Gulevich, Chase, Wittman Added to Hayes Components' Roster

Feb 7, 2014 at 21:58
by Hayes Components  
Hayes Components has added Aaron Chase, Geoff Gulevich, and Andi Wittman to an already strong stable of riders for 2014. “Over the past several seasons, as our new product has been put through the paces with positive reviews and feedback, more riders have taken notice,” said Scott Struve, Global Director of Marketing at Hayes Components. “Our selection of riders is obviously based on their performance and personality. However, we value their professional input and ability to articulate feedback first and foremost.”

Mastermind photo c by me

Aaron Chase

Aaron Chase is making a homecoming having been a Manitou rider for a number of years early on. Aaron will be riding the full suite of Hayes components including Manitou, SUNringlé, Hayes Disc Brakes and Answer Products. “I’ve paid a lot of attention to what they’ve been doing and obviously know a lot of guys who are riding the current stuff from Hayes. As my riding style has evolved, I’m super excited to get on product like the Circus, Dorado, and the new Mattoc! It also goes without saying that SUNringlé, Hayes and Answer will take any abuse that I can dish out,” said Aaron.

Andi Wittman

Gravity specialist, pro shaper/trailbuilder and host of Nine Nights, Andi Wittmann will also join the Hayes team, riding Manitou and Answer. “I’m stoked to be riding Manitou suspension and Answer Products by Hayes Components. I’ve heard only great things about the performance and quality, and having tested it myself, I’m convinced,” said Andi.

Geoff Gulevich

Geoff Gulevich

Lastly, but certainly not least, Geoff Gulevich joins the Hayes family. “I’ve already received my first shipment of parts and have hung them on my Rocky Mountain bikes. To say I’m impressed would be an understatement. It’s going to be a great season.” Geoff will be running Manitou, SUNringlé and Answer pedals.

Aaron, Andi, and Geoff join an already strong squad of gravity riders including Thomas Genon, Adam Hauck, Eric Porter, Hannes Klausner, and the legendary Mike Kinrade.

bigquotesThis crew represents the most prolific and creative talent in the sport. More importantly, they are some of the hardest working riders on the planet. They are all great ambassadors and will push our development team to make the best product for their craft. - Scott Struve, Global Director of Marketing


  • + 97
 Wow! The guys will be unstoppable!
  • + 4
 my thoughts exactly
  • + 21
 unstoppable ;-) !!
  • + 12
 Perfect sales pitch for a brakes company
  • + 4
 Never used the Hayes bakes but Manitou Dorado and Answer components both very good. Plus, had really good Customer Service from Hayes over my Dorado when it came to my free services for the fork. Good luck to this new roster, some great riders looking forward seeing them this season.
  • + 2
 I laughed more than I should have at that Smile
  • + 16
 Funny how only one of them is running the brakes...
  • + 4
 Speaks volumes, doesn't it.
  • + 2
 In fairness they have just been signed.
  • + 6
 In all hounesty, i've had Hayes Gram's om my dh bike before getting some Hope M4's, and i must say i actualy liked the feel of the brake, just nog enough adjustability for my linking (and a bit noisy) but they worked well so i dont see what all the fuss is about. (maybe i havent used them long enough, but still..)
  • + 8
 Friends don't let friends ride Hayes.
  • + 14
 More interested in Gully running Dorados.
  • + 5
 Why all the hate on Hayes?? I've ridden a Hayes 9 for two years, and the brakes were perfect! Never had an issue! Now my Avid Elixir does suck...
  • + 8
 Hayes Nine was a good brake... 10 years ago. Hayes has failed to keep up to today's product technology and advancement, as there are much better offerings out there from companies such as Shimano, Sram, Hope, etc.
  • + 2
 them brakes are all bad if you dont bleed them right..
  • + 5
 I agree, I rode on Hayes Nine for years and loved them. Then a new bike came with Avid Elixers and... well... never again!

Now, I have Shimano SLX and I think they are better than than the Hayes and the Avid's combined Wink
  • + 1
 Gosh, just got a set of prime's for a great price (around 230 USD for the pair, no rotors), hope they are still as reliable as my 9's were...
  • + 7
 poor guys...
  • + 1
 dorados are sweet same with answer parts. the only thing that sucks is there brakes. but i honestly prefer the 'off' and 'on' feel of hayes brakes too the 'constantly off' feel of avids
  • + 3
 Nice to see some new talent on Hayes.
  • + 2
 Just squeezing spit through a hose... Bound get it right eventually. :-)
  • + 1
 Things change,.. We shall see. I always have an open mind...
  • + 2
 shimano!!!!!!!!!!! haha
  • + 1
 Hayes? Hayes! Hayes?!
  • - 1
 hahahaha that sucks for them
  • + 1
 yea riding quality components is the worst...
  • + 1
 Haha I would not consider Hayes quality components
  • + 1
 ignorance is bliss... I guess
  • + 0
  • - 1
 when it comes to rampage their gonna have a baad time.

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