#weRideForPaul: YT Industries to Auction off Rampage Signature Frames for Paul Basagoitia

Oct 23, 2015 at 11:04
by YT Industries  
This year’s Red Bull Rampage was overshadowed by the serious injury of Paul Basagoitia. The American’s life is now thankfully out of danger, but he will still have to undergo a lengthy and costly rehabilitation process. For this reason, Rampage sponsor YT has decided to auction off its TUES CF Rampage Signature Frames and to donate the proceeds towards Paul Basagoitia’s medical costs.

Mountain biking is an activity which by its very nature involves a lot of risk, and Red Bull Rampage is one of the most extreme sporting events of all time. The riders prepare meticulously onsite for a week and they participate knowing the risks, but injuries are part of reality for these athletes – they are in principle impossible to avoid, even when you benefit from the best possible medical assistance on site. The tragic accident of Paul Bas makes this very clear.

After a long and complicated operation, Paul is out of immediate danger and he is expected to progress towards recovering from his injuries. However, he has a long and hard road ahead of him, and one that is very costly.

Red Bull Rampage sponsor YT Industries has therefore decided to auction off on eBay the 4 Rampage Signature Frames that Andreu Lacondeguy, Cam Zink, Kelly McGarry and Yannick Granieri rode in Utah. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go towards Paul Basagoitia’s medical costs. Said YT’s CEO Markus Flossmann: “Our thoughts and our best wishes are with Paul and his family. We sincerely hope he will make a full recovery! He faces difficult times, however, and rehabilitation can be very costly. As we know, pro mountain bikers don’t exactly earn football salaries, which makes that financial burden so much more difficult to bear. With the auction of our Rampage frames, we want to at least make a small contribution to assist Paul and his family. We also hope that the mountain bike community will consider participating!

The 4 TUES CF Rampage Signature frames will be put up for auction on eBay as of Friday, October 23:

YT Carbon Tues Signature Frame


Click here to bid on Andreu Lacondeguy's bike



YT Carbon Tues Signature Frame

Click here to bid on Cam Zink's bike.



YT Carbon Tues Signature Frame

Click here to bid on Yannick Granieri's bike



YT Carbon Tues Signature Frame

Click here to bid on Kelly McGarry's bike



MENTIONS: @YTIndustries / @EeehhZink




146 Comments

  • + 324
 Awesome Idea, nice to see companies stepping up to help a fellow rider, fair play YT #weRideforPaul
  • - 24
flag AK350Z (Oct 23, 2015 at 11:27) (Below Threshold)
 It ridiculous that this should have to happen though, and the costs are not bourne by Red Bull or, as in err, more "social" countries, the state.
  • + 114
 Its true about the healthcare system in the U.S. being so screwed up. Regardless, its very cool to see a company and their athletes step up in such a way to help out a fellow rider who has invested much of his life shredding and pushing the sport. YT stepping up big time especially considering Paul doesn't ride for them.
  • + 46
 Gotta applaud yt for doing this. As a company I love them which is why I recently bought a Cf pro. But why does everyone keep blaming red bull? At this rate red bull will pull the plug and there will be no more rampage, surely no wants that!!!!!!!!!! #weRideforPaul
  • - 72
flag EnduroManiac (Oct 23, 2015 at 13:49) (Below Threshold)
 Stepping up big time? Sure it's nice from YT. They could have done nothing. But how much does it cost them? Despite the custom paint, I don't think it's more than 2000$. Considering the exposure they get with this action, they could make an additional donation worth the savings it makes to their communication budget. Ok, maybe they do it and don't talk about it? If yes, I think they should say it. At least they admit it is a "small contribution". Better than nothing.
Heal up Paul.
  • + 20
 You think it's smart for a small company to eat $8000?
  • + 12
 S54itb- they're not eating up anything close to that
  • + 47
 @EnduroManiac I really don't get what your complaint is. Why should they say whether they have made a donation? Paul is not one of their sponsored riders, so the fact they are doing anything is pretty good of them. Maybe everyone who comments on one of these articles should have to say how much they have donated?
  • + 19
 Those frames are custom !26"! frames, not the standard 27,5" ones. So the production and developing costs are only divided by a handfull of frames. They are certanly worth way more than 2000$ each
  • - 24
flag EnduroManiac (Oct 23, 2015 at 14:52) (Below Threshold)
 @dingus: it's not a complaint. I'm just always shared about these type of actions, because the companies, though doing something positive for Paul, are simply getting so much more exposure than it costs them. Shared feelings.
  • + 1
 Fair enough. I would see them divulging if/how much they donated as them trying to boost their reputation. Yes they're going to get exposure, but at the same time they can probably raise more money and exposure for Paul this way than they could afford to otherwise.
  • + 2
 previal- very good point. forgot they were custom-made for 26" wheels.
  • + 9
 Great initiative by YT. Yet another great move by a company making a push to be global. Hooking up Missy Give was rad, but this is legit. They deserve as much goodwill for this as possible. More goodwill for this than the illegal we have directed at the "big sponsor". Kudos YT, consider me a fan.
  • + 14
 Such a stupid perspective, "yt are only doing it for the publicity".......... So what? Nobody else seems to have stepped up, where's Scott? Where's red bull? Maybe more companies should have spent their marketing budgets on this sort of thing, because its done more than a poster or magazine ad ever could.
  • + 2
 Just a quick note for anyone who is actually bidding - McGarrys is listed as 650b so they are not all 26"
  • - 6
flag da-gooner (Oct 24, 2015 at 10:29) (Below Threshold)
 These frames don't cost nearly that much to produce. They can afford it.
  • + 3
 I wouldn't assume that his sponsors or Red Bull or whoever else isn't supporting him just because they haven't done a press release stating otherwise.
  • - 5
flag EnduroManiac (Oct 24, 2015 at 16:42) (Below Threshold)
 So much neg prop? Wow you guys are being a little too emotional. How come you see only negativity in what I wrote? Bluumax went even one step further by completely changing the perspective of my comments. Is that so hard to face reality for you? I never said YT is doing it for their own interests. Certainly not. But are you genuinely incapable to see what this action cost them and what it indirectly brings them? Is that so hard to admit? Are you blind? Is that yet another conspiracy like the one that brought the 27" wheel size? Seriously guys, calm down and relax.
  • + 4
 ^ Props are an imaginary number. Its sad people care so much about something that has zero affect on you. Go outside... I wish I could right now Frown
  • + 6
 Sometimes there are things more important than money. This move speaks volumes about the company ethos of YT Industries.
  • + 2
 Endure maniac - If it is such an astute move on the part of YT and the exposure far exceeds the value of what they offer then why isn't every company stepping up to do this - either they are all incredibly commercially naive or perhaps things don't add up quite as simply as you think.
  • + 2
 Oh no... A company did something nice for a rider they don't sponsor and reaped some brand exposure from doing so... Whatever will we do... What a tragedy...

To be honest I fail to see any difference between this and a regular sponsorship. You do something to support a rider, and in return they get you some media exposure. @EnduroManiac correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't hear you complaining about how the Athertons are sponsored by GT. I mean, how dare GT make a profit out of supporting them? One rider could be acceptable, but all three siblings? Despicable. And don't even get me started on Red Bull putting on free to view streaming for rampage and a myriad of other events. Absolute bastards, supporting the sport and getting massive media exposure in return.






In case that wasn't clear enough, yes that was all sarcasm.
  • + 134
 Im 6'4" so I will be bidding on Lacondeguys bike
  • + 71
 Do you work at a circus?
  • - 6
flag OldnRusty (Oct 23, 2015 at 14:55) (Below Threshold)
 @ abzilla. The circus really?! 6,4" isn't that exeptional. Esspecially here in Europe. But maybe you're just used to short and heavy.
  • + 39
 FUCKING BURN AMERICA oh wait..
  • + 17
 @oldnrusty, I think he meant that lacondeguy is literally a foot shorter than Tmackstab, so it will look like a giant riding a kids bike haha.
  • + 7
 @leon-forfar how dare you skip the opportunity to reference a midget humping a football, for shame.
  • - 3
 I think your height is better suited to Kelly's bike
  • + 22
 People on Pinkbike really suck at getting jokes...
  • + 97
 ouch SCOTT....
  • + 31
 For sure! Respect to YT (Zink)
  • + 49
 Never mind Scott, the silence from Red Bull has been pretty deafening. Much respect for YT and friends though.
  • + 6
 ^^^ Agreed. Where ya hiding, RedBull?? Hospital bills are one more thing he DOESN'T need to be worrying about in these difficult moments!
  • + 4
 @Fix-the-Spade @rory does Barclay pay for injured football players in england? I guess not, the teams do...just an example
  • + 65
 Do we even know for sure that Paul's sponsors haven't stepped up yet? I don't know why everyone seems to expect some kind of press release flaunting their good will (and if there was one then people would probably accuse them of exploiting bas's injury as a marketing opportunity). Maybe his sponsors are taking great care of bas and they don't give a shit about placating the hysterical pinkbike lynch mob
  • + 2
 @Prevail. Does Barclays hand pick specific players and ask them to come play in the Premier League?
  • + 18
 Jesus, the bitching and moaning about Red Bull is getting old.
  • + 4
 Let's save this page for sending love to YT, "main sponsor" hate has a whole bunch of other high-jacked comment section's to use. I know. I used them. A bunch. Kudos again to YT, super-legit.
  • + 6
 Maybe red bull has donated and or is helping this guy but just not doing it publicly
  • + 3
 @Fix-the-Spade Rampage is a FMB event so they are picking the riders. Red Bull is just the head sponsor. Despite, who says Red Bull is not helping through their wings for life foundation?
  • + 4
 There is a chance that a person could die in this event and the riders know this so if you aren't in the position to deal with these shitty circumstances then why the hell do it. I would think that the risks are great enough that each and every rider would thoroughly understand the insurance coverage they have and then either take a gamble with subpar coverage or remove themselves from the event. The governing body for this event really should mandate that each and every rider has total coverage. It seems that the event cares more about covering their own asses and less about the well being of the riders. All the same, props to YT for taking it upon themselves to help out a fellow rider.
  • + 88
 1 YT Tues, only used for a week, almost new condition. Wink
  • + 6
 yeaaaaaah... not on mcgazzas hahahahaha.
  • + 4
 All Freeway miles?
  • + 27
 only fire road ridden
  • + 37
 These are actually the NEW Frames. These were backup frames for the riders, and were never even built up.
  • + 1
 @oxide - Glad to know that, but consider reviewing the eBay description as it states otherwise:
"Red Bull Rampage sponsor YT Industries has therefore decided to auction off on eBay the 4 Rampage Signature Frames that Andreu Lacondeguy, Cam Zink, Kelly McGarry and Yannick Granieri rode in Utah"
  • + 4
 @Marsupilami The description is confusing and would definitely lead one to a conclusion that the frames are used but it also states the frames are "New." The fact of the matter is that Oxide (and myself) work for YT and can honestly tell you that these are the boy's backup frames and were not ridden in Rampage.
  • + 2
 Also, they are auctioning them off for charity. The point isn't to get a "cheap" Tues frame here.
  • + 1
 I should have said, to me this is more like buying a piece of art to hang on your wall.
  • + 69
 Way to step up YT. This brand not only sells rad bikes at prices lower than most everybody else but they also are willing to support a fallen member of the MTB community when he needs it most, EVEN when he is sponsored by a different company. This company is proving that it cares more about the welfare of our support than its own corporate gain. #iRideForPaul
  • + 1
 sport*
  • + 50
 Classy move
  • + 41
 This is a company that just gets it. From design, to marketing, to understanding their customers and industry and stepping in when a rider (even from another company) needs help. Great company on many levels, my next bike will be a YT.
  • + 3
 I find it a good reason to support YT
  • + 34
 You would raise more money if you raffled them instead of auctioning them. a lot more people can afford a 10 ticket than can afford to bid on the frame, but it is really cool the intent to help is still there.
  • + 4
 this so much everyone can put a $10
  • + 4
 That's is a much better idea to be honest. fair on people who can't afford to bid aswell.
  • + 13
 Great idea, awesome to see YT doing this. Where you at Scott? You should have done this too. Would be nice to see them or another of his sponsors make a special shirt or Jersey to donate proceeds.
  • + 9
 Cool thing to do.

It's rad seeing YT continue to step up for Paul. Wonder if any of his other sponsors and other industry companies would be willing to make those complete bikes to auction off.

@spank-bikes
@raceface

@Giro where you at with some helmets and shoes.

Product is something ALL these companies can afford to toss in to raffles to make it happen for Paul. I don't think people are grasping just how much this recovery and surgery is gonna come out to cost.
  • + 2
 if those companies make a special bundle and raffle them at let say $10 a ticket, a lot of money would be get.

@spank-bikes
@raceface

we know you all are there so say something
  • + 11
 This is really cool of YT. More companies need to take notice!
  • + 9
 Wheres Scott and Raceface, his actual sponsors? Great move on YT's part. Right thing to do, and good publicity. This will make me look harder at a Capra next time around.
  • + 2
 For sure. This is a company that needs to stick around. 4 bikes, that deserves crazy respect.
  • + 5
 This is great! But serious question: Why do competitors show up without medical insurance that will cover them in case of serious injury?
  • + 11
 They can't even compete unless they have insurance. That's not the issue.
  • + 4
 Is it not? It specifically says that this is to help with medical costs
  • + 22
 Insurance comes in a lot of forms. For example, my insurance is an 80/20 plan, which all things considered is one of the better plans here. After I meet my deductible for the year ($2000) my insurance kicks in and pays 80% of whatever expenses I have. I'm stuck with 20%. That 20% can stack up quickly when you undergo 9 hours of surgery and have to pay for months of high intensity rehab.
  • + 4
 Good to know, I never realized this.
  • + 35
 Welcome to America, where you can have the best insurance available, and still go bankrupt due to injury.
  • + 7
 Do you not have a max out of pocket? I could rip myself apart and it would only cost me $5,000 the entire year, with insurance picking up the entire rest of the tab. Get proper insurance that limits your financial liability and you don't have to worry about being drowned in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
  • + 1
 Normal insurance doesn't apply to professional high risk athletes...
  • + 5
 That's why they should have insurance that isn't normal
  • + 7
 really nice, well done YT!
  • + 5
 How about some $50 YT #irideforpaul t shirts for the rest of us to buy. 1st in line
  • + 4
 I hope we are all wrong and when the dust settles Paul thanks his sponsors and Red Bull for all the help and support on his road to recovery.
  • + 2
 As a YT Tues CF Comp owner, this makes me really happy to see! If I wasnt paying for my own damn medical expenses right now, I'd be bidding on one of these frames. I could just transfer all of my components over. Damnit that would be sick. GO YT! and GO PAUL!
  • + 2
 All of this finger pointing is a lot of wasted energy that could be put into actually helping dude out. Most of you keyboard crusaders don't even know for sure what companies have provided support. Just focus on helping out in any way you can..too much negativity. And props to YT for winning some hearts. YT is here to stay in North America and they want us all to know it.
  • + 1
 I think if the whole mtb community and the brands could really use for a good cause. If every company does this when we have people who race and get injured, sell some uour own sponsored boys frames bikes, in donation for fallen riders, and in the end we all help each other out. Injured gets healtcare, another fellow rider will get new stuff to ride on, and the company's gets to shine a little extra. From my side, two thumbs up and a hell yeah for YT!! They sure go in the right direction!
  • + 1
 Great step up by YT to show solidarity for riders, of any brand. Regardless of the press it gets them it's a noble thing to have done. Let's not assume just because his main brand sponsors haven't shamelessly whored out a press release that they aren't doing all they can to help. it would be crass of them to publicise anything they were doing.
  • + 4
 Makes me proud to be a YT fanboy....well fanman....just an old guy who rides a YT!
  • + 3
 Just another reason to love YT, a company that puts the riders first. I always support companies that cares about the community.
  • + 3
 Dayum I'm sorry I missclicked your props. +2
  • + 2
 Such a great idea! It's awesome to see the mountain biking community supporting a fellow shredder ! Well done everyone. Heal fast Paul.
  • + 3
 I honestly hope someone outbids me on Granieri's frame. Lets get as much as we can for these guys.
  • + 0
 His costs should be fully covered by Red Bull and the other companies that sponsor these high risk events for their own profit, as in any other professional sports. It is completely insane that they can get away with that and yet still collect massive revenues because very young athletes are willing to risk their lives and long-term health for our general entertainment. Red Bull and the others should be boycotted until they step up; no questions asked. Personally I am quite sickened by all of this and wont be supporting it any more.
  • + 1
 I was seriously considering a YT Tues for my next DH rig. This tips the scales even further. Awesome products, great prices, a company that gives back to the community. Done and done.
  • + 0
 THIS IS WHY RED BULL RAMPAGEMUST PROVIDE MEDICAL INSURANCE ON ALL RIDERS IN THRCOMPETITION. NO EXCUSE. YT IND SUPPORTS THE TEAM BUT IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN 4 FRAMES TO SATISFY PAUL'S MEDICAL NEEDS. I KNOW COZ I HAD AN ACCIDENT RACING DH. MY INJURIES IS NOT AS BAD AS PAUL BUT BILLS WILL KEEP ON COMING. MY TOTAL SUGERY COST IS $39,998 OUT OF POCKET COST IS $10,050STILL PAYING FOR THAT TOO. OH BY THE WAY. I HAVE INSURANCE.
  • + 3
 YT just earned company of the year! Nice job YT!
  • + 3
 Wish this was a raffle. I can't hang with those prices ????
  • + 2
 What about @SCOTT-Sports support ? (I don't want to disgrace you, only to help Bass !)
  • + 1
 Very classy move! I wish I rode a YT! This says a lot about them. I hope the bigger companies follow too. $38k raised so far!
  • + 1
 Looks like a lot of German. Does anyone want to take a stab at the frame sizes for each? Cam's is the custom 26" by the way!
Any size small?
  • + 1
 Just check the geo. Ebay.ca has these listed as well in English.
  • + 2
 Yannick & Andreu are 26" small frames. Zink is a med 26". I think Kellys is a standard large 650b with custom paint.
  • + 2
 Great to see YT doing this! The guys who run this company are doing everything right! My healing vibes go your way Paul!
  • + 1
 Which actually is great advertisement... I was considering the YT again for a few minutes! Just a shame about the USD/CAD at the moment
  • + 1
 If the purpose of this is to raise funds, would it not be a lot more affective doing a raffle? $5 a ticket or 5 for $20 or something along those lines...
  • + 2
 Way to step up YT. Makes me even more proud to own my relatively new Tues Pro.
  • + 4
 Same Smile this is why yt is the best, by riders for riders
  • + 1
 Big respect to YT for doing this, lets being honest they didn't have to but still did. Fair play boys - All the best of the recovery Paul
  • + 2
 Honestly, the only other bike I would buy besides a demo is a TUES. +1 for you YT
  • + 1
 same here!
  • + 1
 The auction info pages claim the chainstay length is 420 (awesome) but the YT website specs 435. Anybody know which is true?
  • + 2
 These are custom frames for 26" wheels. But mcgarrys bike is 27.5 I believe.
  • + 1
 Great to see support from a bicycle manufacture, I wonder if any of the others would do this? Smile
  • + 1
 That's incredible that YT is doing that, makes me wanna get one even more now!
  • + 1
 Sweet frames and such good support from YT - wonder whose idea that was Smile time for some ebay chicken (death or glory)!!!
  • + 1
 This is a way only a select few with money can help. Raffle we could all help.
  • + 2
 Well done YT. Btw Yt +1 wining popularity and them sell more bikes.
  • + 0
 Now I'm interested in a YT, awsome they support the our community, and I shall do the same. wish Redbull would of stepped up,
  • + 2
 YT....mad respect. Please take you seat at the table. Buy YT!
  • + 2
 They ship Worldwide no worry what eaby u use.
  • + 1
 dumb question: when you click on the link its ebay Germany ( I think). How do you see the auction in the US format?
  • + 2
 it make a frame set please
  • + 1
 Any one know the size of the frames I want to bid but I ride a medium-large
  • + 2
 If I had the $$$ to bid, YT would be my next ride!!
  • + 1
 Cam Zink's initiative no doubt...
  • + 1
 That is really cool. Like, super cool. Of both the riders and YT.
  • + 1
 Thanks YT for stepping up!
  • - 1
 Red Bull should had all riders insured or at least offered to cover all related recovery expenses! They spend so much money all around and they won't support Paul!
  • + 1
 In an ideal world, that would be great. But, you cannot expect redbull to pay for and stream globally these massive competitions, and then pay for riders injuries (which can easily run into the 6 figures in bas's case).
These riders build there lines and know the risks. That said, it's amazing that YT is stepping up to help out, even if it only makes a minor dent. True class.
  • + 3
 Red Bull should either have these guys insured or at least don't allow them to ride if they are not insured on their own.

For example in both football and basketball World / Euro Cups etc all players are insured by the organising federations so I can't understand why Red Bull that organises Rampage doesn't do the same.

As for the negative votes (which I couldn't care less) simply show that many people here care less more about the "sport" rather than the players.
  • + 2
 I was just about to write something very similar. Bang on.
  • + 2
 Young Talent Smile
  • + 1
 Why did YT pull all the auctions before they finished?
  • + 1
 I DON'T wish it was an auction!!!
  • + 1
 Now this progress. Wish I had money.
  • + 2
 Respect YT.
  • + 2
 Rock on YT
  • + 1
 Class act YT.
  • + 1
 #RIDE IN PEACE KELLY
  • + 1
 great job, YT
  • + 0
 Thank you YT and everyone else. Now, how about Red Bull step up?
  • + 1
 Paul Grey?
  • + 1
 Those are rad.
  • + 1
 Great atitude yt!
  • + 1
 Fair play to YT.
  • - 2
 Why is it in German?
  • + 2
 ebay.com and .ca have them listed as well.
  • + 1
 thanks
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