YT Announces Full 2018 Rider Roster

Feb 22, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
PRESS RELEASE: YT Industries

At YT, we’re not hiring athletes, we keep on building a family. United by the YT state of mind, not defined by boundaries. We are stoked to be represented by each of them: Riders who stand out as legends of the sport. Rookies who burst onto the scene, blowing people’s minds. A bunch of characters showing what riding bikes is all about and what YT stands for. Live uncaged.

Andreu Lacondeguy
No one to better represent good times than Andreu! He has been with YT since the beginning and we are stoked to keep him in the family for 2018 and beyond, sick man!
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Cam Zink
World record backflips, massive 360s and breath-taking rampage runs, Cam keeps raising the bar on what seems to be impossible and we are proud to continue having him on the team.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Ethan Nell
Most impressive Rampage Rookie, rising freeride star, no matter what you call him, the Utah local came out of nowhere and is blowing minds with his massive style! We are happy to welcome him on the global team!
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Brett Tippie
Even good times need a director, who else than Brett Tippie could be the right one for the job!? Being the epitome of our spirit he is, we are more than happy to continue with Tippie on the front lines of mountain biking.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Rob Warner
Between legendary commentating at World Cup races, shenanigans on and off the bike and pub guiding tours we are stoked to welcome Rob to the YT Family!
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Steve Jones


Bryan Regnier
Bryan has been a big part of the YT Family and our communication in the past and besides racing selected EWS races he continues to be the face of YT, shredding every bike we have in our stable with effortless style.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Yannick Granieri
French father of slopestyle, Yannick keeps being an awesome ambassador of mountain biking and will keep to casually throw down on massive jumps and ripping through the European mountains, there is definitely more to come from Mister Granieri.
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Adolf Silva
Prince of La Poma, best trick winner at Taxco Urban Downhill and all round wild man Adolf Silva has his sight set for big things in the years to come! Expect being stoked, as Adolf is just getting started to leave his mark on the international scene.
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Jordie Lunn
Jordie is the definition of balls to the wall gnar! Destroying the woods in “Rough as f*ck” and boosting his TUES over massive FEST jumps in the past, 2018 will be a year to watch out for Jordie.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Ace Hayden
Laid back Canadian style and always a big smile on his face, Ace continues to represent the good times! We are happy to see him shred with us in the future.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Austin Warren
Massive moto whips and always on the gas, Bubba will fight for the King of Crankworx title while getting his name out there on the Crankworx World Tour. Watch out Best Whip judges.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Vali Höll
After years of building her race craft on the mountains of Saalbach (Austria) and winning several European Cups, beating boys and elite woman along the way, Vali is looking forward to race her first UCI DH World Cup season as a junior and show the world that she is one to keep an eye on in the future! We are proud to continue as her official frame supplier as part of our sponsorship of SRAM’s new race team which will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries James Cheadle


Bienvenido Aguado
La Poma local and pioneer of double front flips, Bienve continues to represent the roots of YT, putting the DIRTLOVE to good use with his super smooth style!
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Erik Irmisch
European Cup veteran, R&D multitool, Kebab aficionado and all around stoked individual is the good spirit of the YT Family and has been riding for YT since the first TUES.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Isac Paddock


Richie Schley
Freeride Mountain Bike Pioneer, MTB Hall of Fame member and globally known face of mountain biking. When he is not schleying the trails around Laguna he will be supporting us to establish our new operation in the US and be part of our US Demo Tour. Richie knows how to properly enjoy the Californian Lifestyle and we are happy to welcome him to the YT Family!
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries AJ Allen


Aaron Gwin
The chainless wizard and five-time Overall UCI DH World Cup winner is again the guy to beat for the top step of the podium, going for the championship hattrick Aaron will make the earth shake again while he pilots his TUES down the most challenging tracks of DH racing.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo


Angel Suarez
After two years filled with injury Angel is all healed up and ready to unleash his full potential on the downhill racing circuit, proving his speed and establishing himself on the scene.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Isac Paddock


Neko Mulally
Besides boosting the US downhill racing scene to new heights with his own PRO GRT race venue, Neko is ready to attack a new season of racing the world’s best to prove he belongs into podium territory.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo



226 Comments

  • + 197
 Some serious talent in that lineup
  • + 32
 YT's unofficial official released pre released post production team - TBD
  • + 75
 “So which riders are on our radar for 2018?”

“...all of them”
  • + 22
 Absolutely stacked.
  • + 171
 I like how they casually slip Gwin in near the bottom. Like, oh Gwin, yeah we got him too.
  • + 19
 I have no clue about Angel Suarez' potential, but I feel sorry for him with all this bad luck with injuries. Wish you all the best for 2018!
  • + 9
 I believe we call this a stacked roster
  • + 4
 @BryceBorlick: They could slip me into the bottom of that roster and I'd be happy. Speaking of which, they seem to be missing that one person who ties it all together. #YTcallme
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flag RollinFoSho (Feb 23, 2018 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 Wierd linep for a company called Young Talent. Even wierder is their creepy videos and their whole Illuminati and “Return of the Goat” (Baphomet) marketing. I’ll be keeping my young away from YT.
  • + 180
 Wow that’s a ridiculous amount of talent. Can I join too? Bio might read:

BlaBlaEnduro
Barely in his 30’s still and with no tats, no race results, and a new baby and job this year, this guy is gonna struggle to get out in 2018. He’s set on continuing his dawn patrol assault on the local scene and is honing in on some PRs on some easy-ass (I mean sic AF) flow trails. When not getting bucked off line or casing jumps he takes long bathroom breaks to troll the bikerweb.
  • + 1
 stacked!
  • + 1
 @BryceBorlick: Yeah, made me chuckle,they must be rinsing it with all those riders
  • + 5
 @WasatchEnduro: Seriously one of the best comments I've read in a long time!
  • + 1
 Now they need to sell a lot of bikes to pay all these people... And some of them ain't cheap... I wonder if the prices will increase or the specs will drop.
  • - 19
flag RollinFoSho (Feb 23, 2018 at 15:15) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry, not into YT's website blasting weird images super fast to program your subconscious. Not into their twisted video "Return of the Goat" YT, try taking the high road instead. YT trolls can downvote me away but whatever.
  • + 2
 @WasatchEnduro: Best comment ever on Pinkbike!!
  • + 3
 @WasatchEnduro: That sums a lot of us up perfectly LOL
  • + 3
 All I can say is wow. They must be selling an ABSOLUTE FUCK TON OF BIKES to pay for all these guys.
  • + 9
 @WasatchEnduro: ... and just like that, you're my new favorite rider!
  • + 2
 The only one making a living with to afford healthcare and retirement plan would be sir Gwinn all the rest will be on product, planerides and peanuts. Public bike companies have been making 5% after tax profit margins for the last couple of years that i have been following them. They payfor stock and design along time before they sell them and that money cost money( unless you have it like GIANT MANUFACTURING). Working capital cost between 20%pa and 99%pa. Think payday loans for corporates Yes there margin maybe higher but they arent printing $$ @Slabrung:
  • + 0
 @gcrider: Yeah I guess you're right. Still I wonder what are the costs of getting those guys to the racing venues and paying all the related costs + pocket money. I bought a YT last year and after making a payment thought 'ok Cam, here's the money for your next airplane ticket to Rampage' Big Grin Not that I mind this!
  • + 1
 Would be great if more of them made $$. Specialized pay P Sagan 4million €. They get cross over marketing for that. I have avoided brands because of local wanker pros( road) they have had on their roster . now want to support same brand for support of local mtb pro. @Slabrung:
  • + 1
 #squadgoals
  • + 3
 @WasatchEnduro: classic PB right there!!
  • + 2
 Wait... Tippie and Schley for YT!? So they just need to get Simmons for a Fro Riders reunion!!
  • + 1
 @WasatchEnduro: so money!!!!
  • + 3
 Yeah this is an amazing line up. And now the legendary Dragon schleyer. YT is doing some amazing things. My aluminum capra out performs most carbon bikes. Before you get a hype tower LT for the price of a Ferrari try the Jeffsy or Capra.
  • + 145
 Excited to see how the up and coming young talent Rob Warner makes his mark on the team.
  • + 98
 YT Senior Care program is to be admired.
  • + 15
 It's stacked with Schley, Tippie, and Warner!
  • + 8
 Never thought I'd see the day Warner would show up as a sponsored team rider again! Maybe he'll be doing some YT track previews, publicity gold right there. I'd love to see him try a WC race run ????
  • + 9
 @clarky78: I think he was sponsored by Commencal the last year or two
  • + 24
 we NEED a video of Tippie, Schley, and Warner shredding and bullshitting
  • + 10
 @endurendo: wasn't it Giant before that? Warner will sign with anyone who gives him a bike and pays his bar tab when they sign the contract. Or, will he be taking on a "coaching" role for YT Mob? The Godfather??? Nah, they gave him some beer and free bike.
  • + 5
 @Boardlife69: you wouldnt take that deal?
  • + 9
 @Boardlife69: I'd do it for beer and a 10% discount.
  • + 1
 @endurendo: this is what I thought. Leaves Giant to move to Commence last year then moves again. Warner's got something!
  • + 5
 So... Yeah how does one get in on the Rob Warner led pub crawl? Rob and fellow crawlers just get on bikes and ride around from pub to pub with Warner leading the festivities? I want in on that party.
  • + 1
 @endurendo: Yeah he was. But it wasn't very publicised besides a few Instagram posts.

As for Giant, he was with them most of his entire career but that deal ended many years ago.
  • + 1
 They didn't get that much exposure IMO not many or any course previews and clothing was from other sponsers sometimes. @endurendo:
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: he 1st was on Giant, then Commencal and now YT
  • + 4
 @pargolf8: I'd be happy with just free beer. Anything beyond that is like morning sex.
  • + 79
 So as a business development consultant and business coach - the one thing this post clarifies, is even at there low price point, there is still HUGE margin on these bikes. Don't let anyone else fool you.....
  • + 6
 Was thinking the same thing.
  • + 3
 At the volume they’re operating at they can purchase all their OE stuff for super cheap and they can also manufacture their frames for cheaper. So even at their pretty low Retail cost they probably still have a bigger margin than most
  • + 18
 Most brands sell to an LBS which then marks the price up and sells to consumers. The direct-to-consumer price YT charges is greater than typical dealer cost, so they are actually achieving a higher revenue per unit with lower retail prices. There are of course the higher costs associated with developing a supply chain to ship every bike to a consumer's front door, but I'm guessing the math works out to YT's favor in a big way, given the increasing number of brands moving to direct-to-consumer sales models.
  • + 41
 Yeah I don't see this as sneaky or anyone trying to fool me. It's just good business. Hire the best riders , make great bikes at a good price. As long as there are no unethical practices behind the scenes, thumbs up from me. It seems like a majority of pinkbikers that post , hate just to hate.
  • - 18
flag clemson (Feb 23, 2018 at 7:56) (Below Threshold)
 sorry...false ...you don t know where the money they burn is coming from ...not from bike sales :-)
  • + 14
 Do you ? @clemson:
  • + 0
 Duh... the only difference is the direct to consumer model which is why they’re a little less money. Still likely over what a bike shop can get at cost but not by a lot and the shop has to make money too.
  • + 3
 What I don't get is the attitude towards it. Why say "duh". I didn't say it was the most ingenious thing I've ever seen. I just said it is a good model that serves a market demand. That is good business. @Zachmozach:
  • + 5
 The only thing that confuses me is why more companies arent following suit. Every day, slippin.
  • + 6
 It's great for the manufacturer and the consumer not so much for the local shop. I really do try to go to the LBS if they might have something I need but the future of the industry will be direct to consumer sales for complete bikes and parts will be online (kinda how parts are now) With YouTube tutorials most people can keep their bikes on the road/trail which sadly leaves the LBS in the dust. I've had to say it plenty of times now but when the LBS tells you 'We can order it for you' I always politely say 'No thanks, I just came in to see if you guys had one in stock'
  • + 4
 If there is a HUGE margin on these bikes, I can't even imagine what Trek or Specialize margins are...ASTRONOMICAL?
  • + 2
 @rydecaro: wasn’t even directed at you. It was and is obvious that YT has good margins.
  • - 15
flag lccomz (Feb 23, 2018 at 9:26) (Below Threshold)
 All these riders make AT LEAST $1 million dollars a year from YT. Some of them make $2 million! The owner of YT sleeps on a bed with BILLIONS of dollars stuffed in the mattress.
  • + 4
 Entirely different. Normal brand ago brand > distributor > bike shops.

£1500 cost price to normal brand > £2250 to distributor > £3500-£3750 to brand.

£1500 cost price to YT > £2,750 to consumer. Bigger margins, more control, just harder to market.

Right, I’ll go back to refreshing the TUES Pro web page hoping the large comes back.
  • + 2
 @BryceBorlick: Agreed, it's surprising how so many American bike makers are letting YT/Canyon etc. take so much high end business from them without even trying to compete.

This kind of marketing and low prices are going to inevitably kill some bike shop brands.
  • + 1
 @rydecaro: el chapo bro
  • + 2
 Don't forget all the associated costs with a bike shop having to hold inventory in every size of every model they carry in hopes that there is a customer for it. For anyone who's read about mass production vs lean manufacturing that's basically exactly what we're looking at here.
  • + 1
 Direct is good for fans and finatics as there is $$$ to save on high end bikes. But not good for kids mums and dad bike around the park bikes as aposed to park bikes . Most bikes sold in the world are shit and need sales people for sizeing and servicing. @BryceBorlick:
  • + 1
 I dont think there is a huge margin 10% net profit margin is a boom year. They pay designers and engineers 2 years before sales start. Production schedule locked in 1year before production. Have to pay for fames/ bikes 3mths to 1 year before you sell them. Min order 50 fames 100k. 1 container guess 200 frames?? 300k guess. Whats min oem groupset 500 or 1000units. At a guess $$$$ start to add up. @harrisonfetter:
  • + 1
 They may make more $! Selling shitters to mum dad and kids than to fanatics like us. The need lbs to sell those bikes. @BryceBorlick:
  • + 41
 I want to see how YT would do a cross country bike and get Nino Schurter on board.
  • + 11
 I could see it. Nino's a true mountain biker and the reigning World XC Whip Off champ. Perfect match!
  • + 10
 Schurter rocks, but lycra might compromise the YT moto/mob image.
  • + 5
 @Flowcheckers: Screw it man. I race XC and I sure as shit don't wear lycra when I do it. Pisses some of the snobs off, but f*ck em'.
  • + 4
 And a roadbike and get Peter Sagan.
  • + 26
 Hey boss, what's my marketing budget for 2018?

1 BILLION Dollars.

Thanks man, this is gonna be fun.
  • + 4
 Like some president speech "billions and billions and billions and billions and billions"
  • + 28
 yea... 18 athletes, only 1 woman, one would think with that athlete budget they could bring on some up and coming female talent.
  • + 3
 I would be curious about the proportion of males vs females that purchase bikes direct. For some reason I'm guessing guys are much more likely to buy bikes direct, so maybe the marketing is focused at them?
  • + 4
 @Flowcheckers: the downhill/trail market would certainly skew heavily towards men period. From a marketing perspective you get a lot more visibility with male talent than women.

That being said supporting a good handful of women riders is obviously the right thing to do, and for some reason when companies do the right thing it usually seems to work out for them in the long run. Funny that.
  • + 6
 @friendlyfoe: the right thing to do how exactly? Did being politically correct become more important than return on investment while I slept last night?
It seems logical that if sponsoring more women made more money for these companies than sponsoring men does, they would all be doing it a lot more.

Male or female, it doesn't matter. We are all human beings. The best human for the job should get the job. For example, I would love to see more males in bra model roles, but it turns out men aren't that good at wearing bras!
  • + 2
 It's the right thing from a humanistic view that women competing at the top of their sport are deserving of support.

The funny thing is there's lots of evidence to support the idea that companies who make decisions based only on immediate financial returns tend not to be as successful in the long run as ones who set goals such as "supporting people who are great trying to do great things".

And if you are going to reply please don't take it off topic to a general discussion on political correctness.
  • + 5
 @friendlyfoe: I find the whole gender equality, supporting female riders because they are female, risible. Riders deserve support because they bring money in by being good. It is an unrestricted quality. Not just good for a girl. There are girls who can hang with the boys in this sport. They deserve support and they are getting it. There are not many of them though, which is why we don't see many on teams like this. People want to get stoked on awesomeness. Bring the awesomeness, regardless of your age or gender, and you will get picked up. I don't understand why we always come back to this topic every time there is a team launch. So boring and oh so predictable. Give me a break! What about being happy for all the blokes on this team who are living the dream?
  • - 5
flag fattyheadshok (Feb 24, 2018 at 4:09) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: wow what a misogynist idiot you are. I know a few women riders that would take issue with your statement. And I’m sure everyone one of them could dust your ass on any track of your choosing. Love to see that race. Why don’t you put your money wear your mouth is? Let’s organize a fun race. You go up against some of the world’s top women riders. If you win you get to take home the losers helmet. If you lose... Micayla Gatto gets to dress you up in a bra and panties and send you down Whistler’s A line on a hard tail clunker. How’s about it? Should I email her and ask her? I really could set this up.
  • + 7
 @fattyheadshok: are you serious? There is nothing misogynistic about me or what I wrote.

I am not saying girls are all shit on bikes. I am not saying I am a better/faster/more deserving of sponsorship rider than any sponsored woman. I know they could beat me in a race. That's not the point. There are also hundreds if not thousands of men who could beat me in a race, who are also not sponsored.

My point is that sponsorship will come if you are awesome. And by that I mean awesome, period. Not just awesome compared to other people in your gender age and socioeconomic ethnic grouping.

We don't have gender classes for science, medicine, politics, business. Having them in sport is an admission that girls cannot compete, which is not true. Some of them can and do compete. I am stoked on that. Not because they're women, but because they are awesome, period.

Do you get it now? My point, I mean?

Crying about not enough girls on pro teams stinks of white knight syndrome. Don't belittle the achievements of those who have made it through blood, sweat and tears by suggesting pro contracts should be handed out on the basis of gender alone. Gender should not come into it. Gender classes are sexist, and there is no place for them in today's progressive society.
  • + 0
 Down to excitement and advertising $$ and target market for advertisers. . womens vs mens pay etc. alot of sports may be more exciting for mens because of sex hormones making it harder faster stronger . Mens and womens downhill only have 5 regular contenders. Each. No diffence in excitement for me. Womens tennis better to watch than mens as less aces and longer rallies. They have equal pay. Minimal outside sponsers in mtb. Some in road cycling that are personal sposers or billionare playrhings. unfortunately females need to be attractive to be brand ambassadors. Meathead bairly literate sportsmen are well remunerated. Women spend 80% of household expenditure . I think women are more authentic than many sportmen in my country . @friendlyfoe:
  • - 2
 @jaame: Anyway I think you’re still missing the point. You may not consciously be misogynistic but your reply shows how insidious it is within our culture. Understanding that UK culture is different than ours in the US. I can tell you that women here are absolutely treated differently in the workplace, politics, and athletics. Of course they have to compete in gender specific categories. There are biomechanical differences. Ever seen a dude compete on uneven bars in gymnastics? The Olympic women’s hockey teams pretty damn scrappy bunch of athletes. Point is that there are many bad ass female riders out there that will get passed over for sponsorship simply because they’re female. The better the female representation within any given sport is the more younger girls will want to get involved because they get to see that they can be involved. For example: my daughter loves to watch the slopestyle crankworx events. But she’s disappointed that there are no female slopestyle riders represented. Why not? She’s 8yo and has decided that she’ll be the first. There’s a lot stacked against her with that ambition. Not the least of which is living just outside of Philly. Not exactly living next to Whistler bike park here. But just assuming that she does somehow manage to acquire the skills she still has a sexist barrier to break. All I’m saying. BTW there is a guy named Jim who attends the MBO festival in Oregon who apparently does like to model bras.... just saying.
  • - 2
 @fattyheadshok: Great response.

@jaame: Going out of your way to essentially demote women's progress in sports is petty lame. Justifying it with the financial bottom line shows a lack of humanity. If you really believe that then why don't you encourage them to dump their only female rider?
  • + 3
 @Flowcheckers: His point is logical, you can't argue that. I think the best point is that there are other reasons to sponsor women besides them being the absolute best or most visible, and that a large portion of the fans would like to see more than 10% of a roster be comprised of women.

If YT wants to be a bro culture company that's certainly their choice.
  • + 3
 @friendlyfoe: O don't think we NEED more women in sport. Just, why? If women want to get into it, they will. My daughter loves kick boxing. She hates cycling. My wife loves getting her hair done and going shopping. Who am I to tell people what to do with their time? I would LOVE IT if my wife got into sport. I love fighting my daughter. But I don't think it's appropriate to vilify a company because they only have one girl on a mountain bike team. There are not many girls doing it. There are not many girls buying bikes. Proportionally speaking, I bet it is easier to get a pro deal as a female than as a male, given that probably less than 1% of the global mountain bike community is female. By that token, one out of 17 is over representation.
As for tennis. Oh no. Biomechanical differences occur between everyone. Gender classes are still sexist. What they are doing is saying women are weaker than men, but there are a lot of women who are stronger than men, including me. I struggle to understand why we only need two groups. Why is it just male and female? Because it's not fair to make women compete against men. They wouldn't have a chance. I also would not have a chance. So what do I do? Try to lobby for another category for asthmatic short sighted men between the ages of 34 and 35? No, I just accept that I will never be a pro sportsman, even though it was my dream just like anyone else of any gender who didn't make the grade, and get on with my life.
Tennis should have dropped the gender classes and pooled the male and female competitions, with associated prize money, into one pot. All genders should compete in an open, winner takes all.
These days it's gender equality in name only. The only way to make sport fair for everyone is to have only one class.
I'm not sure how happy I would be if I finished 84th in a world cup downhill race and had to pay for my own fuel to drive home after washing my own bike, and someone who was slower than me was getting PAID because she happened to not have a penis. It's sexist!
  • + 5
 This is a meritocracy.
Give the job to the best person for the job, not to someone "because we need MOAR GIRLZ"
  • - 7
flag friendlyfoe (Feb 24, 2018 at 20:12) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: Well you certainly happen to be in the minority with your opinion. Have you considered the possibility that you might be a dick?
  • + 6
 @friendlyfoe: I am trying to present a reasonable argument.

There is no ground to be gained by name dropping or name calling.

I am resolutely opposed to any form of discrimination, be that positive or negative.

The only way to make life fair is to treat everyone as equals.

We do not achieve that goal by any means other than a pure meritocracy.
  • + 0
 @jaame: Who decided fairness was the only goal? Supporting girls who want to come play with the boys can also be a goal. I actually think that's a great goal.
  • + 7
 @friendlyfoe: Yes, absolutely. I agree with supporting anyone who wants to come and play with anyone.

I am not bagging girls out. I think girls are awesome. They don't need me to tell them they are awesome.

Rather, I am bagging out people who have this incessant need to push the agenda of girls in professional sports, whether said girls deserve to be there or not.

That is all.

When I read this article, my first thought was that's great. Look at all those people who have got the job they want, living the dream riding bikes for a living. That is something I could never achieve, regardless of how hard I worked at it.

Unfortunately it seems some people can't be happy for them, because their feelings are primarily about how unfair it is that only one of them is a girl. It's tantamount to saying those sixteen other riders don't fully deserve their spots on the team. They are only there because they are male and YT is a bro life organisation, or something.

I guess what I'm saying is, why do people have to be so quick to complain about everything? Can't you just be happy for the ones of us who did make it? We're all humans, at the end of the day. Don't discriminate.
  • - 1
 @jaame: The entire world of sport has decided that mens and womens sport are different. People are suggesting that they should support both sides of the sport.

You don't have to agree with that, but it is a very different way of looking at the issue than your position. /imdone
  • + 24
 I'm amazed Richie Schley can get a ride and be relevant.... When will he be able to enjoy his Porsche and house in Laguna Beach?
  • + 6
 I was hoping he would move to Ellsworth with Lopes. Seems like a match made in heaven.
  • + 2
 Thought it was an AMG G-Wagon now?
  • + 1
 @Flowcheckers: Lopes is no longer with Ellsworth...
  • + 2
 @herzalot: what happened there?
  • + 1
 @pooler: Dunno. One explanation I've heard from close sources was a dissatisfaction with the bikes. But then, when it comes to both Ellsworth and Lopes, there are many, many stories and rumors. Don't be surprised to see him back on Ibis, or maybe Alchemy.
  • + 17
 Just one woman?
  • + 29
 It’s as if the sport is dominated by white men.
  • + 3
 @speed10: are you saying biology? surely no.
  • + 2
 at least it's one badass woman, but yeah. 1/17....
  • + 14
 Most important: Schley finally stops riding sh#t Rotwild bikes. All the years on those ugly basterds and they have not evolved the slightest bit.
  • + 8
 Schley was mostly concerned about getting paid big bucks lol
  • + 16
 YT needs a copy editor.
  • + 5
 Its like they did google translate and then deliberately misspelled words to convince us they wrote it themselves.
  • + 2
 Because German.
  • + 0
 @endlessblockades: because catalan
  • + 6
 American ship: „ mayday mayday we are sinking!“
German coast guard „what are you sinking about?“
  • + 11
 Warner AND Tippie? I think this pair has a bright future ahead of them....I guess Warner didn't like Commencal all that much afterall.
  • + 11
 Tippie! the epitome of good times on bikes!
  • + 8
 I'm a fan of YT, but you really could do better than just 1 woman on a team of 18.
  • - 6
flag mbl77 (Feb 23, 2018 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 Piss poor.
  • + 16
 Not this shit again
  • + 0
 @poozank: thank you poozank. My thoughts entirely. Here we go again...
  • + 3
 Well I'd say that's roughly the ratio of women to men in the sport and even at that no one looks at the women to pick their bikes. These are businesses not social justice campaigns.
  • + 4
 Its brilliant marketing really. All year long we will be hearing Warner cheer on his teammate who is poised for a threepeat. Plus Tippie commenting on all things Crankworx or Pinkbike ect makes a ton of sense to me. Overall its a great selection of veteran riders who have a large presence in the sport. Given their moves in pricing and the culture they are cultivating, its pretty clear this company is run by intelligent people with a unique and forward looking vision. They are about as disruptive as a brand can be in this industry and their evolution has been a joy to watch. More companies should look to imitate this model bc more YT like brands would be a good thing for the industry and all riders in general. Plus that new capra is fire....
  • + 7
 Adolf is just getting started to leave a mark on the international scene...we all know where this ends
  • + 4
 Dear YT - so stoked you have mastered the art of advertising and hiring great riders. Now why don’t you pull your heads out of your collective arses and hire a competent business person who can unf*ck the most unorganized and disfunctional supply chain in the history of the universe. Two days after your recent product launch bikes were listed on your site as “out of stock”. 2 days you efffing morons! News flash - I don’t really give a crap how rad your bikes are when it is metaphysically impossible to ever own one.
  • + 6
 The same thing happened to me with other brands as well.
  • + 3
 Is a bike company really a bike company if they never actually have any bikes in stock?
  • + 6
 I received my 2017 a week after ordering it, so I'd have to disagree with it being metaphysically impossible to own one.
  • + 6
 That's a good point but sometimes playing "hard to get" is a good thing.
  • + 3
 This is so true. It's like they've got the surf industry company thing going on, hire a bunch of bros that aren't qualified for a job and let them run the biz.
  • + 1
 Tough to get any in Canada as well. Massive shipping delays all the time.
  • + 2
 I bought mine last year with the anticipated wait, so if you go into it knowing there will be a wait you just get more and more excited until it arrives, and i tell you that my Jeffsy 29er is the best bike i have ever owned by a long shot. So the wait is worth the reward.
  • + 1
 @insanebiker6: yeah me too. I ordered mine at the end of November and I got it before March. It was winter that whole time and I couldn't ride it anyways so it didn't bother me. But buyer beware, purchase early and anticipate delays. Worth it though! My Jeffsy is amazing.
  • + 1
 preach! I'll be lucky enough to buy the 2018 29er Capra by summer 2019 :'(
  • + 1
 I'm gunna have to agree with you on that. Cough cough trek @cmkneeland:
  • - 3
 Direct to consumer brah! I will gladly pay more at my lbs thanks.
  • + 4
 So should they wait 5 months for release to build up enough stock to supply the people that want to buy it first? When bikes are first released there is tremendous demand, then is drops significantly to a more steady state order rate. Unless a brand releases a dog they would have to invest a lot of dollars/yen/euro to have massive production that would only get used for a few months or delay the launch until they have enough stock on hand to supply that initial demand. Neither way is financially advisable.

At least now companies are releasing bikes and have stock available immediately. I used to be that they would pre announce and it would take months for the first people to get their hands on them.
  • + 2
 I don't think you under stood what I said. I had to wait 6 months to try and buy a trek remedy. Even while working for one of the largest trek shops in the country @Sugarbrad:
  • + 0
 I ordered my patrol and i was staring at it in 5 business days
  • + 3
 @pargolf8: Which if the frame is being made overseas definitely means they built a whole built of patrols that at the moment are sitting in inventory because they don't have customers for them.
  • + 0
 @friendlyfoe: nah son its timing. They’re gone now.
  • + 0
 @freeridejerk888: Don't order your frame while it's in embargo.
  • + 8
 Rob Warner on the same team as Aaron Gwin.
  • + 5
 "Young Talent"... Maybe they mean young on inside, for half those guys...

Speaking of guys, glad they managed to slip one woman in there... sheesh.
  • + 2
 I believe that the “family” comments aren’t to be taken literally as a reason to buy a YT. I do believe that the mention of family is to emphasize that the riders riding for YT get on and relate to each other in some way or another. Having been on a team that felt like family I know the value that the family vibe has on a team. Unbeknownst to me is the level of interaction that all the riders of YT have amongst one another. I think it is a great thing when random people from random parts of the globe can come together and ride bikes under the banner of one name, and do it happily. I don’t see Aaron Gwin as a power hungry-attention seeking person who wants to detract attention from anyone else on the squad. Let’s see what 2018 brings.

On a final note: Go Aaron f*****g Gwin.
  • + 5
 Yt industries, have strong team and many interesting guys good luck YT-bikes 201Cool ))
  • + 5
 Too bad anything you want from YT is sold out.
  • + 4
 Hoping that Neko stays healthy this year and puts in some solid race runs. Making Oskar Blues proud.
  • + 6
 Hoping he remembers to wear back protection this year.
  • + 2
 @Piersurf: that isnt of the cardboard variety
  • + 4
 No wonder they run out of bikes so quickly! They have to give them all up to their mob.
  • + 4
 We don't think of hiring riders, which is why some of our 'family' pull seven figures.
  • + 1
 For real? Gwin?
  • + 3
 Serious line up here! Stoked to see one young woman, especially the badass Vail, out of 17 men getting picked up.
  • + 1
 Probably not the slowest rider on that team......... holy cow!
  • + 3
 "Whoah, This is heavy"

Marty Mcfly's immortal words from the GFOAT never wrang truer
  • + 3
 Why would you name your kid Adolf? That's like naming your kid Satan, or Donald!
  • + 2
 Possibly if you were from some other culture where that name has no association with anything nasty?

Reminds me, I actually met (here in Mexico) a person by the name of Usnavy (U.S. Navy).. seems they saw it on a cap or t-shirt and liked the sound of it...
  • + 1
 I thought that was funny too. Interesting how in Spanish they have a lot of people called Jesus, but I have never met any Anglo Saxon called it
  • + 3
 Such a metal roster!!! YT Industries is literally destroying...
  • + 3
 Semenuk and Sam Hill are missing, probably next year
  • + 2
 Funny i was just thinking i would bet semenuk will ride trek till he’s out the game. You dont let golden boy walk
  • + 0
 @pargolf8: I would rather have Rogatkin, Pilgs, Soderstrom and Nyqvist. You could probably get all of them for someone's salary.
  • + 1
 @jaame: i agree. Big fan of all those name drops lol
  • + 2
 Alternate post title "YT announces list of riders who will see a new YT bike before July 2018"
  • + 1
 Dumb question, in the race rumors it said that Richie Rude would be on YT. But I don’t see him here, is he still with Yeti? And will he go to YT?
  • + 10
 He's 100% Yeti
  • + 0
 @JunkBike: Just like Graves was 100% Yeti...


...until someone with fatter pockets wanted to sign him
  • + 1
 they shoukd take some money and open a proper shop in canada . better yet let tippie run it !!!!!! seriously YT canada sucks
  • + 1
 Their entire mode is not to have brick and mortar shops
  • + 2
 @poozank:

i get that.

but id they chose to have a shop

(which they do )

you woukd think ot woukd be
1 open
2 not look like a failed buisness

commencial is a block away with a very nice shop with all there models on display ans a friendly staff to assist you
makes YT shop look even worse .

i woukd never spend money on a bike i couldn't see of feel in person .would you buy a car you didnt test drive ?

having a sweet team and great advertising is not enough for me to drink the cool aid . and run out and buy a bike online

personally i like my local shops

im not against dealer direct sales at all
but i live in arguably the best place on earth to ride .

if i was a manufacturer with a shop here i woukd make it pimp AF .

to better boost my sales

do you buy a bike based on what the internet says or the guys who ride them and pay for them outta there own pocket .

let people see and feel them and i bet they sell more bikes .
  • + 2
 Great line up YT! Pulling the trigger on my Jeffsy 27 next week. Cant wait!!
  • + 1
 What about an enduro team for EWS?? I was expecting that with the new Capra that would be obvious... new will just have to wait another year I guess!
  • + 3
 schley seriously ..... gross
  • + 3
 Would love to see a YT mob on the ews circuit....
  • + 2
 I don't get why they didn't give Damon Iwanaga a deal. Dude knows how to shred!
  • + 2
 Should funnel some money into production/distribution
  • + 1
 I thought they were going to keep going on with everyone who bought a YT in 2018...
  • + 1
 Most spectacular mtb team ever. But they could benefit from a top ews racer and a couple more up and coming girls.
  • + 1
 One thing I always wait after every race, is their entertaining team videos
  • + 2
 Ethan Nell big things for 2018
  • + 1
 The money must be rolling in for YT...that's quite the payroll for sponsored riders!
  • + 1
 All I’m seeing is that our rider budget has become incredibly bloated and that is why we increased prices.
  • + 2
 Only 3 of those guys are likely making big money, they are getting alot of bang for the buck considering who they sponsor.
  • + 2
 Stoked for rob joining yt
#420foryt
  • + 1
 That family on Jerry Springer would be jokes ???? stoked to see Warner in there!
  • + 2
 Holy crap! YT is getting huge...what a squad they got there...
  • + 11
 Its a mob
  • + 1
 Never heard off quality over quantity, on joking decent crew there Rob has to be da BOSS
  • + 2
 Geez they got the big names this season!
  • + 1
 Hey, @ytbikes... Want another rider? I can do wicked cool skids and wheelies....
  • + 1
 Eh, it's smart to go with 1 great athlete from each discipline or else you could go broke before well .... (Y)our (T)ime.
  • + 1
 Holy Shit! Well, I guess all the competition is screwed.
  • + 1
 Pinkbikestop deleting my messages! I only speak the truth!
  • + 1
 German company with a rider called "Adolf". Seriously?!
  • + 1
 Is this why Soho bikes closed down?
  • + 0
 Anyone notice the single brake lever on Adolf Silva’s bike? Whats up with that?
  • + 3
 He's a dirt jumper.
  • + 1
 The mtb stars.have arrived to shine!
  • + 1
 They forgot me on the team xD
  • + 1
 There are a lot of earths, but only one earthshaker
  • + 1
 Damn mate's. YT wanna take seriously the market.
  • + 1
 Ok. So that's where all the inventory went. Got it now Smile
  • + 1
 Why is Gwin near the bottom of the list?
  • + 15
 He's not insecure.
  • + 3
 Best for last. Although you gotta love Tippie
  • + 1
 wew BUBBA
  • + 0
 Jordie Lunn and Chris Fronzak are secretly the same person
  • + 0
 How do you sum up this team in American english? "Daaaayum"!
  • - 1
 Shame only 5% of the world seems to be female. Oh wait...
  • - 1
 Serious shopping!
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