Zakarias Johansen Parts Ways With Cube, Hints at New Team

Jan 5, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Zakarias Johansen and the Sweedish team quietly went about their business of beating just about everyone today to take home silver

Here's a bit of team news we missed from the frantic end of year period, Zakarias Johansen has announced he is parting ways with the Cube team after 3 years.

Johansen is one of the most consistent riders in the EWS and it's rare that he won't finish in the top 20 of a race no matter the conditions or location. He's currently ranked in the top ten of the EWS and has already confirmed he has a team lined up for next year.

To tease us, he's sent through the below photo with his bike and kit blurred out. It's pretty hard to tell much but the grey top/red sleeve of his kit looks pretty similar to the Ibis team of his fellow Swede Robin Wallner to us. Of course, we're only speculating at this point and the team could have completely changed its kits for the 2021 season, meaning Zakarias is headed somewhere else entirely. Zakarias has told us to expect more official news soon and we’ll update you when we have it.


His announcement post is below:


bigquotesEnd of the year and the end of an awesome 3-year-long partnership with the Cube Action Team and Cube Bikes.

Signing with a big brand like Cube 3 years ago was a dream come true and I’m forever thankful that @wxm_sports believed in my potential, on and off the bike.

During this period I made a big jump in my racing career and can now say I’m ranked top 10 in the world, how insane is that! I got the opportunity to help out with the release of the new Cub stereo 170 which was a really cool experience. I have travelled the world together with my bike and got to make memories together with a bunch of amazing people (you all know who you are)

So with this, I just want to say thanks to all the awesome people that made the last 3 years amazing and memorable!

There will be more news coming about my future and what team/brands I will be working with at the beginning of January. I now know what is important to me and what makes me be at my very best, what bike/components I need to feel comfortable and how important it is to have good people/friends around to make the experience the best it can be!

And next year has all that!

Let’s get racing started and see you out on the trails.
Zakarias Johansen

bigquotesCUBE Actionteam bids farewell to 2 team members end of 2020

Sofia Wiedenroth and Zakarias Johansen leave the CUBE Actionteam at the end of a very turbulent racing season.

The two enduro pilots were part of the CUBE Actionteam in the past years, racing mainly on the Enduro World Series. Several national and international podium results as well as 2 titles as Swedish Enduro Champion for Zakarias Johansen, were part of their achievements.

′′With Sofia and Zakarias, two great athletes are leaving us. They have developed together with the team in recent years and became a part of the whole team success. I wish them both all the best for the future and look forward to seeing them again on one or the other race!" – Claus Wachsmann, team manager.

For the 2021 season, Gusti Wildhaber is still an integral part of the team, along with 2 new riders to be released later on.
Cube Actionteam



36 Comments

  • 67 0
 Looks like he's moving to Lego for 2021, surely?
  • 5 0
 Beyond Abi's help if so. Good luck to him.
  • 3 0
 Not sure what gave it away... Marketing team needs to come up with better strategies for disguise !
  • 38 0
 Next year he's going to let an Ibis do the job.
  • 6 1
 “I’ll let my ibis do the job” *faceplants quite literally*
  • 18 0
 I don't know, the teaser pic sure looks like a bunch of Cubes still.
  • 12 0
 I really enjoyed watching cube and Zach progress together over the past three years. Would never have considered cube but now they are one of my favorite brands. Zach is proof of how a great racer can really change how people see a company.
  • 10 0
 Everyone says that all the racers will change to forbidden. Remember that forbidden is still a very small brand
  • 7 0
 Yep. I would suggest their money is being pumped into increasing production capabilities rather than sponsorship atm.
  • 4 0
 I know forbidden wants a racing team but maybe no rush as they always sell out super fast and no one knows if we will have a racing season in 2021 so why bother, maybe they will wait for the right rider in 2022?
  • 7 1
 Forbidden?
  • 1 1
 yeah definetaly
  • 2 0
 That would be cool if it is
  • 6 0
 @diogocamejo
I don't know if it's allowable!
(+1 from me)
  • 2 0
 @HLEKTRON: and an orange Fox
  • 2 0
 @HLEKTRON: my bad I wanted to answer few lines below from Noeserd...
  • 5 0
 Definitely Falun. As for the bike I'm thinking Nishiki
  • 2 0
 Or maybe to Crescent?
  • 3 0
 @Isey: Biltema Factory Racing is the dream
  • 4 0
 with just a few clicks of a mouse I can enhance this picture to... Old Western
  • 4 0
 What a hint, a yellow maxxis logo!
  • 7 0
 And 2 cables!
  • 3 0
 Orange Fox as well
  • 3 0
 Looks like he’s wearing a POC Coron, probably headed to Ibis I’d guess?
  • 5 0
 for sure, fox forks orange sleeve with grey jersey, shimano grey shoes and maxxis tyres. IBIS all the way
  • 2 0
 How is everyone leaving cube. They must be swimming in those e-bike dollars
  • 3 0
 Looks like he’ll be riding a Session...
  • 2 0
 Is that an orange Fox fork? Or a red Lyrik?
  • 2 0
 hard to tell from 8 pixels
  • 2 0
 Clearly a new addition to Rocky Mountain RaceFace
  • 2 0
 Danny must cost an arm and a leg - cube's team is dropping like flies!
  • 2 0
 Sounding like all the eggs maybe in one basket!
  • 1 0
 Wait, Minecraft makes bikes now?! My son’s going to flip out.
  • 1 1
 ibis for sure
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