Trek Teases New DH Team Riders

Jan 10, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

With the Athertons moving on from Trek, we knew it wouldn't be long before we got a glimpse at what would be coming next for the brand. Today we get a first look at the team including four mysterious riders.

The team will be running Trek Session frames with Bontrager and SRAM components, according to the press release every one of the team will be running the 29er platform. 100% will be finishing off the sponsor list providing clothing, helmets and goggles.

As for the riders, we have four men due to be announced "in the coming weeks". Three elites and one junior. 3,2,1... Get guessing!


PRESS RELEASE: Trek

Trek Bicycle announced today the creation of the all-new Trek Factory Racing Downhill team. Like other programs under the Trek Factory Racing banner, the new team will be owned and operated by Trek.

Trek's downhill program will continue its partnership with components manufacturer SRAM/RockShox and will this year begin a new, multi-year partnership with 100%, which will provide the team with eyewear, clothing, and protection.

The roster will be announced in the coming weeks. It will include three elite riders and one junior rider who will focus on the UCI World Cup Downhill circuit and select regional and national races.

“Our passion for racing is driven by product development, and owning our teams has been a successful recipe for the brand," said Sports Marketing Director Tim Vanderjeugd.

Trek's direct ownership of its racing programs closes the loop between athletes and what they ride, giving engineers a direct line to the input they need to make the best products for all riders.

If you spend too much time on Instagram stories, this is a big clue.

With SRAM, RockShox, and 100%, we have the best partners imaginable to make this team a success," said Vanderjeugd. "These brands are industry leaders and are, like Trek, passionate and committed to innovation. We can’t wait for the racing to get going!”

The athletes will be equipped exclusively with 100%’s ultralight Aircraft Helmet (the winningest full-face helmet four years running), a brand-new line of DH-specific protective gear, and 100%’s category-defining optics. The final kit design will be released in February.


bigquotesWe’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Trek Factory Racing Downhill. The team definitely shares our boundary-pushing competitive vision and everyday commitment to race-winning performances.Mike Wilson, 100% marketing manager

Trek Factory Racing Downhill will compete on the 29er platform of the Session downhill bike. Team bikes will have Bontrager wheels and tires and SRAM and RockShox BoXXer parts.

bigquotesWe couldn’t be happier with this new partnership. Trek understands the value racing has on making great products as much as we do. With amazing talent, support, and race-proven bikes and components, this program will blow minds this year.John Dawson, SRAM mtb sports marketing director



133 Comments

  • + 299
 This all has crossed over into kind of annoying. All these separate farewell press releases, welcome releases, teasers, perpetuated "rumors" It's fun, to a point. I'm at "call me when we are racing WC" , over it.
  • - 8
flag endurocat (Jan 10, 2019 at 7:28) (Below Threshold)
 This is lame. Like this team is going to do better than the last one.
  • + 81
 I 100% don't give a flying damn... I'd rather watch Cyclocross Calendar with Yoann Barelli in tight and clothing covered in mud.
  • + 57
 Its like leaving the Xmas tree up until the middle of january. Its now a fire hazard that should of been delt with last week*

*Guilty
  • + 13
 I agree. Fooking sick of the rumor crap and the "Thank you Goodbye" Press Releases about Exiting racers.
  • + 4
 Agreed, who cares
  • + 30
 Whatever gets the clicks. We all clicked. Nice set of pajamas, anyway.
  • + 9
 Yea I understand contracts and all and how certain things can't be revealed right away. I even get the whole separate farewell and welcome press releases as each company wants their fair share of press. But this is just dumb. You know who the riders are, they are signed, what they are riding, who the sponsors are etc? But now the reveal is in the coming weeks? For f*cks sake just announce the f*cking team.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Is that a real thing??
I'd watch the crap out of that too!
  • + 12
 I am not at all mad or irritated in any way that these types of articles are coming out.
  • + 7
 reece wilson kade edwards and idk the rest lol
  • + 17
 You're all moaning about teams having a bit of fun with some of the more interesting news the mtb world gets in the off season? How edgy of you...
  • - 2
 @Lets-go-fishing: i agree with you ... what a bunch of cry babies . go watch some Trump shit if you don't like it here on pinkbike guys .
  • + 6
 @dh-bomber: Nobody is crying, I just think the over hype machine is a bit silly. All in good fun.
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: Fake tree here and a great excuse! Tree always stays up till my b'day in mid January.

Still absolutely agree though, your point is right on.
  • + 2
 if you didn’t like the articles just skip and wear your pajamas ????.
  • + 4
 It's january ffs. Be happy that there are any articles coming out! It's only few months away till the season will be upon us again.
  • + 5
 Wow Trek really pushed the boat out again for 2019 with an all Red bike!, they must have so much money that they can employ graphic designers and a marketing team to do absolutely nothing year in year out.
  • + 1
 what's the problem?
you don't have to visit this website
you could skip all the "team" articles
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: Thanks. Staring at our Xmas tree right now...
  • + 3
 @dh-bomber: whats trump got to do with this?? I wish the anti-trump "cry babies" would stop bringing so much attention to this dude, he won the election, get over it. Really so sick of people using antitrump sentiment to gain support from other anti-trumpers.
  • + 1
 @adirint: true, to many negativity from people, just go and rip the trails!
  • + 120
 Reece Wilson, Charlie Harrison, Kade Edwards and Ethan Shandro!
  • + 5
 This seems pretty accurate
  • + 2
 I’d agree with this, hopefully should lead to some sick edits this year
  • + 2
 Agree 100% with Ethan Shandro as well. This Trek team is going to be fun to watch this year regardless of results
  • + 2
 @HunterMcC1: Check Ethan's instargam...posted a pic of the exact bike a few weeks back.
  • + 2
 Given away by the kendama
  • + 1
 close
  • + 2
 Charlie Harrison would be sick on the Trek team. He did say in a vital interview with Sven Martin he would only ride a 29er dh bike
  • + 2
 Im so stoked to see Ethan racing world cups. In Seasons movie with Andrew segment he was so young and now he is gonna racing world cups. Anyway Kudos for Trek. Ive never seen such a young Team. Cant wait for a world cups.
  • + 1
 @AdamOdh: Ah cool, he's actually the son of Andrew, the true godfather of the Session (the 7, 77 and 10 which didn't actually look like a session). Pretty cool to see the second generation making it to the top of competition. First Manon Carpenter, now Ethan Shandro. Or are there more that I missed?
  • + 1
 @AdamOdh: would we be able to call them “Young Talent”? ????
  • + 1
 @gonecoastal: Ah, I know his dad is friends with Vouilloz but I wasn't aware his dad is a top level DH racer too.
  • + 1
 Sounds right except Why would Trek spec the bike with ODI Aaron Gwin Signature Grips????
  • + 1
 @vinay: Andri Frischknecht in XC
  • + 75
 Meanwhile I'm mentally undressing 4 men while I sit at work.
  • + 64
 "The Trek team will ride Trek bikes..." no shit sherlock!
  • + 69
 It was good to mention, since every downhill bike looks like a session.
  • + 28
 I would have dressed out a bunch of guys from the accounting department for the photo. Might as well really mess with people if you're going to drag out the roster announcement.
  • + 8
 opened the article and thought... wow... Stigs... four of them... in grey.
  • + 11
 Yeah, where's the elite and junior females? As much drum banging as Trek does about women in cycling, you'd think they'd have some women on their DH roster. They lead the way for this in nearly every single other racing discipline, CX, XC, Enduro, even road all have top notch female talent, to go from Rachel Atherton and Mille Johnset to zero is a bit silly.
  • + 45
 In their defense... There would need to be a potential top rider up for a new contract for them to sign. Much of the top 10 in the women's field were locked in for 2019 by previous contracts, and almost no one was a free agaent this off season.
  • + 7
 @davetrumpore:
Just what i was thinking. The girls need to be deserving of a spot as much as the guys. If there are no real contenders out there atm there's no need to have a woman on the team and it's rather hard to sign top talent if non is available.
  • - 2
 @davetrumpore: they could have taken Miranda off specialized. I assume she has a spot on a team for this coming year. Even if the results havent always been there she is pretty marketable.
  • - 34
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 10, 2019 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: did you have the consent of Junior Females to take pictures of them?
  • + 29
 @WAKIdesigns: don't be a creep
  • + 2
 @adrennan: Thats fair, but she's certainly going to some other team right? And if she went to Trek instead then that team would have no woman rider, which people would likely complain about.
  • + 9
 @adrennan: what if she wanted to race EWS instead, or had better offers, etc.

Trek supports a whole lot of fast and talented women accross the board of disciplines, and just wrapped up three years racking up DH women's titles. So I'd say on a whole they support women in cycling/racing better than most.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: I totally agree, I know that Casey Brown said she was done with EWS, but I don't see her getting it done in WCDH as talented as she is.
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: Thank you for saying this! I wanted to say such, but not everyone understand what the team wants and who is presently available to be brought on. We may see new additions next year, who knows! But Trek does a fine job promoting women cycling!!
  • - 2
 @davetrumpore: Put me in a dress and slather me with lipstick. I'll race as a women. That's Ma'am not Sir!!
  • + 1
 @ryane: you look like Za’am
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: too late.... He is
  • + 1
 @Keit: I guess people who know me can judge that...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: you are welcome.
  • + 8
 It's pretty obvious the only reason people are complaining about press releases being annoying and trying to call the company out on woman riders is because it's a trek article.

If this was a "cool" brand like yt or Kona or something you guys wouldn't be as negative.

Same thing happened when people were saying unreal or not2bad just felt like a giant trek commercial. All videos are that for their respective brands.

Y'all suck. Just don't click
  • - 4
flag BikesBoatsNJeeps (Jan 10, 2019 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 I own two Treks, I also own a Chromag, a Panasonic and a custom frame.

They are probably one of the largest racing team owners in cycling when you figure how many disciplines they support.

Trek is constantly on about women in cycling, they are constantly on shops about hiring female employees, they sponsor several women in cycling events annually, last year Rachel Atherton was a keynote speaker at one. It just seems a bit short sighted to build a new pro team from scratch and include no female riders. I understand there isn't a wide range of female riders, but the optics just aren't that great for a brand that is typically very pro "women in cycling."
  • + 6
 They're gunna smash an egg and spoon race
  • + 3
 These people/companies are getting too full of themselves.
One thing this 'story' didn't do for me, was make me think about buying anything made by Trek, SRAM, or 100%
  • + 0
 Wow, the Athertons must have been so overpriced that trek can now throw money at a full factory team and probqbly still be saving. And of course there's that extra incentive of a male rider actually accomplishing something for Trek, something that has long been forgotten.
  • + 4
 It's Gwin and some 3 random guys, cuz they ran out of money.
  • + 3
 You know some creepy sod is going to identify them by the tip of their nose.
  • + 2
 kade edwards is 100% on this team mate saw him running a bike with those components the other day
  • + 3
 They are going to ride a bikes that all looks like...
  • + 3
 I was told it wasn't nice to tease others....
  • + 1
 Is it really a teaser if everybody who cares already knows and everyone else doesn't really care?
  • + 2
 What's the chance those 2 reds match?
  • + 0
 Like the Session with the Boxxer but it´s really time for a new/modern paint job. Just red works well but just a little bit Wink !
  • + 1
 Tell Ferrari that haha
  • + 1
 Soon,when humans have their serial number tattooed on their necks, they will need turtlenecks for stunts like this.
  • + 1
 too much teasing, makes the surprise vanishing.
  • + 2
 the suspense....
  • + 1
 Reece Wilson, Brook MacDonald, Aaron Twin and Taylor Swift.
  • + 1
 Do I spot Dean Lucas and Phill Atwil?
  • + 1
 from left to right, the second, not me
  • + 1
 Wonder how many wheels they are going to take up the lift with them
  • + 1
 Looks like a session to me
  • + 1
 Could that be Miranda Miller on the far left? They said three elites
  • + 2
 YAWWWWWWNNNNNNNN!!!!
  • + 1
 so Trek recruited multiple Stigs?
  • + 2
 Red bikes make you fast
  • + 1
 Gwin, Neko, Brook, Greenland
  • + 1
 did someone disinfect that couch before they sat on it?
  • + 1
 how do you think they got the ride?
  • + 1
 They'll be on 27.5 bikes soon after the season starts.
  • + 2
 Those kits are DOPE!
  • + 1
 I dunno, but that looks like a session to me...
  • + 1
 Reece wilson I say
  • + 1
 Has Kade left too???
  • + 1
 It's a team of stigs
  • + 1
 It's young again!
  • + 0
 i wish Charlie was back on Fox, oh well.
  • + 0
 Does anyone other than Gwin wear Vans (last pic)?
  • + 1
 Have seen Reece Wallace in instagram posts wearing vans
  • + 1
 He’s wearing Giro shoes... Although the bike does have his ODI Signature Grips
  • + 1
 @DJR9000 dumb me i meant Reece Wilson of course
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