PRESS RELEASE: Crestline Bike Co. & Cascade Components
As I'm sure you can imagine, we have been frothing over this news here at Crestline Bike Co.
and Cascade Components
for the last little while. We are happy to officially welcome Sam Blenkinsop
to the Crestline family!
Sam has a number of races on the cards and the stoke is high knowing that we will be an integral part of supporting him in achieving his racing goals this year. Blenki will be racing the Crestline RS 205 VHP at all the DH events he competes in and if he does make it to any EDR rounds, he will configure the rig appropriately. As some of you already know, Cascade Components has been refining a link that will reduce the travel to 180mm and you can then throw a single crown fork, 12spd drive train and AXS dropper post on the bike no worries.
Blenki will also be training on, and potentially sneaking a race or two in, aboard the brand new, Bosch powered Crestline RS 7550 eMTB. Cascade components and Crestline will be working closely with Sam, and if need be, utilizing all the options the RS 205 VHP has to offer to make sure we get the bike absolutely dialed for the stylish southern sheep to hang off of.
In the interest of attempting to avoid the status quo for the types of athlete quotes used when announcing new partnerships, here are two, unsolicited, word for word text messages that were sent from Sam to Troydon. The 1st one around the time when Sam received the initial DH frame. The 2nd, after Sam had some time to throw a leg over it and give it a run. We have to agree with Sam, it's going to be a good year! "Man, I don't think I've been this excited about a new bike in a long time"
- Blenki pre ride "F*#k, bike is sick, it's going to be a good year"
- Blenki post ride
Some detail shots of the Crestline RS 205 VHP DH frame and a few snaps of the recently announced eMTB's
Sam is working on an official release to fill you all in on exactly what he has planned for 2023 and everyone else he will be working with. We can't wait to see him out on the bikes and wish him all the best for this forthcoming race season.
The races Blenki plans to participate in are:
• 2023 UCI DH MTB World Cup Series
• 2023 UCI DH MTB World Champs
• 2023 Crankworx World Tour
• Select 2023 UCI Enduro World Cup races
• NZ National DH Cup Series
• NZ National Championships
• Red Bull Hardline
Find out more about the Crestline Bikes that Sam will be riding this year here - RS 205 VHP DH
the RS 7550 eeb
or the RS 5075 eeb
See you at the races!
in every shop I’ve worked at, we have called them Fail Straight Away, so many janky products, and awful OE stuff.
Just a “false”!
Some people’s kids are wild.
FSA makes some pretty good stuff, it’s not supper flashy, they’re not out there yelling all about it, just quietly getting it done making decent stuff, that most ISO’s us could ride all day long.
False, friggin nerve of some people,
Everything I’ve ever owned if yours has been rock solid.
For info on the DH bike, Matt Beer did a first ride review you can find by clicking here - RS 205 VHP
For info on the recently announced ebikes check here - RS 7550 and RS 5075
First objective: brand exposure. Success.
Stoked for Blenki. Always delightful to watch.
And keep the adjustable CS length as is so we can run longer or shorter rear ends regardless of the size.
Are the expenses (entry’s, flights, accommodation etc) going to be shared by Crestline, various smaller sponsors & Blenki himself? Genuinely curious as the expenses must add up very easily & rapidly…
Crestline bikes is a tiny tiny essentially hobby company, it really doesn't need be said that they are obviously giving nothing more than a free frame, maybe 2! So, the money has to be coming from Blenki himself.
Thats because it is, bikes are an expensive and let's be honest a damn small one. These brands that riders are being sponsored by are maybe giving free (at most), I reckon mostly discounted gear. So, the money to travel the world for guys who aren't sat the top has to be coming from somewhere.
Serious question: how does this matter? Or perhaps more to the point, what really matters, marketing or engineering?
I'm just saying that there about 10 times smaller than a small brand like Evolve bikes that no one has ever heard of, so there is no way they can afford to pay someone to travel the world doing races, let alone pay them a salary to do it.
What end does your desired transparency serve? Why should it matter to me whether or how Blenkinsop is compensated by Crestline? I'm eager to see what both of them are able to accomplish regardless of their contractual language.
Also - crestlinebikes.com/product-category/bikes
Do some looking next time.
Up votes on you and down votes on me shows what a pack of apes pb is made of.
Comparing prices to SC is, ya know an easy target lol.
GG uses thermoplastic as the polymer matrix of their carbon fibre reinforced composite, which enables their automated production process. Almost all other frame manufactures use a thermoset polymer matrix. These are two different composite materials.
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