The 10 Best Teams of the Past Decade

Jan 4, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Amaury Pierron Interview


A team's value is worth more than just any individual rider and over the past decade, we have seen some incredible groups of riders come together to create something special. From Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland on the Santa Cruz Syndicate to the stacked 2019 Commencal team, here are some of the legendary teams from the past decade.


1. Monster Energy Specialized: 2010-2011

After great success with Monster Energy/Iron Horse, 2009 marked a big move for Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough when the team switched frames to Specialized. Keeping the Monster Energy name, the team brought young Australian rider, Troy Brosnan, onboard and the team quickly proved its worth at the top of the sport when Troy took the Junior title and Sam took the Elite title at the World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2010.

Troy Brosnan is a blur every time he gets on his bike it seems.


Both Brendan and Sam struggled with multiple injuries over the two seasons but also both delivered multiple World Cup podiums across the two years and both also finished in the top 10 at Worlds in Champery.

Coming into 2011, while still technically a junior, Troy took a huge step and from the third race of the year, broke into the top 20 in the world. That started a result streak that has seen him only ever drop outside the top 20 in races he has finished once. Troy would continue to bring the team success with another Junior World Championships title in 2011.



Riders:

Sam Hill
Brendan Fairclough
Troy Brosnan



Three World Championship titles; Both Junior and Elite gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne



At the end of 2011, Brendan Fairclough would move on from the Monster Energy team and would join the Scott team for 2012. Both Troy and Sam would stick with the Monster Energy team for another year with Sam eventually moving onto his current team of CRC Nukeproof in 2013 and Troy staying on Specialized to race alongside Aaron Gwin.


As serious as a heart attack when he s on a race track. 1 more to go this season. Are another set of rainbows in the cards Good luck Rivers

during the SRAM XO experience Les Gets France.



2. Santa Cruz Syndicate: 2010 - 2016

With an incredible 13 World Cup wins and 34 podiums, the Syndicate team of Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland is one of the most successful we have seen this past decade. The depth of talent from the three riders, who have all becomes legends in their own right, proved itself both on and off the track as they back up their great race results with the great team videos that provided an inside look at their racing antics.

Greg and Peat carrying Ratty


Of the three riders, Greg Minnaar was the most unstoppable force securing 10 wins and 23 podiums in the seven years of the trio's World Cup racing this decade. Alongside this, he won a World Champs title in 2012 and silver medal in 2015 and bronze in 2010. Josh Bryceland was the next most successful rider on the team as he took his first Elite World Cup win and in 2014 he almost managed to win the World Cup overall and the World Champs title but after landing to flat on the last jump in Norway he threw away his chances at the rainbow jersey and had to settle for second. Steve Peat delivered two podiums from 2010 to 2016 and then seamlessly transitioned into a manager role for the team following his retirement from racing.



Riders:

Steve Peat
Greg Minnaar
Josh Bryceland



13 World Cup wins and 34 podiums

Two World Championship titles in 2012/2013 and two silver and bronze medals



You can't talk about the Syndicate without mentioning their amazing videos. Producing videos alongside each race they definitely offered a different look at the world of downhill racing that has less emphasis on training and preparation and more about having fun with your mates. With downhill and racing becoming more professional in recent years, we probably won't see a team like this again.




World Champs 2013
World Champs 2013
World Champs 2013

Always a threat regardless of track or weather conditions don t count Greg Minnaar out. Ever.



3. GT Bikes: 2012 - 2015

Under the Athertons, the GT bikes team rose to the top of the sport once again as they brought home a staggering 28 wins between 2012 and 2015, 19 of which came from Rachel alone. Throughout the four years, the Atherton siblings rode for GT they were accompanied by a sizeable list of riders that includes the likes of Martin Maes and Marc Beaumont.



Rachel Atherton was by far the most successful rider on the GT team with two World Championship titles and two silver medals alongside her World CUp wins. Also during the 2015 season, she would start her winning streak that saw her set a new record of consecutive World Cup wins. During this time, Gee Atherton fared well as he secured three World Cup wins and stood on 16 podiums. Alongside his sister, he also managed to take a World Championship title and received a silver medal at the 2012 World Champs.

The Athertons also worked to bring on the future of the sport and helped Martin Maes, Taylor Vernon, Mille Johnset and Kade Edwards break into the sport through their Academy program. Maes, in particular, would get some incredible results as he won twice in the Junior downhill World Cup races at Fort William and won the multiple EWS races in the Junior category. Taylor Vernon would also take one Junior World Cup win and sit on five podiums.



Riders:

Rachel Atherton
Gee Atherton
Dan Atherton

Marc Beaumont
Martin Maes
Taylor Vernon
Kade Edwards



28 wins and 36 podiums at the downhill World Cup and EWS

Three gold medals at the World Championships and two silver medals.



Starting off with GT on the old and odd-looking GT Fury with the I-drive system, the Athertons work with the bike brand to develop a new downhill bike that helped to kick-start Rachel's incredible record-breaking streak of DH wins. Similar to the Syndicate, the Athertons built their brand off the track with the continuation of their online video series. and Clay Porter's Four by Three video series which showed some incredible insight in the tough life of a World Cup racer and showed us the Quarry Line edit that was a precursor to Dan Atherton's Hardline track.

Dan Atherton Interview




Taylor Vernon has been steadily picking up speed with each run and has a tricky alternate line through the new rock garden. With a 3rd place today in the Junior qualifying it s good to see he him healthy and back on pace.
Gee was back in twelfth in timed training today but he has historically done well here. Timed training isn t the best barometer for forecasting a World Cup.

With only two guys on the podium it was a Crystal duel at 2 yards.



4. Scott/SRAM Racing: 2019

Coming into 2019 with two current World Champions, the Scott/SRAM team was already looking strong but throughout the season we saw standout performances from Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney that proved they are riders at the top of their fields. Accompanied by strong riders like Andri Friscknecht and Lars Forster there is no weak link in this team.

Sweet victory once again for Kate Courtney.


The season started with an impressive win for Courtney in Albstadt that was backed up by a further two more wins and two podium places through the rest of the season. She only dropped outside of the podium on three occasions. Despite her best efforts, Courtney couldn't defend her rainbow jersey this year but she did take the overall World Cup title in a nail-biting last race against her closest rival, Jolanda Neff. Nino Schurter had some questions hanging over him after the offseason and a lower than expected 6th place at Albstadt. But through the rest of the season, the Swiss rider proved all the doubters wrong as he also took three wins and four podiums. Schurter also convincingly took the overall title again this year and he once again took home the rainbow jersey.



Riders:

Nino Schurter
Andri Frischknecht
Lars Forster
Kate Courtney



Seven World Cup XC wins and six podiums

One World Championship title and two World Cup overall victories.



The glory wouldn't all go to just Schurter and Courtney as at the last round of the year in Snowshoe Lars Forster would get his well deserved first World Cup XC win. He was close to achieving this at the first round in Albstadt but an unfortunate crash took him out of contention for most of the season. He will be coming in strong to 2020.

All eyes on Kate.

Lars Forster came close to taking it away from van der Poel but he couldn t match MVDP s power.

Lars Foster is about to go down in history.



5. MS Mondraker: 2016 - 2017

After a reimagining of the team in 2015 that saw Emmeline Ragot return to the team and top British rider Danny Hart leave Giant for Mondraker, there was an uptake in results following the drought of wins from their successful first year on the World Circuit in 2012. For 2016, Danny Hart would stay with the team alongside Markus Pekoll, but with Emmeline Ragot retiring they would hire Laurie Greenland who was coming off a gold medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships.

Markus Pekoll


Danny Hart had a tough time following his early World Championships gold medal in 2011 at Champery but in 2016 he would finally secure his first World Cup win in Lenzerheide and he would subsequently secure three more wins in a row. This included a gold medal at the World Championships in Val di Sole. Laurie Greenland had a great first year in the Elite category and managed one podium at the World Cup and he followed closely behind his teammate Hart at the World Championships in second place.



Riders:

Danny Hart
Laurie Greenland
Markus Pekoll



Four World Cup downhill wins and seven podiums

One gold and one Silver medal at the 2016 World Championships and second place in the 2016 overall World Cup title.



Similar to teams like the Santa Cruz Syndicate, it's hard to pick a specific period for the Mondraker team because alongside some great results between the tape they have worked hard to expand the sport and have helped to launch the careers of some high-level riders. Since 2012, they have had riders such as Johannes Von Klebelsberg (The Denim Destroyer), Brook Macdonald (current team member but also featured on the team in 2012) and Morgane Charre.

Mondraker Summum


Images to go up with a video of Laurie Greenland riding at RoostDH in Spain. www.AspectMedia.tv

What else is there to say about Danny Hart right now He is truly in a league of his own at the moment.

Over the Rainbow.


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6. Trek World Racing: 2011 - 2012

Not many teams can claim they have won the Elite men's series, the Elite women's series and the Team series in one season. Apart from World Championship titles the Trek World Racing team won everything in 2011 and in the same year Aaron Gwin also managed to become the first man to win five World Cups in the same season.



Aaron Gwin's time with Trek was his most prolific with nine World Cup wins and four podium finishes. The American rider had an incredible two years riding the Trek Session and for 2011 at least he was mostly unstoppable. Another incredible rider onboard the Trek in 2011 and 2012 was British rider Tracy Moseley, who took four wins and the Elite women's overall title in 2011. Coming off an incredible World Champs win in 2010, Moseley held back the curse of the rainbow jersey and had an amazing year. The other two riders Justin Leov and Neko Mulally wouldn't quite match the success of their teammates, but with solid results, they helped to put the team at the top of the rankings for 2011.



Riders:

Aaron Gwin
Tracy Moseley
Justin Leov
Neko Mulally



13 World Cup downhill wins and seven podiums

Two World Cup overall titles in 2011 and the Team win



This period of racing would end in controversy for Trek World Racing after Aaron Gwin made the late announcement about his move to Specialized to 2013 which came as a shock to fans but it was an even bigger surprise for the team management who had planned and thought Gwin was already racing for them in the next season.

Top dog on the podium and now almost a lock for the WC overall...Aaron Gwin
Aaron Gwin took a quick inside line in the rock garden--one of only a handful of riders to do so. But that--and whatever other lines he took--were obviously the lines as he qualified nearly six seconds up on Gee Atherton the second fastest qualifier.

10 June 2011 during the 3rd round of the UCI World Cup Downhill amp 4X in Leogang Austria. Photo by Gary Perkin

T-Mo started the day off right for Trek...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP-7LHJkCQg



7. Lapierre Gravity Republic: 2013 - 2014

The Lapierre Gravity Republic team has seen some great results with it being the home of Loic Bruni when he took his first World Championship title in 2015. But during the 2013 and 2014 World Cup season it had a great lineup of riders across both Elite and Junior categories. The young French rider Loris Vergier hadn't quite made it to Elites at this point but he was showing promise as he battled for the overall title with the likes of Luca Shaw. Alongside Loris, there was Sam Blenkinsop and Loic Bruni who was getting his first tastes of Elite racing. The team also featured another French rider with Emmeline Ragot racing in the Elite Women's category.

2014 World Cup 4 Leogang


With five podiums over the two years, Sam Blenkinsop was never far off the leaders at each race. Loic Bruni was not quite the unstoppable force we know now, but being at the younger end of the Elite category and still scoring four podiums was an impressive feat. Loris Vergier had an incredible two seasons as a Junior rider after securing four wins and nine podium finishes. He managed a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships and just a year later he took gold in Norway. Emmeline Ragot was coming to the end of her career racing World Cups during this time and was facing off fast British riders like Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter but she still managed to get four wins and 10 podiums under her belt onboard the Lapierre.



Riders:

Loic Bruni
Loris Vergier
Sam Blenkinsop
Emmeline Ragot



Eight World Cup wins and 28 podiums

One Junior World Cup title in 2014. Alongside a silver in Juniors the previous year and a silver in the Elite women



Just like other teams in the past decade, there was a big push to document the experience of racing World Cups in video format. But the Lapierre Gravity Republic took a different approach in 2013 and 2014 as they produced two feature-length documentaries that released after the season had finished. These showed an even deeper level of insight into the highs and lows of World Cup racing.

Loris Vergier slipped a bit and then some on his run the number two qualifier in the juniors had a hell of a crash knocked his head and came home over two minutes off pace.

A fovorite to watch and one who shows flashes of brilliance on some tracks this just wasn t Sam Blenkinsop s weekend.

Loic Bruni

...


Emmeline Ragot taking Rachel Atherton off the podium for the first time this season. Although Rachel crashed it s good to see the faces change.
Roles reversed. While Vergier was fastest on Friday he just didn t have the speed to match Rude.





8. Commencal Vallnord: 2018 - 2019

The Commencal Vallnord team could be the biggest team at the World Cup with six riders across multiple categories they have a top rider in most of the racers. With this, it's no surprise that is is often this team taking the team win at most rounds of the World Cup. Although the team has been hit with quite a few injuries, most notable of which is Myriam Nicole who was injured for most of 2018 and for most of 2019 with two different injuries. But the depth of talent on the Commencal team more than makes up for if one or two riders are missing.



Amaury Pierron has had an incredible two years on this team with his first win in Fort William back in 2018 kicking off a French revolution in mens downhill that so far has only been broken by Laurie Greenland and Danny Hart. Since starting on the team in 2018 Pierron has racked up six World Cup wins and six podium finishes. This includes a bronze medal at this year's World Championships. Another extremely fast French rider on the team is Thibaut Daprela who has dominated the Junior mens field for the past two years. Daprela has taken the win 10 times and a podium on four occasions, although just like Pierron the rainbow jersey has alluded him.

Myriam Nicole hasn't had the best two seasons with injuries that have meant missing a large number of races, but her results have been incredible when she does make it to the start gate. Two wins and five podiums are nothing to complain about, especially when this includes a bronze medal at the 2018 World Champs and the rainbow jersey from this year's event at Mont-Sainte-Anne. The only other rider on the six-person roster to make a podium place is Remi Thirion who hasn't quite found the pace on the race course in recent years, but he is always a man to watch.



Riders:

Myriam Nicole
Amaury Pierron
Thibaut Daprela
Remi Thirion
Gaetan Ruffin
Thibaut Ruffin



17 World Cup downhill wins and 16 podiums

Elite, Junior and Team overall titles in 2018

Women's World Championship title in 2019



As we move into the next decade of racing the Commencal Vallnord team is definitely going to be one to watch as they seem pretty unstoppable right now. In 2018, they managed to take the Elite men, Junior men and Team overall for the season. In 2019, they secured the Junior mens title once again and came very close to the other two titles.


Amaury Pierron Interview

Myriam Nicole hasn t been hanging about this weekend. She looks to be back up to speed already.

Myriam Nicole went down early and would have a lengthy wait in the hot seat as she watched rider try and fail to beat her time.






9. Fox Factory/Yeti: 2014 - 2015

Not many teams can say they won the overall EWS titles back to back with two different riders but that is exactly what the Fox Factory/Yeti team managed for the 2014 and 2015 season. With Richie Rude and Jared Graves both making the switch to focus on the EWS as their main discipline, they used the skills they had developed from racing other formats and proved that Enduro racing rewards well-rounded riders.


Jared Graves managed to secure the most wins of the two riders with four first places under his belt over the two year period. He also finished on the podium in three other races. He top results meant he could secure the overall title in Finale Ligure at the end of 2014, the second-ever EWS series. Richie Rude may not have performed quite as well as Jared but with consistent results and three race wins Richie was able to round out the 2015 season with a series win.



Riders:

Jared Graves
Richie Rude



Eight EWS wins and five podium finishes

Overall winners in the Elite men's racing for both 2014 and 2015



Jared Graves would move onto Specialized for 2016 but Richie Rude has stayed with Yeti and has seen even more great results with the team. Although both riders were caught in controversy when they tested positive for banned substances at the 2018 EWS round in Olargues, France.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB6 and SB5. Richie will be racing the SB5 here in Ireland.

Richie Rude did exactly what he needed to this weekend - nothing spectacular 11th was all he needed to put the title beyond the reach of his challengers.

Richie Rude is beyond physical with his riding - on the pumptrack-y section on the upper part of stage four he was taking no prisoners.

It s a solid sixth for Jared Graves on his return from injury a confident as we head into the second half of the season that should suit his strengths.

Yeti team images by Sebastian Schieck at EWS 3 2014

Jared Graves - Over a Decade with Yeti Cycles PR images.



10. Specialized Racing: 2013 - 2015

The pairing of Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin on Specialized could be one of the best we have seen this decade. Who wouldn't want one of the most successful riders of all time alongside one of the most consistent? The Specialized Racing team may not have dominated the World Cup circuit between 2013 and 2015 but they did get quite a few top results.

SVEN MARTIN PHOTO


Troy Brosnan could be the most consistent rider we have seen in the history of downhill and his time on Specialized Racing was pretty incredible with his results for three seasons of racing averaging at 6th place. In this period, he had 11 podium finishes. Brosnan's ability to find himself on the podium is simply unmatched by any other rider. His teammate Gwin may not be the most consistent of riders but his less calculated style of riding produces incredible results, as can be seen from his win on the drenched Mont-Sainte-Anne track in 2017. In the three seasons Gwin raced with Specialized he racked up five wins and won the 2015 series overall.



Riders:

Aaron Gwin
Troy Brosnan



Six World Cup downhill wins and 16 podium finishes

Troy Brosnan achieves an average of 6th place at every race between 2013 and 2015



Specialized has always been good and finding pairs of riders that work well together and in more recent years they have seen the likes of Bruni and Vergier and Bruni and Iles team up to take on the World Cup circuit.

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015

SVEN MARTIN PHOTO

Sun-baked dirt boulders stars and stripes. The 2014 DH mountain bike season got lit up in the most explosive start to the racing in recent memory and it was the long-awaited return of the all-American king Aaron Gwin.

DFL for Gwin but you gotta give the man credit for riding a tire wheel combo from halfway to the first woods at the top of the track all the way home. Sure 39 seconds off pace but he never let off the gas.

Aaron Gwin after crossing the line knowing that without a doubt the World Cup overall was his for the third time.





121 Comments

  • 139 8
 That Yeti team was dope .
  • 14 12
 Read: that yeti team is dope . As soon as they get around to all the announcements.

I'm just playing but Ritchie and Jared seemed to have a lot of fun together.
  • 4 1
 Dont forget cody kelly!@samnation:
  • 11 8
 Doping?
  • 6 0
 they gave Gwin his first chance at pro racing...
  • 62 1
 2011 Demo still doesn't look outdated.
  • 17 17
 Sold mine in this March, the best bike I ever had. Until my current 2019 Stumpjumper.
  • 1 1
 That bike was too good-looking!
  • 51 1
 Pretty sure chain reaction out do yeti with a 3 peat and jr world enduro title
  • 5 1
 Agree!
  • 4 1
 I'm surprised that one didn't make in onto the list too. Definitely a better overall team than some of the other teams in the list. DH world cup wins and the three-peat in EWS.
  • 14 0
 Yeah and what about Specialized Gravity? Loic has won 3 of the last 4 world champs + a World Cup over all and Finn has won a junior worlds and World Cup overall
  • 10 7
 @jaame: take out the xc team and throw CRC in there tuh!
  • 1 2
 Also didn't the combo of T-Mo and Leov do similarly well to the two gentlemen on yeti over similar years?
  • 3 2
 @mtbmaniatv: Exactly what I was thinking!
  • 4 2
 Yah and Sam Hill beat both graves and rude to take the title with no juice...
  • 1 0
 This is about teams rather than individual riders
  • 1 0
 @boozed: well to be fair sam was the only rider on the team year 1 of the first title. But chains as a team ahould definitely be there
  • 39 1
 One thing that’s perplexed me with that era of the syndicate was they had a team of literal giants (all 3 well above 6ft) yet their bikes were tiny. Only took Minaar near 20 years to find a bike that fits him.
  • 25 4
 Imagine how fast the three of them would have been in their prime with modern 29ers that fit them.
  • 6 1
 Agree, they look like kids bikes compared to the riders. And just look at the seat height, looks more like an XC than a DH
  • 1 0
 Didn't they have custom XXL frames made for them and finally released to the public later?
  • 37 1
 Rachel Atherton would have single handedly put trek factory racing on this list surely?
  • 2 1
 They are on there
  • 23 2
 No Devinci Global Racing? Remember the one with those guys Stevie and Mark? 2013 World Cup Champion, forever the peoples champion, surely deserves a spot on the list.
  • 2 0
 That's exactly what I was thinking. I remember the race where all three of The Devinci guys got on the podium. I think the last guy was Nick Beer in addition to Stevie and Mark.
  • 4 0
 @chickenlassi: 2012 Hafjell Norway Stevie won, George Brannigan second, and Nick Beer fifth. It was Stevie's first world cup win, and definitely a memorable race for me Smile
  • 2 0
 Um ya.......WTF
  • 19 0
 Gwin was unbelievable with Trek. Seemed to be able to take it up a gear from everyone else.
  • 18 4
 Not trying to nitpick, tho: No mention of Ravanel’s EWS dominance?
  • 4 1
 That's not really a nitpick so much as it is pointing out a glaring omission.
  • 12 0
 **Team*** not single rider
  • 4 2
 @GFGF: lololol dude missed the title or something
  • 1 0
 @GFGF: as far as i can remember she’s on Commencal Vallnord, just like Pierron.
  • 6 0
 I know it’s not the winningest team- but I was a huge fan of the Intense Factory Racing team with Dean Lucas, Jack Moir and Charlie Harrison. They all rode really well and developed a bunch on that team and always looked to have this really nice balance of fun, camaraderie and serious completion. Made me a big fan of all three of those guys and one of my favourite teams of all time.
  • 5 0
 I know pure results might be why it's not included but I really liked the Atherton team when they were on Commencal that was iconic downhill biking. All 3 of the family, cool bikes and that great blue/black/white kit.
And the Atherton Project which was great fun at the time.
I was there when Gee won at Champery in 2010 and still have finish line photo on my wall!
  • 7 0
 Monster Energy Specialized were the kings of Flat pedals. Still my favorite team.
  • 6 0
 No Chain Reaction Cycles racing? 3 back to back EWS titles plus jounior EWS titles.
  • 1 0
 Plus they were pretty successful at DH. Probably had as many wins as that spesh team, Sam atleast.
  • 6 2
 What ever happened to Lapierre? They were at one point more popular at trail centres than SC Bronsons then they just disappeared.
  • 166 1
 they disapierred
  • 4 1
 I don`t know. Commercially they seem to survive, their bikes have good press even if they got stolen by Commençal success, Nico Vouilloz is still a good ambassador but his role about research and development seems aleatory. They are still into enduro with Adrien Dailly, but the DH Lapierre Gravity doesn`t give any sign of life for a while..... also Jean-Pierre Bruni and Claude Vergier, respectively the fathers of who you know, are developping the eMTB department.
DH doesn`t seem to interest them anymore... also the market is saturated and commercially it`s risky and beyond their capacities... until a probable come back. Who knows?...
  • 4 2
 @ajayflex: I like that very much.
  • 3 1
 @softsteel:
Jean piece Bruni is 2019 master 55-59 dh world champ
Dh still seem to interest him a bit
  • 1 3
 They all snapped! Even now their bikes crack more than most.
  • 3 0
 @glen-allaire: I think he meant Lapierre by "them". That the truth, they (Lapierre) focused on ebikes, and out of the time of the gravity Republic the brand has zero appeal for gravity riders (imo).
  • 2 0
 It's a shame. They were killing it late 00s up to 2013-14 then silence. Not sure if a change go factory happened but all seemed to turn to crap.. That eshock zesty sucked, and we had road bikes breaking constantly..
  • 6 2
 I was scrolling to the bottom hoping/ expecting to see the Iron Horse/ Mad catz team. Maybe just reminds me of a golden era in DH for me.
  • 14 1
 Main truck of that era was 2000 - 2009 so, not with the Decade that the article is about.
  • 2 0
 @2-1RacingUK: fair enough!
  • 8 3
 I’m still hard pushed to find a better looking bike than that Mondraker DH bike.
  • 11 5
 Unno. for obvious reasons, takes that challenge. :-)
  • 3 0
 I really like the summum, but the fact that the swingarm on all mondraker bikes isn't level always bothered me. On the topic of beauty, I might be a bit biased, but I like my own bike very much Big Grin
  • 2 1
 @tadgercat: both were designed by the same guy, just one comes in raw carbon
  • 4 0
 Surprised you guys cut short the syndicate when rat and peat left. It's still a super powerful team with Loris and Luca....
  • 2 0
 The 'new' team will have its day soon no doubt, but in reality it's a shadow of what was when it was Rennie, Peaty, Minnaar and then Bryce. I would argue the final trio before the big changeup did more for the image and recognition of DH racing than any team in the sport's history; they were giants in the sport, figuratively and literally.
  • 4 0
 The Pivot team is pretty dope, built from the ground up and self managed.

Also no CRC?
  • 2 0
 Not from the last decade, but probably the two of the greatest teams.

Volvo Cannondale

Global racing (racing Honda bikes)
  • 4 1
 Ridiculous that Syndicate is number 2 to Monster... the Syndicate did it better, for longer. Easily deserve the top spot.
  • 3 0
 Exactly. Syndicate definitely deserves to be #1. As much as I love the SH Specialized era and his riding, Syndicate really showed what a gravity team could do and started on things that are now common (like race vloging)
  • 3 0
 Worthy list. Awesome to see the throwbacks. Tough to rank the greats. That top 3 could've almost been in any order. DH!!!
  • 3 1
 Are we not gonna talk about the Trek C3 team at all? They have been dominating the film and slope style as well has having a huge part in free ride all decade.
  • 2 0
 10. Specialized racing. Also noteworthy was gwin, crushing the competition without a chain in Leogang.....
  • 1 0
 Respect to all my favorite riders, but I think Commencal should be up higher. And, they're still a wrecking force with a future
  • 2 0
 Casually forgets to mention that one time when Jenny Rissveds won an olympics... Ok boomer
  • 6 7
 Real racing cannot return to these pages soon enough. This is Filler defined. The editorial effort is appreciated, but until there are results of some kind to pore over, these are the Doldrums incarnate.
  • 2 1
 I vote for a 24 race dh circuit and no off season!
  • 2 0
 None of them held a Candle to the late 90s early 2000 Sunn Teams.....
  • 4 2
 Trek C3?? Helloooooo?? PINKBIKE is anybody home????
  • 1 0
 Surprises me how small 26" tires look now on mt bikes. Like strider bikes with suspension.
  • 1 0
 Let's not forget Ed Masters, Jack Moir and Casey Brown were on the Bergamont team together in 2014.
  • 1 0
 Let's not forget that Bryceland was also the last person to win a world cup on 26" wheels.
  • 1 0
 Uhhh... no mention of CG with The Syndicate? Really? Cause best dude ever... what the hell?
  • 2 0
 Surprised the Syndicate team wasn't number 1 on this list...
  • 2 1
 Was greg minaar not world champ in 2013 as well?
  • 2 1
 Sooo... Which team was most entertaining? On and off the track?
  • 6 2
 Commencal, in the last two years. Mainly down to Amaury.
  • 9 3
 @tobiusmaximum: seriously? You ever watch the syndicate? They’re work hard party harder team.
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Pompon was 3rd in 2018 and Gold in 2019 Worlds, with horrible injuries both years. Daprela won almost every race he signed off for. But yes, we all like to watch Amaury racing.
  • 1 4
 @wvanlogg: They'd be faster if they were a party hard work harder team Smile
  • 1 1
 Before Absalon’s retirement BMC was pretty much the dominant team in men‘s XC racing.
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 well, all but Absalon's last 2 years, when he struggled against Schurter
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 How small do them v10s look especially peatys haha
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 Luna/Cliff All women's teams with world titles?
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 Commencal and Atherton Racing was a cool team back in the day.
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 and the actual Specialized team?

Bruni and Fill are two monsters!
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 Except a chrono failure put the wrong girl in the team in 2018...I'm gone....
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 Yeah Fill, go Fill!
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 @kieranknows: Fill is the best rider of all time
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 @cuban-b: I hate my corrector Frown
Finn --'
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 What about the iron horse madcatz team? That team was fire
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 ..
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 That GT team was huge!
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 Denim Team?
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 The Ghost XC team did really well in 2019.
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 Whatever. They were invisible.
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 Iron Horse Mad Catz
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 Not this decade homie
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 UR TEAM should be on the list
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 YT Mob with back to back titles in its first two tries?
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 I can see your point with Gwin being the power house he was. But their success was almost all him. The team wasn't one of the greats I don't suppose.
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 @lebikeman: YT Mob had Angel Suarez who was injured for pretty much the whole time. He only started performing three months before Gwinner quit the team.
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 @jaame: quit??
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 @Trudeez: contract expired, whatever
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 @jaame: more like. . .Marcus lied to Gwin and told him YT was pulling out of racing for the foreseeable future. Aaron had to go actively find a new team and eventually ended up co-founding his own team with intense, only to find out a few weeks later that the YT team was, in fact, continuing on without him.
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 @Trudeez: oh right. That was a c*nt’s trick then
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 @Trudeez: You were at the meeting? Please include some quotes. Just because AG seems like a righteous, humble, god-fearing man doesn’t mean he is automatically the victim. Look at the Crusader’s multi-century orgy of murder, for example.
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 I thought Specialized and Sam Hill were a bad fit. The end to an era.
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 Errrr, Iron Horse 2007-08?
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 Great team but the article was limited to the past decade. I'll have to get used to this too, that we just entered a new decade Wink .
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 @vinay: technically we are still in the same decade. New decade starts in 2021. Remember nothing starts at zero.
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