Propain Positive Announce 2023 Team

Feb 27, 2023 at 6:24
by PROPAIN-Positive  
Team Press Release: Propain Positive

Riders Giorgos Panagopoulos, Phil Atwill, Socratis Zotos, Marco Lamaris causing travel chaos in Athens, Greece

We are pleased to announce our team's return for 2023, with some exciting new changes to the team setup!

Phil Atwill stretching it out ‘for the gram’

Team owner and lead athlete, DH legend Phil Atwill will continue to bring his unorthodox and entertaining approach to the table across every genre of riding, including World Cup DH, freeride, bmx and moto enduro.

Socratis Zotos - stoked ‘till the end

Joining him for the second year running is first-year elite ball of energy Socratis Zotos looking to consolidate his place in world class racing for both DH and enduro.

Marco Lamaris - watch this space

Newly signed for 2023 is junior ripper Marco Lamaris – cool, collected and bringing all his momentum from an impressive 2022 season podium finish at the iXS DH cup in Europe.

Giorgos "George" Panagopoulos chucks a barspin just because

Finally our team is rounded off once again with the street and freestyle shredder Giorgos Panagopoulos who will again be pitching his talents against the world’s best at Crankworx, as well as putting his unique style under the spotlight in several video projects.

Marco, Giorgos, Phil and Soc with a team spec PROPAIN Rage DH bike

Our crew have been working hard during the off season to bring on a raft of new partnership brands, alongside some firm favourites from last year:

@propain_bicycles – Title sponsor and German premium quality bike manufacturer jumps aboard for another season with the gang.

It’s impossible for Giorgos not to barspin his bike…unstoppable

@weldtite – New collab for 2023, the northern English leading bike maintenance brand will be keeping the team ‘well lubed up’ with some exciting projects in the pipeline.

Team mechanic Jose Mendez buffs up the rear end of a PROPAIN Rage

@50to01 – No intro required, the rider-owned English kit supplier is on board with their steezy designs and technical apparel range.
We won’t lose Marco easily this season

@siltmtb – Silt are a Belfast-based high performance wheels manufacturer who like to put their products to the test. The team is happy to oblige! The wheels include an exclusive ratchet drive design that offers almost instant power transfer to the rear wheel.

Phil giving his SILT rim a cheeky clean

@veetireco – The Bangkok rubber specialists join for another year with new and improved tread compounds and a dangerous affinity for Sang Som rum.

@trpcomponents – Tektro Racing Products continue to work with Phil and the team with their cutting edge brake and drivetrain products under constant development and backed up by decades of manufacturing expertise from parent company Tektro.

@odigrips – US grip specialists ODI continue to support the team with their fiercely grippy yet comfortable hand holds.

@sixpackracing – German components manufacturer Sixpack Racing keeps the bikes looking clean and fast again with their smartly designed cockpits, saddles, pedals and chain devices.

The Sixpack cockpit, TRP brakes and ODI grips make for a mean looking front end

@official_technomousse – The Italian moto and mtb tyre insert innovators return for 2023 to keep the wheels rolling and tyres inflated in the face of adversity.

@crankbrothers – The California-based legends continue their team partnership with shoes, tools and luggage.

The Crank Brothers Mallet is a race proven shoe

@extraproducts.tasoulis – Athenian Moto racing veterans and suspension wizards Extra Products have beefed up their relationship for 2023 to fully kit out the team bikes with premium Ohlins suspension.

@ohlinsracingmtb products - some of the best suspension damping money can buy.

Our team calendar includes the Valparaiso urban downhill in Chile, a couple of international Crankworx festival appearances, World Cup downhill and enduro events, as well as the iXS DH-Cup, Enduro Greek Series (EGS) and more.

Keep tabs on the upcoming antics of the Positive Crew via our social channels:


Product testing!

You can check out Jose getting down to business in Weldtite's team bike build video below!

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  • 103 4
 This team is what I love about DH racing (and really biking in general). I do respect Bruni, Minaar, Pierron and Specialized/Santa Cruz/Commencal for their amazing efforts at pushing the limits of DH race performance, but for me, I love to root for a team that's out their having a blast across every type of bike riding.
  • 7 0
 100% this.
  • 6 41
flag KeithShred (Feb 28, 2023 at 16:51) (Below Threshold)
 How inclusive of you
  • 2 0
 X2 here
  • 9 0
 Monarch plus here
  • 11 0
 Thank you Marcus! Really appreciate the support
  • 3 0
 @PROPAIN-Positive: do you guys have merch or anything? I'd buy a t-shirt or something for sure.
  • 2 0
 @SangamonTaylor: Hey man, thanks for the interest. At the moment we aren't selling any team merch, but that's definitely a long term goal. Watch this space!
  • 2 0
 @PROPAIN-Positive: yeah definitely need some propain accessories
  • 89 7
 I'm pleased to announce that 2 days ago I joined team Covid Positive.
  • 22 1
 Yeah, cheers man, I'm stoked that you took my space. Move it to the next level !
The team deserves your passion and commitment to the sport Smile
P.S. get well, soon !
  • 8 0
 Welcome to the team. I can predict you, it's a hot seat.
  • 28 1
 I'm a big fan of these team photos. Very fun.
  • 18 0
 I have a sudden craving for an orange mocha frappuccino
  • 4 0
 Is your bike made of Blue Steel?
  • 21 0
 Just because these racers have impressive moves and chiseled abs, it doesn't mean that they, too, can't not die in a freak bike cleaner fight accident.
  • 2 5
 @VtVolk: what is a bike cleaner fight accident? Is that good?
  • 3 0
 @KeithShred: its a Zoolander reference
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: So hot right now
  • 1 0
Tell me, how many abadiginals do you see riding World Cups?
  • 18 0
 Phil and the best Greek young riders .ΟΜΑΔΑΡΑ !!!!!
  • 15 0
 Please tell me the guy with that 20-year-old Specialized in the Atwill's last year video is part of the team!!!!
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  • 4 6
 You own stores?
  • 4 0
 This team looks more dynamic than the Lapierre-Mavic Unity team with the serious photos.
  • 2 2
 I think the vibe resembles the Syndicate
  • 4 0
 Stoked for Marcos and the rest of the team, the young gun is super talented!
  • 4 0
 Μπράβο σας παιδιά - καλή επιτυχία στους αγωνες !
  • 2 0
  • 3 0
 These are some fun photos. I really like the black and white jerseys with the yellow lettering too. Those are dope
  • 3 0
 I find it very positive seeing a gentleman with a good lunge! Cracking team! Looking forward to seeing them at the races
  • 3 0
 Rock Creek Bike Park in North Carolina has a rental fleet of Propain bikes if anyone wants to come demo for a day.
  • 3 0
 No more shoeless bandit?! Dammit! Razz
  • 3 0
 Haha - I think Soc managed to borrow a pair for the heel clicker shot!
  • 2 0
 I didn't realize there was a new strain...again. Will the new Vitus Vaxxers follow in suit???
  • 1 0
 Curious to why the Vee “Assagai” patterned tire is in the rear with “DHR/DHF” pattern looking tire up front.
  • 2 0
 Love the name propain positive! Came from a lab right?
  • 2 0
 Get that mechanic some strong coffee!
  • 2 2
 I'm glad to see they are well funded and can buy 3 vowels! They got two for the price of one with the "i".
  • 2 1
 Forever Freestyle Phil Atwill
  • 2 1
 No wait a sec..are Tektro and TRP the same company?
  • 4 0
 TRP = Tektro Racing Product
  • 1 2
 So propain gets rid of their race team. Then gives bikes to a bunch of insta framers. And then starts another team? Hopefully we seee Phil at some world cups!
  • 4 0
 Actually we raced Propain bikes last year too! But yes we are separate from the Propain Factory team that will not race this year. And you can count on seeing us at the World Cups!
  • 1 0
 Good luck in the upcoming races!!!!!!
  • 3 3
 Definitely a better name than Propain Sausage Party
  • 3 3
 Get over it
  • 1 2
 or Propain 9/11 team. it reminds me of that tragedy
  • 1 0
 propain heater
  • 1 0
 No gain, Propain.

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