12, 2017 at 13:51) (Below Threshold)
 @tigerteeuwen: ...fasten "than" you.....
  • 14 1
 He kinda looks like he's sucking his tummy in...not that I wouldn't lol.
  • 31 1
 As one of the fastest guys ever on an XC bike he can wear whatever he wants
  • 6 1
 @mtnbikeoc: I need to work on my Grammer.
  • 11 0
 yeah, Thomas Frischknecht is a former world champ himself, still a pretty fast guy and rides with his team...
  • 4 0
 @salespunk: Agreed. When you can give the likes of Tomac, Overend and Juarez a run for their money you can wear just about anything. Fixit is a legend and a true leader.
  • 50 1
 Jenny Rissveds
  • 14 2
 Nom nom nom nom nom.
  • 16 2
 did Frischknecht actually said

"After an incredible hash tag, lower case g, lower case l, lower case o, upper case R, uppercase I, uppercase O, lowercase u, lower case s, year"
  • 2 0
 I'm sure his typed response indeed has that hashtag as you've spelled it out here.
  • 16 4
 I sincerely hope the industry will migrate away from showing athletes in lycra for team presentations. This applies to the road too. If you've ever been to a road race you see ten guys standing in front of the crowd basically naked and covering their junk. Well, there's usually one guy who fluffed before the shoot and puts his hand on his hips. They spend all season in their sisters undies, no reason to shoot them in kit for the posters and autograph cards and team announcements. I love these guys, Nino is a BA MoFo, and Frischi is a legend... But the race kit is for work days, in the saddle. RIP Team Kit... please.
  • 6 1
 I disagree with your sentiment but your presentation of it is funny, which is what really matters to me. Props!
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: I agree with you Iamamodel . every athelete has a uniform. Why is the chimp looking at their junk anyway? weird dude.
  • 16 0
 those quads
  • 5 1
 Dude holy shit I know. Sometimes roadies and XC racers look like freaks! I wish I had legs like those, but Im keeping the hair...
  • 1 1
 "Did you see the size of his balls?" Billy Madison
  • 1 0
 you think those are huge, go google olympic cyclist versus toaster.

Now those are some quads...... Smile
Hats off to the team this should be an ace season.
  • 3 0
 @chillrider199: Just wait until you watch your first National Cyclocross race. Some of the fittest folks alive. As in scary fit.
  • 1 3
 @EastCoastDHer: I dont think Id ever watch that sport... like ever. Uh yeah...
  • 1 0
 @chillrider199: Haha, its not for everyone. I ended up as a volunteer on my buddies food truck at a race. It wasn't as cringe worthy as you think and some of the top racers are also Mtb legends (Todd Wells, for example). If you remember John tomac you should recall he used to race mtb with drop bars. Besides the builds some of the riders have are quite impressive.
  • 3 0
 @EastCoastDHer: Actually that one race rat boy did recently where they ran throught he corn maze and had huge excercise balls thrown at them and a bunch of crazy stuff, that sounds fun
  • 2 2
 @EastCoastDHer: Its definitely not as bad as road racing though haha.
  • 9 1
 What a beast of a team! Two olympic champs. Can't wait for the world cups to start. It's too bad so many people are trying to find the negative side of it. I guess it makes it interesting to read the comments though.
  • 5 0
 Interesting tire choice, just never pictured a world class team runs a 6-year-old Aspen.

Maybe old school is better? ????
  • 4 0
 The only thing 6 years old about those tires is the tread pattern. I suspect rubber, casing and width are completely different
  • 2 1
 So 6 years is old school now?
  • 4 0
 How old do think the minion DHF tread pattern is?
  • 2 0
 @WhatAboutBob: Spot on. There's more than meets the eye with our team issue XC tires. The Aspen works really well for modern XCO courses but we found through testing last year that there was a little more speed to be found on a proven tread pattern.
  • 2 0
 @Maxxis: Are the 180 TPI tires going to be available to the public this year? Really want to try one of the wider revised Aspens.
  • 2 0
 @Maxxis: Bring the team issue XC tires to the paying amateur masses. You know all the amateur racers would love to have the chance to race on the same tires Nino uses.
  • 8 5
 Is it just me or in the group a couple of them look like their heads have been increased to like 1.5x in size and superimposed back on their bodies...especially homie in the white jersey and homie on the far left?
  • 22 3
 I know you're probably like me and live more for DH than XC, but um, "homie in the white jersey" is current Olympic champ, Nino Schurter, one of the most bad ass riders around- on any terrain. Prolly good to learn this particular homie's name. Barring injury, he'll be on or near the top of the podium all season once again.
  • 5 22
flag preach (Jan 12, 2017 at 17:33) (Below Threshold)
 @nsteele: sorry if not DH or FR they are unknown to me
  • 8 1
 Nino will kick your ass on his XC bike anytime and anywhere
  • 8 0
 HAHA.. Can't stop laughing, homie in the white just ain't right.
  • 2 0
 @nsteele: Hahaha this is literally the funniest think I've read on Pinkbike in ages.
  • 7 0
 @preach: no worries. I live for DH and FR too. But seriously, Nino could probably podium DH if he wanted to. Total beast!

Think you're right about the picture though. The more I look, it all looks photoshopped. Very weird.
  • 1 0
 @preach: Nino has insane bike handling skills
  • 1 0
 @surfct: yeah... but I bet I could whip his butt in a rowdy game of monopoly ;-)
  • 2 1
 @preach: He probably whips better too (bikes, ass, whatever)
  • 2 0
 That looks like the most photoshopped team pic ever. There is no way all those people were there together. Something just looks wrong. Whoever copied and pasted the dude second from the left in cut his ankles soooo skinny! Haha.
  • 1 0
 Why are their feet cut in the first place? Big Grin I guess that would be more of a challenge to photoshop them standing on the same ground together. Funny pic
  • 6 0
 LOOK AT THE QUADS !!!! In Rob Warners voice.
  • 1 0
 Ms. Rissveds posture just looks painful and I assume she's trying to stand straight - notice her knees are bent and the tilt of her waist - generally not good for back health, but I'm no expert. By contrast, Nino appears so much more natural and lithe. Quite the powerhouse team! Best riders, best XC bikes, best XC components, best manager.
  • 4 0
 Bye-bye DT Swiss? Frown
  • 1 0
 Still using DT wheels.
  • 8 6
 It's impossible to look at this and not laugh.
  • 1 0
 Someone skipped leg day too. He almost looks photoshopped.
  • 2 0
 what's wrong with the legs of the second guy from the left?
  • 4 3
 daaang I'd stay behind her in races on purpose
  • 26 0
 urm it wouldn't be a choice.
  • 1 2
 @rideonjon: pffft
  • 1 0
 2017 domination! The true "golden" team!
  • 1 0
 The gold standard Smile
  • 1 0
 Can we talk about the blond guy on the right side's quads?????
  • 2 5
 Why do these XC riders racers insist on wearing all that dumb spandex? At no point in the race do they even begin to hit the speeds that baggy wearing, hair flailing in the breeze, loose jersey flapping, body armor wearing DH racers do. Their not approaching 70km/h so the argument that spandex makes you more "aero" is mute. Drop the spandex folks. You're not road racing. You're mountain bikers for Chris sakes! Have some respect and dignity! You don't need the spandex! You don't need it. BTW baggies are more comfortable too.
  • 5 0
 DH racers would be faster in spandex too. Aero rules!
  • 2 0
 The cluelessness is strong with that one...
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