After ten years riding for Kona
, Connor Fearon has found a new home on the newly formed Forbidden downhill team.
The team is Forbidden's first foray into World Cup downhill after it launched its enduro team at the start of last season
. Forbidden said, "For a brand known for developing bikes with a gravity performance bias, it was merely a matter of when, not if, we would develop a bike and enter the World Cup scene."
Connor will be the flagship rider on the team but he'll be joined by Magnus Manson who is working his way back to recovery from Hodgkins Lymphoma
. Also joining the team from Kona will be manager Matt Dupelle who has over two decades' worth of experience on the circuit and will no doubt allow Forbidden to get off to a running start in its first season.
Of course, there's one snag here and it's that Forbidden doesn't currently produce a downhill bike. We've spoken to Forbidden and they're expecting to start the season on a Dreadnought with custom links
but there is apparently a dedicated downhill bike in the works too. Keep an eye out for that breaking cover soon.
Also joining Forbidden's ranks is young British enduro racer Alex Storr. Storr was on Forbidden's ambassador program last year but went on to win the British U21 enduro national championship’s title and round six of the U21 EWS (the third rider to ever win an EWS on flat pedals). This year he steps up to the full team alongside returning rider Rhys Verner.