An Update From Aaron Gwin

Jan 23, 2016 at 0:32
by Mike Levy  
It's not the big news that so many people are waiting for, but Aaron reached out last night with an update on how things are coming along, and to say thanks to the fans that have showed so much support. And no, he wasn't ready to comment on any of the team rumors that have been making the rounds.

The big questions are who, why, and when, but Aaron was only willing to speak about the latter, saying ''I'm hoping that the news will be released in about a week, but I have no control on the final decision." There has been talk of some major companies involved, and my hunch is that this might be making for some complicated contract dealings that would explain the delay.
Gwin QUOTE


bigquotesHey everyone,

Just wanted to give you guys a quick update on what I've been up to. I realize that it's been a while since I've released any news and a lot of you would like to know my plans for next year. First, I'd just like to say a huge thank you for your excitement, the amount of interest that I've gotten during this new step in my career has been crazy. I'd hoped that I could have announced the news weeks ago, but it just didn't work out. As you can imagine, there are a lot of pieces that need to be put together when building a top-level program, from the ground up. I've only had a few short months to take this on and I've done my best to make sure that every last detail was attended to at the highest level possible. That being said, I'm very happy with how the whole team has come together. I'm also super excited to begin a relationship with a few new personal sponsors.

Well, that's it for now. Big thanks again to everyone for the support during this time. I've got a team photo/video shoot to do next week and then we'll be ready to release the goods! Hope you guys have a great weekend, can't wait to see some of you at the local races very soon!

-Aaron Gwin






399 Comments

  • + 819
 > New relationship
> Personal
> Complicated

Aaron Gwin riding for Brazzers 2016.
  • - 8
flag rcrdrvr (Jan 23, 2016 at 7:24) (Below Threshold)
 Ha.
  • + 256
 Maybe christian mingle?
  • + 17
 If you see man drivin a german whip.... That's prob' gwin!
  • + 78
 Yes, the Brazzers/Christian Church team 2016
  • + 106
 The power of Christ cumpels you.
  • + 26
 He was supposed to ride for farmersonly.com, but decided to start his own site: downhillersonly.com.
  • - 14
flag ridethree (Jan 23, 2016 at 8:21) (Below Threshold)
 www.freeride-magazine.com/news/aaron-gwin-wechselt-zu-versender-yt/a24067.html#.VqOnIekxnqB Published by a german mtb magazine. I know not everyone understands german but there are only 2 letters you need to read, or use google translator
  • + 23
 Aaron Gwin breaks the internet....
  • + 2
 @Dmrbikes85211.......Lets just you WILL be seeing him on Tuesdays hehe
  • + 53
 He is going for the Apollo, for sure. Representing Halfords. Get in!
  • + 36
 And Bang Bros, uh...I mean Crank Bros
  • - 15
flag randybadger (Jan 23, 2016 at 9:15) (Below Threshold)
 Quote on dirt says it all.
"That's a dick move Aaron...either share....or just dont say anything"
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flag hardcoredivision (Jan 23, 2016 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 The article that @ridethree mentions:
www.freeride-magazine.com/news/aaron-gwin-wechselt-zu-versender-yt/a24067.html#.VqO-ovnhA_7

AARON GWIN JOINS CONSIGNOR YT
Dimitri Lehner - World Cup overall winner Aaron Gwin left Sponsor Specialized - to the surprise of the scene. But with what the bike wants quick Ami 2016 points? Now it's out: Gwin runs the bikes of the consignor YT.

David vs. Goliath: Who would have thought that the Up & Coming label YT would the manufacturer giants Specialized relax from the Frankish Forchheim its fastest horse: Downhill superstar Aaron Gwin of California. The surprising if only because the Forchheimer took gradually a freeride star after another under contract. Meanwhile, for example, drive Rampage winner Andreu Lacondeguy, FMB-World Champ Cam Zink, Allstar Robbie Bourdon, Super Flipper Kelly McGarry, double front flipper Bienve Alba and FMB-Star Yannick Granieri for Young Talent Industries.

As the scene asks legitimately as the small German shipper can afford these celebrities and now even comes with the fastest bikers in the world at the World Cup at the start. A co-operation should make it possible. Together with Red Bull, KTM Motorcycles and Audi wants to stem the costs, maximize marketing and heave the support on a level not witnessed YT.

The fact that a motorcycle manufacturer for the Downhill World Cup interested, reminiscent of Honda's commitment about ten years ago, when the Japanese with silver custom cars and Greg Minnaar as a figurehead celebrated great successes.

Exciting, a Worldcup hardly be called the first race in Lourdes, France (9-10. April). We ask ourselves: Will it create Gwin to continue his winning streak on the new bike? And what if not? Specialized had to experience a marketing Gau, as for Gwin Trek joined Specialized after his serial successes and contributed in an unprecedented fiasco. Gwin has been completely passed on the Specialized Demo and ended the season among the also-rans. Only with the new demo, he made it back to his usual form and was the Downhill World Cup again dominate.
  • + 80
 @randybadger Hogwash. People on multiple articles and multiple threads are complaining and badmouthing Gwin for not announcing things sooner. If he can't announce yet, he can't announce! He doesn't have an obligation to satisfy anybody's curiousity, but given the grumblings going on, I think it's pretty cool of him to acknowledge the attention and apologize for not letting the cat out of the bag yet.
  • + 24
 FUCK YOU GWIN! TELL ME EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! IT MATTERS!!!!! I'm losing my mind... sorry
  • - 68
flag randybadger (Jan 23, 2016 at 10:15) (Below Threshold)
 If you can't say anything useful don't say anything. He acted like a dick when he left trek. As far as I can see leaking silly little teasers isn't the attitude of a pro sportsman, it's just being a dick.
We are all passionate about the sport and are all keen to know what's going on. This on going Bullshit wouldn't be happening at all if there weren't silly little drawings and none statements flying around the media.
What do we know now that we didn't three months ago? Nothing. But somehow the conversation keeps appearing.
It is getting very tired.
  • + 22
 And yet we all keep clicking and commenting!
  • + 3
 Yes we do Frown
  • + 13
 Everybody calm the Huck down! Now... We're going for another 1000 comments here! He's gunna do it on Tues-day. I wouldn't be surprised if he'd be getting a new passport as well
  • + 8
 Hold on...here it comes...wait for it. Dayum, such a tease...I like it. Oh shit, I forgot I was on Pinkbike.
  • + 10
 guys he will be riding for Naughty America
  • + 3
 hahahahaha
  • + 2
 I actually like that comment Waki Smile
  • + 40
 Just leaked!!!!... he's riding a ■■■■ for ■■■■■■■ with ■■■■■ and ■■■■■■ as sponsors. ■■■■■■■ says, "Gwin will be a great brand ambassador and we are ■■■■■■■ to have him riding ■■■■■■■."
  • + 1
 @velociraptor.. You either made a spelling error and I have a dirty mind, or I see what you did there.
  • - 14
flag RedBurn (Jan 23, 2016 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 What's sure is that it won't be YT. I called the factory in Germany (+49 (0) 9191 736305 0 ) ... and they told me they had the capital for it, but absolutely no interest in beeing represented in the DH racing world because they sell already tons of new bikes each year (didn't tell number) due to freeride legends who ride YT, such as Lacondeguy, Zink, McGarry, Granieri, etc... I asked for clues but apparently they didn't know more than us. Overall it's pretty logic, if they had taken Aaron, they would have had to take other riders too, Gwin was not gonna make a team on his own. Can't wait to know
  • + 37
 @Redburn You're taking this too seriously.
  • + 3
 you are wrong @RedBurn . It is YT
  • + 12
 100 says he's goung to CUBE.
  • + 4
 " ...from the ground up". CUBE?
  • + 1
 I wonder why nobody is interested in my next team. Oh and btw, Gwin is joining the team first order. the pic was a good hint
  • + 3
 foreplay. ever heard of it? hehe
  • - 1
 aaron's instagram: "Good times ahead though, we've got an awesome team and I can't wait to get this party started! "

No way YT is creating a "team" with at least 3 riders in .... !!
  • + 45
 I'd like to hear that conversation @Redburn: -YT industries, you are speaking with Klaus, how can I help you? - hello this is Francois von Smallhausen from Belgium, Is it true hehe that you are going to sponsor Aaron Gwin this year?

Awkwaaaaaard
  • + 15
 If the NY Giants don't pick Gwin up to replace Manning I going to cancel my season tickets.
  • + 0
 wtf is this!!! tell the people what they want god damn it! i cant keep this boner for ever Aaron!
  • + 5
 @torero
" ...from the ground up". CUBE ? you ask

- CUBE hasn't had a Pro-Level DH team yet so they have to build it from the ground up.

Gwin: "As you can imagine, there are a lot of pieces that need to be put together when building a top-level program, from the ground up."
  • + 10
 Sweet update, Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 464 and counting thought the brazzers comment was funny?
Yet no one can take a serious article seriously?
What Aaron can and can't do, by contract, doesn't hold others back. You think Freerider mag just conveniently put something together for fun?
The cats outta the bag. Has been for a while.
  • + 3
 Looks like fsr linkage wil rule the circuit again and again and again.............
  • + 0
 Behahaaa!! Best Waki comment in a long time right there. Well done.
  • + 1
 It burns
  • + 5
 Bringing in new riders and bringing back a legend as well. Yes, on Sun-day, Iron Horse will be announcing their comeback.
  • + 1
 Has it got blacked out windows and is he leanin' back?
  • + 0
 @chaosoner a bit too far
  • + 1
 Most upvoted evvver? Anybody know the record holder?
  • + 1
 Team Apollo rocking the atomic from the 90's
  • + 6
 On a different note there is a countdown of 1 day and 2 hours to something on the cube global squad page.
cubeglobalsquad.com
  • + 3
 This is Gold
  • + 1
 @Trudeez here's a higher propped one: www.pinkbike.com/news/aaron-gwin-specialized-2016.html

i'm pretty sure i've seen other kiloprops as well.
  • + 2
 Good Times is a YT slogan....will be funny if it turns out differently but what does it really matter?
  • + 4
 They can't sort out a chain sponsor
  • + 1
 ok, it's YT for sure. Cube just announced their riders.
  • + 2
 ellsworth
  • + 2
 Giant is still a possibility since YT is now going to be their main competition for good value bikes....
  • + 1
 Giant is a very good possibility but imagine Santa Cruz with Gwin and Ratmon! Either way who cares,, next season some new jack going to blitz the circuit.
  • + 1
 It appears that everyone is like "SC never" all this because gwin is mega christian and drinks no beer at all ... Actually SC is a serious possibility .. it's at least a brand that can afford
  • - 1
 He really is a mega idiot but rides pretty fast.
  • + 368
 Meh
  • + 34
 Let's call Julian Assange and Edward Swowden they'll know what's happening with Gwin for real
  • + 14
 There's only one company that can afford him: Team Aliexpress
  • + 33
 Update from Aaron Gwin: "There is no update."
  • + 285
 Would have been cool to see no comments and everyone play it like they don't care about all of this.
  • + 77
 Or if someone wrote "meh" and it was the most upvoted comment hahaha
  • + 7
 He's ego is loving this, that's for sure.
  • + 41
 We can save that joke for the actual release
  • + 2
 hahahaha it would be awesome
  • - 11
flag BiNARYBiKE (Jan 23, 2016 at 10:07) (Below Threshold)
 What would be cool about that, honestly?
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 23, 2016 at 10:24) (Below Threshold)
 @comacruz - in such case your banning skills would no longer be needed.
  • + 13
 gwin ? never heard of him
  • + 24
 he's one of your drones in sector 7G, sir
  • + 2
 Im sure he'd love to announce it. Either not fully inked or some stuffed shirt is driving the wait
  • - 3
 People do care. PB visitors mention it in the most unrelated topics, why expect here that no one cares? Why even read the article if you don't care? It's been a while that he left Specialized now and a lot of people apparently expected the news on a new team to drop earlier. Aaron Gwin knows and instead of keeping silent until everything is sorted, he published this release telling "Thank you for the excitement. Unfortunately I'm in no position to tell you much more but things are looking good." I think that is fair. If you don't care, don't read. If it wasn't the news you were expecting, that's in the nature of it. If you're seriously bothered by news like this you'd better not take chances and not read anything with his name in the header. Just wait until April. The bike he rides by then is the bike he'll be riding this season.
  • + 98
 Relationship?
Complicated?

Looks like he's signing up with Taylor Swift.
  • + 32
 He'll have a song written about him in 6 months then.
  • + 12
 And I'd probably enjoy it.
  • + 1
 If he gets a percentage for the songs written about him, half a million dollars would indeed be reasonable.
  • + 7
 Gwin will Shake it Off! and ride for Ellsworth!
  • + 0
 Yes I think "shake it off" by Taylor Swift would go well with a promo video for Ellsworth
  • + 1
 There is a blank space for Gwin in one of her contracts.
  • + 70
 "then we'll be read(y t)o release the goods" he was obviously giving us a clue.
  • + 150
 Na man, If you take first letters of the the 6th, 14th, 23rd, 29th, and 38th words they spell GIANT. And those numbers in reverse order are his races numbers from 2005. However, i think he's just pulling our leg on that one too since if you record yourself singing his words to the tune 'Eclipse' from Dark side of the Moon, then play it backwards, it kinda sounds like caa-nnn--yoonn.
  • + 29
 Illuminati confirmed
  • + 0
 I've just released the goods on the China throne, about as much use! Maybe he is just simply riding the Jesus carpet!
  • + 6
 He's going to CUBE. Mark my words.
  • + 71
 He's signing with Honda.
  • + 3
 How cool would that be?!?!?
  • + 20
 Hyundai.
  • + 25
 Actually, think it might be Porshce. The only people who could afford him? www.porbike.com/bikes/porsche-bike-fs-2.jpg
  • - 5
flag cragus-t (Jan 23, 2016 at 7:11) (Below Threshold)
 XD
  • - 7
flag manuesi (Jan 23, 2016 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 he's actually signing with YT, KTM Motorcycles and Audi.
  • + 9
 Sounded like a full team in the making. We all look silly when we find out he's riding for giant
  • + 3
 No way any VAG owned brand can afford to sponsor Gwin after the emission scandal.
  • + 5
 I'm pretty sure VAG can afford to sponsor a cyclist despite the emissions debacle.
  • + 5
 The emissions scandal is couch money for vw.
  • - 3
 The only people offended with emissions scandal are Euro hippies butthurt for not being able to afford a car, and owners of V12 pick up trucks, those with 100bHp out of 6.4L engine. Tesla FTW!
  • + 2
 NASA team ?
  • + 18
 BTW - has it crossed your mind that he made this statement because he is maybe so impressed with the interest that it's a tribute to us commenters and fans? Stop being whiny dicks. You're like my two year old who saw the dinner ready and won't listen to: it's too hot, wait for two minutes... Whaaa! whaaaa! Whaaaaaa! boo boo bee buu bbbb Buuui! Buuuuuuu! Wheeee wheeeeee!
  • + 1
 Team Fiat, they have all the $.
  • - 1
 I have actually heard that he is riding for Auti next year.
  • + 1
 Yea dk1996 - he went like: screw that DH thing, I prefer racing touring cars, Laguna Seca, Spa, Monte Carlo - also cheaper than MTB Big Grin
  • + 2
 He's going to CUBE,they are announcing the new team next week,
  • + 7
 @wakidesigns is your two year old meant
To sound like r2d2
  • + 68
 Think of all the free marketing YT got if he doesn't sign for them. It's a gwin gwin situation
  • - 1
 The advertising for YT is already invaluable.
  • + 2
 But think of the free marketing that would happen if he signed for someone other than YT. If he announces YT we all are going to say "So what else is new"
  • + 1
 @RLEnglish, Yup...waited to long, too much hype, YT is doing pretty good without him = not a big deal.
  • + 64
 Tired of that Gwin Soap opera
  • + 21
 Haha.. No kidding. An announcement to let us know that there's no announcement yet..
  • + 60
 Gwin on team Trump
  • + 1
 you can' stump the trump
  • + 4
 Team America World dominators. Gwin and Trump.
  • - 5
flag KUNTHER (Jan 23, 2016 at 8:50) (Below Threshold)
 TEAM AMERICAAAA!!!!!! FUcK YEA!!!!!!!!!
  • + 6
 Team América:
-Marcelo Gutiérrez
-Bernardo cruz
  • + 3
 Trump for Team owner and Pahlin for team manager. O'Reilly gets into the booth with Warner
  • + 12
 I'm surprised that people know so much about our horrible politicians/conservative commentators...
  • + 10
 Lay em all down for braking bumps.
  • + 1
 ^^ two most American comment yet. Fvck yeah!
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns Chuck Norris as his team mechanic.
  • + 51
 Come on Intense!
  • + 4
 Their my leading guess.
  • + 5
 That would be amazing. Keep it American. Plus he lives like walking distance from their headquarters.
  • + 7
 There was a White Ford Raptor parked a very short distance from their office a couple months ago when I drive by.
  • + 11
 If a company with deep pockets signed him then they could afford the salary but who would really notice. I mean it wouldn't help Giant sell more bikes would it? But if a company like Intense signed him they their DH bike sales would explode wouldn't it? Isn't that what sponsoring someone is about?
  • + 13
 YT - meh. Intense - now that would be Insanely awesome.
  • + 5
 Gwin on a carbon M16 with rainbow striped decals at the end of the season. Now that would be more epic than Palmer's M1.
  • + 47
 From Google Translate: Keep waiting and rumoring, thanks.
  • + 15
 Indeed. Clickbait article and quote on the main page
  • + 38
 Who cares Ride bikes
  • + 2
 Ditto
  • + 3
 Lol ok
  • + 34
 These guys are under paid for what they do. Get that money while you can.
  • + 29
 I heard it was Percy Throwers garden center in Shrewsbury.
  • + 11
 Parents used to stop there on the way to my nans in Gobowen pre M54. I've since always hated garden centers.
  • + 8
 Must been plenty of large bushes in the 70's though.
  • + 24
 He probably thought the specialized thing would work out and when they wouldn't accept his salary request he left/dumped him. everyone who is talking trash on Gwin, next time you are looking for a job just take wayless than you are worth or don't ask for a raise at your current job. We all know how complicated it can be to start at a new company and sometimes it takes weeks to finalize everything, try doing that with several different company's at the same time. Keep hating Gwin and what he is doing and the contracts for top level DH riders will always be way under what they should be. I think this could be ground breaking and he might be bringing other riders on with him now or in the future. Keep joking about his religion as well because that's very mature and shows your intelegence and lack of tolerance for others choices
  • + 23
 *Intelligence.
  • + 14
 First day on pinkbike? The anxiety gave it away.
  • + 20
 Good catch on my mistake on the spelling of intelligence, not the best word to spell incorrectly given the point I was making.
  • + 4
 *companies
  • + 7
 Good comment @Duffield Don't let the peanut gallery get you down!
  • + 10
 Yes, don't let illiteracy keep you from pointless ranting. 'Murica.
  • + 15
 We're commenting on mountain biking article. It's all pointless ranting.
  • + 3
 Those other MTB sites like to call us cynics, but I prefer "realist"
  • + 2
 *Specialized
  • + 2
 *way less
  • + 8
 I'm not keen on religion in any way, but I've actually been put off all the god slammin in the comments. I don't spend time with Gwin, but aside from a few thanks to god in interviews I don't feel like he's ramming it down anyone's throat.
  • + 1
 OMG. Too. Many. Jokes.
  • + 1
 @JesseE, you must be joking. I guess you never saw his three part, one hour interview "Have Faith."
  • + 0
 people troll this place just to pull up literacy, there lives are so Intense!
  • + 9
 *their
  • + 0
 Thei'yre (just to cover them all).
  • + 1
 @inter71 dang, no, haven't see that (thankfully). I may have to reneg on my comment, then. Still think faith hatin is a bit of a low blow on a bicycle forum.
  • + 25
 Zink hook him up with he's old contract at Hyper.
  • + 21
 Looks like he's been taking notes from the marzocchi PR dude.
  • + 17
 He's milking this now a bit too much really.
  • + 13
 I'm a bit surprised that nobody hasn't posted news about the new Cube DH team yet... The bike looks capable imo.

www.mtb-news.de/news/2016/01/10/cube-global-squad-neues-team-im-downhill-weltcup

It's in german... but to sum it up: it will be an english speaking team with "riders who are definitely not unknown and do have world cup experience"
  • + 6
 Hmm, youve got me thinking now, as the world cup leader wears a black vest during the season, so does the mystery cube rider in the link who is also running fox shocks???
Oooh the suspense
  • + 4
 they are gonna reveal their riders on Monday Smile
Cube should definitely have the money. They are very big in germany/europe... much bigger than YT and maybe also bigger than Canyon.
  • + 2
 I might even have to start cheering for him, if he ends up on that bike. Gulf Racing colours FTW
  • + 1
 The pictures they are showing in the article of the two riders.....
  • + 1
 2 brands which are on gwins list Fox & dtswiss
  • + 1
 Ye, but with "new personal sponsors" it might conflict with a Downhill Squad who will probably use the same brands.

And with Cube making a replica of the Action team bikes, Team Wanty group, etc. they are probably also looking to do the same for their 2017 dh line up/Cube Global Squad model. "Personal Sponsors" seems to conflict when planning an OEM production.
  • + 2
 What gives it away are the grips. Those on the Gulf / Porsche colored Cube are the Aaron Gwin sig grips.
  • + 1
 The pic of the blue n flashed two15 is the same as used almost 6 months ago for a press release on the same German website and looks like cube fritzz grips.

Can't tell from the other pic, way to blurry when I zoom on the phone ????
  • + 1
 @N00B1 Looking at that page you posted I'm thoroughly convinced as well...
  • + 1
 Cube just announced their team.
  • + 18
 Meh, boring.
  • + 12
 Judging by the delay in announcing it's got to be either YT or Canyon. He's clearly just waiting for the frames to be back in stock and his ordered to be processed. Fingers crossed it turns up for the start of the season, some people have been waiting months though I hear.
  • + 17
 Annoying.
  • + 11
 Gwinn is the nicest guy I've met in Leogang pits. Very approachable and chilled out. Best of luck in 2016 Aaron whatever the bike you ride. Well played with Spec too. Knowning what you are worth and having the balls to say it is a top move.
  • + 13
 Who's Aaron Gwin?
  • + 19
 the dude with really shaggy hair and lives on a canal boat i think
  • + 2
 Gee Atherton?
  • + 8
 so he is bringing new players to the game.......yes
new bike....?....maybe
new team...?....looks like
new sponsors...?....seems like
new outside interest....?.....apparently
is there anything this man can not do for dh mountain biking....?....doesn't seem to be (damn world champs)...
aaron gwin......THANK YOU !
  • + 8
 The trouble is when you have an athlete pursuing a sponsor from a different filed of sports and one that they have an interest in is how do you know that you're not going to loose your athlete to the other discipline.

Aside from appearing in complied edits from UCI DH races, what other video edits did we see from Gwin in 2015?
I cant remember any except for riding DH on a KTM motorbike.
I bet that was a huge frustration for Specialized.. many on here would suggest their most marketable athlete, however he spent his time making a video for a different company capitalizing on the success he has for riding DH yet completely ignoring the fact that Specialize pay his wages.

I'd wager that any contract negotiations he is in include a number of caveats that he must produce a number of brand specific edits/exposure and that there will be penalties if he fails to do so.

Lets say that YT pony up part of the cash he wanted from Spec.. but he has to get KTM to pony up the difference. He then goes and hurts himself dicking about on a KTM moto and can't race for the season.. YT are absolutely going to want non-appearance penalties written into his contract.
Big bucks have to come with a big guarantee of return on the investment.

Of course, I'll stick with the belief that he's dun messed up and is out whoring like an std ridden prostitute trying to sell any trick in his bag to get himself to this magic number that he came up with when he calculated his theoretical worth to specialized....
I honestly hope I'm proved wrong and that he is indeed paving the way for athletes to diversify their sponsorship opportunities with brands outside the obvious... hurry up and wait I guess. Still, we'll never know the numbers or the details.
  • + 8
 the top specialized bike costs 2x as much as the top TY, would love for him to come in with a YT and destroy it this year, it would be a total slap on the face for those marked up bikes
  • + 11
 A Trek with KTM stickers.
  • + 6
 Jeeeez. Getting a solid update on Gwinus like trying to get my gf to orgasm.......oooh here it comes......oh p'raps not......hang on, it's about to....hmmm not yet.......hello! What do we have here it's........ahh stuff it I'm going to ride something else.
  • + 5
 If that's your experience with your GF then you're doing it wrong... lol
  • + 11
 what a dick tease
  • - 2
 Pick a Team a be a dick
  • + 8
 I bet he's going to be Troy Lee's main dude and ride that Santa Cruz/Sram..come on now, he's the All American Golden Boy!
  • + 5
 It's stories like this that highlight the difference between the mountain bike 'media' and the media in other sports. Clearly there are people in the industry that know where he us going but the mountain bike media doesn't really break any news. They always wait for official press releases and largely stay out if the rumor game. Which is the complete opposite of how most sports media operates. In other sports there are website and reporters who only job is to dig up dirt on where players are going to sign or who might get traded etc. The mountain bike media acts more like a marketing tool for the industry itself as opposed to a news outlet.
  • + 5
 Aaron, we don't believe the number you're asking for is quite reasonable, how about we settle on the figure we originally proposed?

Yeah, well, watch me put an article on Pinkbike about absolutely nothing and get more hits than WC final coverage!!!
  • + 7
 That awkward moment that Armchair commenters think they know everything about gwin...
  • + 6
 No arms on my chair buddy. heard he is being sponsored by Wal-Mart. A friend of a friend told me .
  • + 0
 Team Wal-Mart - Next- Mt. Dew 2016
  • + 8
 Hello Aaron, we know already what your plan is.
  • + 3
 "As you can imagine, there are a lot of pieces that need to be put together when building a top-level program, from the ground up. I've only had a few short months to take this on and I've done my best to make sure that every last detail was attended to at the highest level possible."
This statement right here makes me think that HE'S starting HIS OWN team.
The YT rumors would make more sense then to the people who are wondering how YT could afford to pay him and start a WC team at the same time.
It may be that his team will be riding YT bikes, and his backers are KTM and Audi.
Heck, some SX/MX'ers have done it. Reed, Stewart, Pastrami I believe...
  • + 7
 Hammering out a deal with Visine and Animal Crackers.
  • + 2
 So half of the riders, including last year WC winner and the whole Atherton squad switched teams without any broohaha (not to mention mad dog and his companions) but this soap just keeps on going. It's MTB for peat sake, not F1 or some other big money snobby sport. Let's not turn it into that. I wish we had more of these guys www.pinkbike.com/video/422894
  • + 3
 More attention equals more money to riders. They deserve more money so don't bitch about the media attention. It's what earns riders money
  • + 2
 To be fair the switches that you mention (Bruni and the atherton's) we not team switches. Those riders all stayed on the same teams, just changed frame/title sponsors of the teams.
  • + 5
 Personally I don't really care.....I hope him well and all but there's others teams I'm more interested in.
  • + 2
 This sounds more like, dang, I got greedy and now I am probably not riding 2016.
  • + 5
 Have you guys seen the new Sam Hill edit? It's awesome and he's looking super fast for 2016!
  • + 3
 Who cares. Did the claw get this type if coverage when he left specialized? Know what, who cares.... Bike are meant for fun not meant for a plot line in some super fan soap opera.
  • + 3
 "I'd hoped that I could have announced the news weeks ago, but it just didn't work out"
It has to be really hard to press the buttons on your keyboard in the right order
Jk, obviously still freakin excited.
  • + 0
 AARON GWIN WECHSELT ZU VERSENDER YT
Dimitri Lehner - Worldcup-Gesamtsieger Aaron Gwin verließ Sponsor Specialized – zur Überraschung der Szene. Doch mit welchem Bike will der schnelle Ami 2016 punkten? Jetzt ist es raus: Gwin fährt die Bikes des Versenders YT.

www.freeride-magazine.com/news/aaron-gwin-wechselt-zu-versender-yt/a24067.html#prettyPhoto
  • + 2
 Would a Redbull factory race team be so out of the question? It seems they are ever increasingly getting involved with the bike sports, whatever that may be, and the fact Gwin has at times genuinely seemed to have wings.

They have the money, he is already a great brand ambassador and would allow him free reign of bike choices, though my guess is he would be riding a KTM rather than the much blogged YT.
  • + 1
 Seems implausible to me. It'd be weird to have some athletes that are "their" team competing against other Redbull-sponsored riders.
  • + 2
 What exactly is the deal with www.freeride-mountainbike.com in the first place? Their article seems to be why so many people think the YT thing is a done deal but is there any credibility to this website in the first place? How many here had even heard of that site before this story?
  • + 1
 The YT rumor has been around for a long time, like a couple months.
  • + 3
 Doesn't matter if Gwin rides YT next season or not, everybody talks about this company now. No need for commercials for YT bikes anymore, mtb-forums has done that job.
  • + 1
 I think Martin Whitley (ex Honda and TWR) will be running Gwins new team and Laurie Greenland (jr WC champ, World champ and ex TWR) will be on the team as well. There's still been no news on who he will be running for this year.
  • + 2
 He needs to come out with another update in a couple of weeks to say that he's still not revealing anything but he appreciates the support. And, keep doing that every two weeks for like 6 months
  • + 1
 I have some friends, who are here from Sweden to train and are sponsored riders in Europe, that claim they were riding out near Lake Elsinore (SoCal) and saw Aaron Gwin riding out there on a YT and wearing Alpinestars clothing.
  • + 2
 This is just dragging on. The guys making a huge hoo-ha about why bike he's going to be riding. Yes he has the credentials but old people f*&k faster than this guy gets info out.
  • + 1
 Geez guess I've to join the fray here on PB. I have a great deal of ambivalence toward this guy. On the one hand there is no question of his remarkable ability on a DH bike. I applaud him for attempting to move the sport in the right direction as far as what athletes on mountain bikes get paid. I'm sure Paul Bas would agree. Nobody shows up at a WC mtb event to see the board of directors for some bike company. I don't however view Aaron as a great ambassador for an international sport. He is a religious conservative American, which unfortunately puts him in the political camp of all that is viewed as unfavorable about America throughout the world. Not that being religious is necessarily a bad thing, but here in America it generally puts you in the camp of the demagogue crazies like Trump, Cruz, et all. It's unfortunate but true. On top of that he seems to take himself waaaaay too seriously and his personality on camera reflects that. Just compare him to someone like Peaty or Minnar and you'll get what I'm saying. So yeah.. As an American I feel somewhat ambivalent that this is the guy representing us to the rest of the world in my favorite sport. He doesn't seem to be a likable character at all.
  • + 1
 another german mountain bike website posted another interesting fact.
CUBE another german bike brand will have a new world cup team with two members, both speaking english?!
This could be the answer, why they built a new downhill bike for 2016...
we will see...
  • + 2
 " As you can imagine, there are a lot of pieces that need to be put together when building a top-level program, from the ground up." I think he teams up with a brand that didn't have a WC-Team before. YT?
  • + 2
 I liked my YT cause it was relatively cheap and under the radar in a world full of Bromads. My YT told me all this attention is making it self-conscious. It'll blow over little buddy....we're still an underdog.
  • + 0
 David gegen Goliat: Wer hätte je gedacht, dass das Up&Coming-Label YT aus dem fränkischen Forchheim dem Hersteller-Giganten Specialized sein schnellstes Pferd ausspannen würden: Downhill-Superstar Aaron Gwin aus Kalifornien. Das überrascht schon deshalb, weil die Forchheimer nach und nach einen Freeride-Star nach dem anderen unter Vertrag nahmen. Mittlerweile fahren z.B. Rampage-Sieger Andreu Lacondeguy, FMB-World-Champ Cam Zink, Allstar Robbie Bourdon, Superflipper Kelly McGarry, Doppelfrontflipper Bienve Alba und FMB-Star Yannick Granieri für Young Talent Industries.

Da fragt sich die Szene berechtigterweise wie sich der kleine deutsche Versender diese Prominenz leisten kann und jetzt auch noch mit dem schnellsten Biker der Welt beim Worldcup an den Start geht. Eine Kooperation soll es möglich machen. Gemeinsam mit Red Bull, KTM Motorcycles und Audi will YT die Kosten stemmen, das Marketing maximieren und den Support auf ein nicht gekanntes Niveau hieven.

Dass sich ein Motorrad-Hersteller für den Downhill-Worldcup interessiert, erinnert an Hondas Engagement vor zirka zehn Jahren, als die Japaner mit silbernen Custom-Boliden und Greg Minnaar als Aushängeschild große Erfolge feierten.

Spannender kann ein Worldcup kaum werden als das erste Rennen in Lourdes, Frankreich (9-10. April). Wir fragen uns: Wird es Gwin schaffen, seine Erfolgsserie auf dem neuen Bike fortzusetzen? Und was, wenn nicht? Specialized musste einen Marketing-Gau erleben, als Gwin nach seinen Serien-Erfolgen für Trek zu Specialized wechselte und in ein nie dagewesenes Fiasko steuerte. Gwin wurde auf dem Specialized Demo komplett durchgereicht und beendete die Saison unter ferner liefen. Erst mit dem neuen Demo, schaffte er es zurück zu seiner gewohnten Form und konnte den Downhill-Worldcup wieder dominieren.

nsmb.com/aaron-gwin-official
www.freeride-magazine.com/news/aaron-gwin-wechselt-zu-versender-yt/a24067.html#prettyPhoto
  • + 1
 From Trek to Specialize to where ever I'm sure he'll perform the same way. I doubt he'll ever choose a company where the bike he rides doesn't feel right for him.

I guess a part of the reason why this is getting such huge attention (aside from him being the best in the sport currently) is we're all curious to know which company(s) is willing to give him the pay he's requesting.
  • + 0
 Gwin is the future...What he is doing right now is very cool. It is going to change the sport in a big way for the better for all the racers. This Dude is a pioneer. Enjoy this moment right now because it is going to be much bigger than Palmer with his motogear. Cant wait to see him a Fontana...Will it be a Sprinter or a full blown Peterbilt?
  • + 3
 Haro's making a comeback with Gwin onboard riding an old Intense fabricated frame
  • + 5
 So booring!!
  • + 2
 where are you from?
  • + 1
 antarctica
  • + 1
 Get honda back on the scene with a new gear box bike,thay can afford his salary, make him a bike with no chain some sort of internal swingarm drive rod system, it was great when thay came on the scene, dream dream
  • + 2
 Nothing better than drinking coffee and reading these comments for breakfast. You guys are way better than the article itself.
  • + 3
 Its floated this long because he can't get what he want's and no team is willing to pay.
  • + 1
 Come on Aaron, tell us more! The crowd here has been waiting long enough!!! I really hope your going to be on the new carbon Intense M16 but from what the rumors say you could be on YT?
  • + 4
 ''Hello everyone.My name is Aaron Gwin.That would be all.''
  • + 0
 The partnership with specialized finished because his head was up his arse and thought he was worth stupid amounts of money. For the people on here who think he should get paid more because he's worth it. How much is he worth? How much should he be paid? I bet he won't be getting the same money that he asked specialized for. So bring on the neg props for saying it like it is for the American golden boy.
  • + 3
 I am surprised anyone even still cares...just don't forget to train like the first year you were on Spec....
  • + 3
 Move me into who gives a shit anymore category. Drama and likes to hear himself talk.
  • + 0
 sinister28, I posted a comment that I wrote in a hurry on my phone and you correctly called me out. Don't be a jack ass, I posted that comment because people seem to love being negative when the subject is Gwin. I opened myself up to your negative post by not paying attention to my spelling and will pay more attention in the future.
  • + 1
 took him 3 seasons to tame the Demo, are you sure he will ride the same straight away, really, small memories!
  • + 2
 So basically rather than spending the winter training he has had to sort out a whole new programme because he wanted more cash then Specialised were prepared to pay him.
  • + 3
 The length people will go to to get paid what they are worth eh!!!
  • + 2
 Is he the Lebron James of DH? How about a TV special... Biggest non news of the year. You can do a better job, Pinkbike. Aaron Gwin too.
  • + 4
 Crusaders for Christ Downhill Squad
  • + 2
 He could be joining cube's new DH team for next year. They definely have the money for it, they are just improving theit pr. Their enduro team has been a massive succes.
  • + 2
 He's going to Giant. They really need the boost and are about the only bike company big enough to pay him what he wants.
  • + 0
 aaron gwin: " I m really happy to be trashed like an old pair of socket by spesh, and to be sent away by trek because I trashed them like old pair of sockets in the past..."

karma !
  • + 3
 Remember kids, it's the Indian not the arrow...
  • + 1
 Gwin telling Mikey "let's ride soon bruh ;P"
www.instagram.com/p/BAGoFyZnoH6/?taken-by=mikeysylvestri

Could be teammates next year? IDK, discuss?
  • + 3
 hes going to ride a demo still hahah you will see Wink
  • + 2
 Just saw a PIC of him riding a m16
  • + 3
 Ironhorse is coming back and signing him.
  • + 2
 Did he not watch Lebron James' "The Decision?" Everyone hates that MF'r for that bs publicity stunt.
  • + 1
 so how are you and your mechanic doing didn't aaron screw him over when leaving trek kind of curious on how that relationship stands
  • + 1
 because they are working together again
  • + 2
 nsmb.com/aaron-gwin-official

pretty sure its YT, KTM and Audi with red bull staying as his sponsor
  • + 3
 I have it on good authority that Gwin is going to Redalp!
  • + 1
 I knew it!
  • + 1
 Basically all that reads ismy media attention has gone down I am writing this to get you talking about me again. Aaron Gwin grade A douche bag.
  • + 1
 Ok so he is now with KTM-Audi on a YT. I think him calling his new deal a "program" was a mistake considering the recent bike film of that name.
  • + 1
 Breaking news!!#!! Gwin Will be riding for Fonterra in 2016!!
Or at least might as well with all the milking he's been doing...
  • + 4
 Pretty intense!
  • + 1
 Without reading all that guff, can we now just get back to the proper business which is watching some killer racing rather than brands killing our pockets.
  • + 3
 Pinkbike headline should defo be "Gwin, no news YeT"
  • + 3
 Gwin to YT!
  • + 0
 He is asking like plaese support me damn nobody wants to be sponsor for me. ?? And at the same time appearing how many people are interestes in him.
  • + 1
 Nothing really to say....just wanted to get this bad boy up to 400 comments.
  • + 2
 i heard he's signing with carrera bikes and halfords is his main sponsor
  • - 1
 You joke, but there was indeed a team with as Halfords Bike Hut (rebadged Intense bike IIRC) with the likes of Cheetham on it
  • + 1
 Federal reserve EBC SNB MTB Racing Syndicate. Could such team afford MR. g -win?
  • + 1
 Who can afford Gwin, a bunch of cheap ass mtb chumps... things are finally making sense.
  • + 2
 He riding a Troy Lee/ KTM in the 250SX East Coast series....
  • + 1
 will run through the CAMPTRAIL team... south Brazil .
www.facebook.com/camptrail

kkkkk!!
It's a joke!!!!
  • + 1
 Who could this be? Just another SoCal rider...

www.instagram.com/p/BA3i68UsNrR/?taken-by=intensecycles
  • + 2
 Build a team from "the ground up"?
=YT
  • + 1
 KTM?
  • + 1
 Or any other company that doesn't currently have a works cup DH team.
  • + 2
 its YT industries along with KTM and Audi
  • + 1
 Aaron Gwin has bought into Iron Horse, and will be revealing his new team, and the new IronHorse Sunday 2 soon.
  • + 2
 YAWN...........................................................
  • + 2
 The bike sponsor has to be Intense
  • + 2
 New personal sponsors? HOPE you have a great weekend.
  • + 2
 Gwin should announce his decision on ESPN, dubbed "The Decision II".
  • + 2
 Something smells fishy. . . .
  • + 3
 Sucks being unemployed!
  • + 2
 KTM.... He told me the other day.
  • + 2
 It's been that long I'm past caring now
  • + 1
 Just wondering if the latest CUBE ad with Fox forks on the PB home page is any indicator. Please, Lord no
  • + 3
 Y Tease us ...
  • + 3
 Till Tuesday then!
  • + 3
 What a useless update...
  • + 0
 I just hope gwin is still able to dominate the world cup like he did last year. Dudes a monster. So exciting watching him crush race runs. PS- gwin for president!
  • + 1
 Really don't care. The speculation game is boring anyway, but this has taken far too long to be interesting.
  • + 3
 Cube Global Squad!!
  • - 1
 Dorel’s recreational and leisure segment houses its three cycling divisions and a range of brands including Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, Iron Horse, Charge Bikes, Sugoi and Guru.
  • + 1
 If Aaron Gwin is going to YT, I think next week Tuesday is the day, they will release the announcement.
  • + 1
 "And I can't for the arrival of our new flavor......Mystic Mountain Blueberry". Gwin is straight Ricky Bobby
  • + 1
 You know you're a big deal when you put out a press release and it has zero news in it.
  • + 0
 KTM bikes? He been going on about how good his motocross bike is. Any secret development out of Austria on a new DH bike?
  • + 5
 I would't be surprised. A company willing to step outside the box and pay the big bucks for a top level rider to develop their equipment. They've done it with Dungey, why not with Gwin.
  • + 1
 I agree. ive been saying it too. who has more money than specialized and trek combined? KTM! who is willing to do what ever it takes for their athletes to win? KTM! they already make bicycles. they have made a DH bike before, so why not let Gwin design is own.
  • + 2
 ktm bikes and ktm motorbikes are 2 different companys, they just share the same name
  • + 1
 Duel benefit, Ride the KTM DH rig but get sponsorship from KTM motorcycles?
  • + 1
 negative they didnt do it with Dungey, they did it with DeCoster and he brought Dungey over to KTM, not KTM.. DeCoster is as responsible for developing the 450 as much as any rider, along with Dungey.
  • + 2
 Yawn.
  • + 1
 over it he has waited to long don't care any more bruni to kill it
  • + 1
 Tell us now! Don't be a beeoch!
  • + 1
 He wants to help out less fortunate companies, make em big????
  • - 1
 This is why he warrants big bucks!!! He's been the talk of the community for months. Building hype. Simple strategies to good affect.
  • + 1
 Love the man!! But cmon!!
  • - 2
 Great racer, but probably the most narcissistic athletes of all time, thinking the entire fan base is hinging on his every word. A lot of scheming for a DH rider who races a dozen times a year.
  • + 1
 This release will probably hit 400 comments, so like it or not plenty of PBers care.
  • + 1
 Still Gwin Gwin Gwin..boooooring! There will be a new superstar this year!
  • + 1
 He's starting his own team.
  • + 1
 so YT bikes just went up $2000 in price in australia.....
  • + 1
 Hi, I`m a Yellow Monkey of massive 130000000 peoples.
  • + 0
 Интрижки и расследования. стало скучно. поиграем в футбол Smile
  • + 2
 He looks like a Fek !
  • + 2
 Meh...
  • + 1
 I think he's going to shock everyone and ride a Walmart bike
  • + 1
 I have breaking news that Gwinn will sign for Wallmart Bikes for 3 years!
  • + 1
 Most anticlimactic story of all time
  • - 3
 This means the deal isn't done right? It might not be YT. Since they have no DH team, there would be no conflict with other sponsors. That at least could have been announced. However, if it is Santa Cruz, for instance, there could have been conflict with him getting on The Syndicate and still running DT Swiss wheels as an example. The local races he's talking about must be the Fontana Winter series, which there will be one tomorrow. Be cool if he rides a blacked out model so then we all know the bike.
  • + 5
 Gwinn is unlikely to be "on a team". He just picking up frame/ part/ etc sponsors to be a one man band and needs to works out the details by the sounds of it. Much more freedom, much less conflict
  • + 7
 His own words - "I'm very happy with how the whole team has come together."
  • + 7
 a team does not mean many riders, the team also consists of mechanic, manager and such, but again, im just speculating
  • + 3
 Unfortunately, he won't race locally until the team is announced.
  • + 2
 Canadian Tire...
  • - 2
 It's YT Industries, everyone Wink
Heres an article from Freeride magazin where it is all said:
www.freeride-magazine.com/news/aaron-gwin-wechselt-zu-versender-yt/a24067.html#.VpjrLxbyiRg
  • + 1
 Gwin on Starbucks for sure, it's obvious
  • + 1
 Raleigh USA, plus tioga are bringing the disc drive back
  • + 1
 Could he be creating his own team?
  • + 1
 he move to KTM Motocross Big Grin
  • + 1
 Looks like nobody wants to pay him.
  • + 1
 The worst kept secret in the industry.
  • + 1
 What an incredible politician he could be.
  • + 1
 Sunn is back, no dh bike yet but who knows...
  • + 1
 Better watch Sam Hill edit!
  • + 1
 I honestly think it's going to be Magna
  • + 1
 KTM make downhill bikes
  • + 2
 Made by somebody else, marketed by ktm
  • + 1
 Is that somebody else KTM?
  • + 1
 Asian Catalogue bikes with KTM stickers on
  • + 0
 Kona operator 27.5 re-release with aaron gwinn piloting it.
  • + 1
 He's going to YT.
  • + 1
 Who's Aaron Gwin?
  • + 1
 Redbull / KTM.
  • + 1
 #yawn
  • + 0
 "how the whole team has come together" YT and KTM confirmed
  • + 2
 Maybe it's gona be a KTM branded YT frame, like in the old M1 Intense times?
  • - 2
 Its a gay wedding .He is the groom. And he is going to use 29 inch wheels at his next race.! Sorry to let the cat out of the bag.
  • + 1
 I'm vote is on ktm!
  • + 2
 LOUUUUUDDDDD NOISES!
  • + 1
 Let's see what he want
  • + 1
 Gotta be Carrera
  • - 2
 Some Gwinner haters out there, disgusting. You wish you had half the discipline and an 8th of the talent.
  • + 9
 1/8th. I would settle for 1/20th.
  • + 4
 I don't care if he's good, he irritates me.
  • + 9
 Some advice for a happier life: don't read and comment about things that irritate you!
  • + 6
 ive met the guy, he is a bad ass, 1/8 the talent would I would be a FUNkn great riders
  • - 1
 Would love to see him on a cannondale.....
  • + 0
 Sponsored by god
  • - 2
 This long of a wait indicates he still can't get what he is looking for or the companies are not willing to pay.
  • + 0
 Meh.
  • - 2
 Gwin and the Apostles World Wide Racing
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