Spank Industries Expands World Cup Team

Apr 1, 2016 at 2:59
by Spank Industries  
Testing and development with the Riding Addiction crew has helped SPANK bring its revolutionary Bead Bite technology to the DH FR scene.

While Spank Industries has had a considerable presence in the UCI World Cup for over a decade, 2016 marks some exciting additions to their DH race program and product development team. Going into Lourdes, France, Spank proudly announced a new partnership with Commencal/Vallnord Riding Addiction, featuring World Cup stars Remi Thirion, George Brannigan, and Myriam Nicole. Riding Addiction worked with Spank this off-season on their new DH wheelset, the Spike Race33, along with tire sponsors Hutchinson, to bring what Spank claims to be the highest level of tubeless security available, second generation Bead Bite(TM). Bead Bite rims have rows of interlocking ridges on the vertical and horizontal walls of the bead seats, which increase frictional forces on the tire bead, and create multiple air seals between the tire and rim.

A slick ride... The 2016 Commencal Supreme DH V4 decked out in Team Edition SPANK Spike Race33 Bead Bite wheels.

Over the years we've seen some really interesting technologies come out of the Spank Industries stable, most recently the VIBROCORE impulse and fatigue damping system found in their top level handlebars, which was developed hand in hand with Fabien Cousinie, and Mick and Tracey Hannah, of the Polygon UR Team.

Spank President Gavin Michael Vos had this to say; "The relationships we have with our sponsored riders allow us to develop innovative product effectively and responsibly. We sponsor World Cup teams, FMB athletes, Enduro racers and ambassadors, as well as nurture a number of Grassroots riders and teams around the world. This affords us the opportunity to engage and to get direct feedback on where the market is going, and what demands are placed on the products. We work as closely as possible with our riders to isolate what problems they have with components, and what desires they have for new products, and we get them directly involved with the development and testing process. We see this as an essential element in both our brand's ability to stay ahead, and to give something back by ensuring that we're growing the sport."

Continuing with the Spank Industries' program in 2016 is the UR Team roster, including Australian DH legends Mick & Tracey Hannah, and South African Andrew Neethling. Spank is one of the original sponsors of UR Team owner/manager Fabien Cousinie's squad and it could easily be said the two have grown up together over the years.

The United Ride team was instrumental in the development of SPANK s patented Vibrocore impulse and fatigue damping handlebar technology.

Aside from Riding Addiction and UR Team, Spank Industries supports a strong group of up and coming teams and privateers on the World Cup from all over the world. Keep your eyes on riders from the Swiss Downhill Syndicate Team, as well as Rose Bikes new team, RRP led by iXS Cup and Austrian National Champion David Trummer.

SPANK Industries Expands World Cup Team Ahead of Lourdes

Spank would also like to make a special call out to the Brazilian Whip-master Bernardo Cruz, and Canadian hopeful Forrest Riesco, who rose up through Spank's grassroots program, going full pro in 2014 when he entered the World Cup.

MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles @urteam


  • 23 1
 Dear Spank. Please release the team graphics race33 wheels to the general public.

I've heard you have a vibrocore seatpost coming out. Any truth in it?
  • 38 1
 Yeah I need that seat post so I can spank my ass
  • 15 0
 Vibrator'Core seatpost hahaha
  • 5 1
 Good Vibrations xD
  • 1 0
 Team Edition Spike Race33 rims are available in Black/Yellow (26" and 27.5") and Black/Silver (24") this year Jaame! First shipments have already gone out!
  • 1 0
 @duttonmike: that's awesome!
  • 10 2
 After watching Remi Thirion's Whistler vids...I'll buy whatever rims he was using...
  • 13 0
 You're confusing two different people:
Remy Metailler is a commencal sponsored rider who makes the most outrageous Whistler edits.
Remi Thirion is a rider on the Commencal Riding Addiction team, best known for his unbelievable speed in steep sections and ludicrous line choice.
  • 3 0
 @fabdemaere: If you think Thirion makes fast line choices, you must see Metailler make his way down rampage
  • 3 0
 @fabdemaere: Ha! Yup you're definitely right. In my head, they're the same person...
  • 2 0
  • 4 0
 The new DH wheelset, Spike Race 33, is not available to the public? It's not on Spank's website?? A review would be great!
  • 5 0
  • 9 0
 @Spank-Ind ....please update your website with all your new products
  • 1 0
 @kwapik: So Sorry guys.....the all new website is a few weeks behind schedule, but coming soon. Focused on getting the new one up rather than fixing issues and updates on the old one right now. SOON!
  • 1 0
 The opposition are on the receiving end of a Spanking.......
  • 6 7
 My spank stem seemed to be made of cheese, didnt last too long at all. On the plus side, it was really smart to look at!
  • 1 1
 I think they make all lf their stuff with cheese in my experience
  • 1 3
 So are they sponsored by Fox or Alpinestars? (I know Sam is sponsored by Fox for sure)
  • 1 0
 UR Team is sponsored officially by Alpine Stars (but Sam Reynolds has an independent Fox sponsorship). Commencal Riding Addiction is sponsored by Fox.
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