Shimano Partner with Radon XC and DH Teams for 2017

Feb 17, 2017 at 5:35
by Pinkbike Staff  
Shimano is proud to announce the addition of Radon Factory Downhill (DH) and Cross-country (XC) team riders to the roster of elite level athletes using its XTR Di2 and Saint mountain bike components.

Radon XC team is managed by triple world champion Ralph Näf, and has an impressive lineup of riders with former double world champion Matthias Flückiger, 2013 XC junior world champion Alessandra Keller and 2014 XC Eliminator world champion Kathrin Stirnemann, who will all ride with full Shimano XTR Di2 components, wheels, pedals, PRO Tharsis cockpit and seatpost.

Shimano Partner with Radon XC and DH Teams

Meanwhile, the Radon DH team, featuring 2014 women’s world champion and World Cup winner Manon Carpenter, will race with full Shimano Saint drive train and brakes aboard their Radon Swoop200 DH bikes. Carpenter joins Johannes Fischbach (five-time German four-cross champion, three-time German DH champion and current City DH World Tour champion), Raphaela Richter (U21 Enduro World Series champion), and French DH talent Faustin Figaret, along with team manager and former four-cross world champion, Joost Wichman.

Radon Factory DH Team 2017

Radon team manager Joost Wichman: “We are super excited to step up our relationship with Shimano. We know from using their components on our bikes just how much easier it makes life for our mechanics and how much confidence it gives to the riders.”

Shimano Partner with Radon XC and DH Teams

Shimano sports marketing manager Rudy Bouwmeester: “Through the promising results Radon’s XC and DH riders achieved last year we’re very proud to be able to develop our relationship and support both teams with our XTR Di2 and Saint and components and the XC team with the PRO Tharsis XC finishing kit. We look forward to working with all Radon athletes and backroom staff to continue developing world-class components.”


Radon Factory teams kick off their Downhill World Cup season on April 29-30 in Lourdes, France, and their XC World Cup season on May 20-21 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

MENTIONS: @RADON-BIKES / @RadonFactoryRacing / @shimano


  • + 13
 Is X0 a new shimano groupo?!
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flag endlessblockades (Feb 17, 2017 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 The DH team is joost manon up and faustin' the richter on that fischbach.
  • + 4
 Never been too interested in internal cable routing, but the cable on that XC bike enters it under a pretty steep angle. All that black makes it hard to distinguish (some of that Shimano stuff even resembles Magura, Crankbrothers and SRAM gear) but it almost looks like the cable goes straight from the frame into the fork. Or is this the electronically controlled Fox suspension RC had been testing a while ago?
  • + 2
 Could be a battery placed inside the forks steer tube.
  • + 8
 it is routed for barspins
  • + 3
 bwhahaha.... the XC team photos. Ralf is angry, Kathryn is skeptical, Alessandra is in disbelief and Mathias is scared shitless!
  • + 5
Is it just me or the team bike pic already changed?
  • + 1
 There is also a new post for a marketing position.
  • + 1
 Yes they updated the picture. But it doesn't have anything to do with Shimano marketing. As you can see at the top of the article, this is no "press release" by "Shimano". This is "journalism" by "Pinkbike Staff".
  • + 5
 Shimano must be happy with the exposure haha
  • + 3
 7 speeds is the new Shimasram?
  • + 2
 makes sense seeing as manon had XTR on her new radon trail bike.
  • + 2
 So magura is the new shimano brake !!! ''press release''
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