Santa Cruz Syndicate Confirms Laurie Greenland, Jackson Goldstone & Nina Hoffmann for 2022

Jan 6, 2022 at 8:38
by Alicia Leggett  

After teasing the new team lineup yesterday with a cryptic post that put keyboard detectives to work deciphering who would be on the team, the Santa Cruz Syndicate announced today that it will add Nina Hoffmann, Laurie Greenland, and Jackson Goldstone to its roster for the upcoming season.

bigquotesWhat happens when travel restrictions prevent getting your new team together? Why, you stay in and do puzzles instead of course!

Our missing pieces for 2022 are…

@nina.hoff96 Protégé of the Santa Cruz grass roots program in Germany, it’s hard to imagine Nina’s only been racing World Cups since 2019. Her trajectory is one of the most inspiring in DH racing and we’re excited to give her the extra backing to take things one step further in 2022 and beyond.

@lauriegreenland The laid back Bristolian could almost have been from our hometown of Santa Cruz, with his love of bikes, surfing and skating. An established podium threat and a perfect fit for the team - as many a Syndicate fan pointed out over the years. Thanks for the patience everyone.

@jacksongoldstone Ex balance biker and the current Junior World Champion, this Canadian army knife can switch it up on any two wheel’d steed, but we’re stoked he settled with both Downhill and the Syndicate program. Does Jackson like puzzles? Are Greg and Steve more like Grandparents than Father figures? Find out the answers to this and more in 2022.

@foxmtb gear & apparel: wait, what?! That’s right, Greg, Steve, Laurie, Nina and Jackson all roll into this year in Fox Racing gear from head-to-toe. Never in the team’s history have we done this. But after 18 years of screening candidates, it’s clear that Fox Racing’s penchant for style & technical innovation makes them our perfect partner in crime.

Last and certainly not least… Heading into his 15th season with the team, our reigning WORLD CHAMPION @gregminnaar will be entering his 24th season of World Cup racing, with his eyes still firmly focused on that top step. There’s no-one more focused when those beeps start chiming in the gate. @stevepeat also continues on as COACH, gracing the pit and hillside with his un-rivalled race knowledge and guidance. A ‘Gandalf of Gravity’ you could say.

No puzzle is complete though without our long term friends and sponsors that keep our bikes running as fast as possible: @ridefoxbike @rideshimano @maxxisbike @foxmtb @burgtec @stifmountainbikes @reservewheels @wd40bike @nawatechgroup @chriskingbuzz
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144 Comments

  • 287 2
 So good to see Nina get the ride she deserves and the Syndicate finally enter the women’s field. Greenland and Goldstone onboard too. Great team and strong mentors! Looking forward to the 2022 DH season!
  • 48 0
 Way to step it up Santa Cruz! Superstars all the way around, this season is going to be hot
  • 9 1
 @50percentsure: here here!!! Couldn't be more excited to see this line up race in 2022, well if I'm being honest, same goes for the entire field. But its great to see an expanded Syndicate.
  • 5 0
 Stacked for 2022
  • 7 0
 Who was on the roster last year? Just minnaar and shaw ?
  • 1 29
flag ligament (Jan 6, 2022 at 10:10) (Below Threshold)
 those two and vergier, i think.
  • 6 0
 @michaelbozof: Loris Vergier was on Trek in 2021: www.pinkbike.com/news/loris-vergier-signs-with-trek-factory-racing.html
  • 7 15
flag mknott9 (Jan 6, 2022 at 10:29) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: you mean pon holdings
  • 13 0
 It'll be awesome to see Nina on a factory ride, being able to focus on racing
AND
Jackson being mentored by the GOAT [that's worth some kinda Fox documentary video thingy]
  • 7 2
 I predict two good things in the immediate future (because I’m Nostradamus!):

1) Syndicate videos will no longer have that crap 80’s Dallas theme opener…or whatever the hell that was supposed to be.

2) We are going to see team videos soon: Team intro and a San Romolo team camp (maybe in the same video, but hopefully not). Either way it’s going to dominate.

Can’t wait!
  • 3 0
 @CantClimb: correct
  • 2 0
 @michaelbozof: Loris was and is still on trek
  • 2 0
 Always seemed weird they have an entire brand dedicated to women riders yet didnt sponsor any to showcase the bike on world stage
  • 2 0
 @endurogan: the Juliana ambassadors are under that brand not Santa Cruz www.julianabicycles.com/en-CA/community
  • 145 3
 anddd the syndicate IG story gave the credit to vital. that's gotta hurt.
  • 13 0
 YESSS!!!
  • 83 11
 I love it! Outside can suck it.
  • 50 15
 @leviatanouroboro: and yet your still on here posting and supporting. LOL
  • 32 0
 Yep, they gave the credit where it was due! Thanks to VitalMTB forum keyboard sleuths!
  • 11 21
flag ReformedRoadie (Jan 6, 2022 at 9:31) (Below Threshold)
 @porkchopsandwich:I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you’re here at like the Gas ‘n’ Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?
  • 13 0
 @ReformedRoadie:
by choice, man.
  • 5 1
 surprised Outside didn't cut it out... they are probably trying to buy out Vital as we speak.
  • 61 3
 Hey sketchman, why does Greenland look like Dale Earnhardt, Hoffman look like Tom Brady and Goldstone looks like the Unabomber?
  • 3 4
 wat
  • 2 4
 err, they're sketches...
  • 12 0
 It's odd because in real life, Jackson Goldstone looks like a pint sized Gene Wilder.
  • 47 2
 The biggest thing will be Greg not in Oneal gear!!!!
  • 2 0
 Looks like Greg may not be on fiveten either….
  • 2 0
 @dhx42: FiveTen was never a team sponsor just a personal sponsor of Greg and Jackson long before he joined - Luca ran Crankbros shoes last season. Looks like the team still doesn't have a specific shoe sponsor.
  • 42 0
 @brookscurran: If there's one thing Nina Hoffman needs, it's a shoe sponsor.
  • 44 0
 Pretty rad they got Napoleon Dynamite to do these sketches.
  • 2 1
 Fantastic comment
  • 28 0
 Wow what a team. It’s great to see the invest in a female athlete and a junior. Way to go.
  • 44 18
 Syndicate will never be the same without Peaty, RatBoy and Gregory. Good times.
  • 7 1
 The Party hard or go home team to beat all - good times
  • 2 0
 @linton-photo: Yeah man, and still smoked other teams also. Btw, do you still have photos from SDA's of 03/04 years? Big Grin
  • 14 0
 dont forget rennie was there too!
  • 2 0
 @andraperrella27: Yeah damn how could i forget the big Aussie. Had the pleasure of meeting him, Warner and Peaty in a bar in Fort Bill around 2004, absolute mad lads.
  • 9 0
 @wbro1974: Warner, Rennie, and Peaty walk into a bar...
  • 3 2
 Two out of three ain’t bad.
  • 6 0
 @mi-bike: .....2 felonies and a misdemeanor
  • 2 0
 @wbro1974: Somewhere in the attic lol Did put a lot of old stuff online on Roots and rain website.
  • 25 0
 They re good at marketing that s for sure! It was an inventive way do it. Gonna be a strong team
  • 20 0
 they really knocked this year's signings out of the park. the GOAT, a consistent podium threat and a guy with wild style in Laurie, an extremely promising junior world champ, and a super fast rider in the womens field.
  • 17 0
 First female on syndicate isn't it? Stacked team and goldstone's destined for greatness.
  • 12 0
 Glad a high profile team gets a junior and female on the team.
Stacked line up!

I always wonder if it should be elite trade team requirement (maybe any 3 out of the 4 categories). Instead of some teams just having multiple male elite riders!
  • 17 3
 Good to see them being inclusive, they have the oldest and youngest under their tent!
  • 12 2
 Not a Fox hater but it'll be sad not seeing Greg in an O'Neal lid... I always loved his full face!
  • 3 0
 `does this mean Peaty will be in a fox lid though? surely not?
  • 1 0
 @mattyglynn: I doubt it. He's not listed under the Fox Kit part of the post, only the racers are.
  • 4 0
 Actually I'm beyond wrong. Clearly not used to seeing Peaty's name written as Steve.
  • 8 0
 Very different team from the peaty and ratboy years. Great to see how the team has progressed over the years. Looking forward to seeing what they all learn from the goat.
  • 4 2
 Nina brings a bit of that Ratboy energy back, eh?
  • 15 5
 VITALMTB FTW!!!
  • 15 9
 After all these years hearing about the latest XXL frame modifications, it will be nice to finally see some smaller SC frames in the spotlight.
  • 16 3
 tall dudes need proper functioning bikes too!
  • 22 1
 Smaller Frames have been in the spotlight for atleast 20 Y
  • 12 0
 I don’t get this. There’s nothing special or different about smaller sized frames from them but everything Greg worked on was pushing the envelope for tall people and properly fitting and balanced bikes! I think that is rad and is so very appreciated!!
  • 6 1
 @RockCrawler: straight up

@stormracing: I agree. Also all of there 'smaller' sizes have been straight forward but all of Gregs larger stuff is cool because what he is doing is fun to think about all the mods and how they effect things. Its just fun to think about
  • 1 0
 @andraperrella27: fax, just fax
  • 8 0
 "Gandalf of gravity" - lol!
  • 7 0
 I'm surprised to see Minnaar off O'Neal, he'd been with them for nearly 10 years!
  • 4 0
 Yeah, they had sick helmets too, just like his previous lid sponsor, OGK.
  • 6 0
 Powerhouse racing squad for sure! best of luck in 2022!
  • 6 0
 Great move from Goldstone
  • 6 1
 This guy's going places! It seems odd that there wasn't a thank you and farewell post to trek from him on his Instagram...
  • 8 3
 Goldstone - so hot right now.
  • 4 0
 No more ROYAL clothing for Peaty then , strange as he part owns the company, but could have changed…
  • 5 0
 This is genuinely the biggest surprise of the announcement to me!
  • 1 0
 @ripsilver: yep that’s what I thought!
  • 3 0
 @ripsilver: Fox must have had some money to spend after losing Finn and Loic
  • 1 0
 @brookscurran: or they spent so much backing arguably the most well known, talked about DH team they didn't have enough left over for the Spesh guys
  • 3 0
 Very true but the syndicate also uses WD40 and not Peaty's Products.
  • 2 0
 I don't think he is off the Royal kit - or TLD lids. I'm fairly certain the Instagram post only mentioned the four racers as all being on Fox.
  • 3 0
 Ignore me. Definitely says Steve. Will be very weird him not being on TLD
  • 12 0
 @samfr1000: Yes, big bummer, but we wish Steve the best.
  • 1 0
 @mattyglynn: Syndicate was and possibly still is sponsored by Peaty's, although they do seem to me missing from the list of supporting companies in this article
  • 2 0
 @melonhead1145: SC Reserve now have their own valves and looks like WD40 for the lubes which knocks out a lot of the Peaty's product line up.
  • 1 0
 @razor: Basically just the Sealant then? I know it was said at the time they probably don't even use Peaty's sealant because it's shit
  • 1 0
 @troyleedesigns: a lovely touch of class from you.
  • 1 0
 @samfr1000: much better than the comments on the A3 review
  • 5 0
 Congrats Nina. What a great Teamlinup
  • 4 0
 Strong team. Nina is one of my favorites.
  • 2 2
 Pinkbike's annual community survey showed that Santa Cruz was the most popular primary bike (9.37%) and were the overwhelming first pick for what bike users were going to buy next. Santa Cruz has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past 5-7 years and I have no doubt they could become one of (if not the number one) highest-valued MTB brand in the world. They probably have a load of cash on hand and a lot of new investors onboarded, especially over the past two years. Seemed only like a matter of time after last year's team restructuring that they would come out of the gate with a killer lineup.
  • 3 0
 If you relisten to Levy's interview with Greg in reverse he dropped hints on the new team back in October.
  • 3 0
 You guys spelled Nina's last name wrong...
  • 3 0
 And you just fixed it lol. Smile
  • 1 0
 @Bikedude666: what was it before?
  • 4 0
 @michaelbozof: "Hasselhoffman"
  • 1 0
 @michaelbozof: The original had her last name spelled with only one N.
  • 4 0
 Sheeeeeesh
  • 1 0
 So sick!
  • 2 0
 Hope those SC bikes have enough POP that Jackson can continue to ride like the Kangroo He is while hauling down the trail !
  • 5 2
 Goldstone switched!?!? What the....?
  • 3 0
 Seems like Trek lost a Izabella and Venessa Pertozvskas as well
  • 4 0
 @juanargent: they are pretty stacked too anyways..
  • 3 1
 Stoked for the Canuks- gonna have a proper contender (no offense Finn) on one of the biggest teams around.
  • 3 1
 Good to see the syndicate finally putting a woman on the team, been way too long.
  • 1 1
 Would have like to have seen a young protégé female brought along with Nina. Maybe a Kailey Skelton type.

But overall an absolute rad team - feels like real Syndicate in terms of the character composition.
  • 1 0
 So, did Luca technically choose staying with Troy Lee over staying on Syndicate and running Fox? Man that would be a tough decision.
  • 2 0
 Oh this is gonna be good!
  • 2 0
 Whos joining Brook at mondy
  • 4 0
 Trummer?
  • 1 0
 Ángel Suárez??
  • 2 0
 @Bitelio: I think he'll be staying with Commencal, but moving up to Commencal/Muc-off.
  • 2 0
 Cheers Drive! Top news Laurie..
  • 2 0
 Going for the monopoly approach.
  • 3 1
 v hyped to see goldstone on a v10
  • 2 0
 Yes!! Goldstone@SantaCruz very cool!
  • 2 0
 WHOA Big moves. Great for all involved! GO GOLDSTONE!
  • 1 0
 Lol, I thought that Greenlands mustachio was eyebrows. Bushy brows and red bull hat. Was sure it was Loic Bruni
  • 1 0
 Possibly the least surprising team announcement of the year. Good luck to them all.
  • 1 0
 Greenland is gonna be a beast. British riders on Santa Cruz, how it should be.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully the swobo lineup division will be soon to follow Santa Cruz. Shoot, get Tim parr involved and let’s do this!
  • 1 0
 Greenland looks like Rob Warner in that drawing.
  • 3 0
 LOL He got Robed
  • 1 0
 Good to see. Dak and luca remaining.
  • 1 1
 Holy [expletive] that's a stacked team. Imagine the knowledge Minnaar can offer.
  • 1 0
 Fresh ride means fresh energy!
  • 1 0
 Awesome lineup! Can't wait to see how the season goes for them this year
  • 1 1
 Solid team for The Syndicate!

But imagine the duo of the PB website + the VITALMTB Forums?! = Rainbow stripes every year
  • 1 0
 So sick. I’ve always loved the syndicate. This season is gonna be smokin
  • 1 0
 Now Jackson and Nina can work on those one-footers together!
  • 1 0
 Excited for the video series
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing Greg will have a CLIF painted Rampage
  • 2 1
 Best news I've heard in weeks. This is awesome.
  • 1 0
 All I can say to this is: Happy new year!

F••kin’ A!
  • 1 0
 Bit surprised Greg changed race kit sponsor actually ... but great group
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Santa Cruz Win-dicate, to me! :-)
  • 1 0
 Fantastic team for 2022! Well done to all.
  • 1 0
 Was hoping Tuhoto was gunna be on.
  • 1 0
 Impressive.
  • 1 0
 Rad team! Congrats
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