Brett Rheeder & Trek Part Ways After 9 Years

Jan 18, 2022 at 14:43
by Sarah Moore  
Photo by Peter Jamison
Brett Rheeder after winning Red Bull Rampage on his Trek Session in 2018. Photo by Peter Jamison

After a partnership that lasted nine years, Brett Rheeder is parting ways with Trek Bicycles, announcing today that he has signed a two-year contract with another bike brand.

Brett Rheeder has been a member of the Trek C3 Project since 2012, and during that time he won Red Bull Rampage, the X-Games, became a seven-time Crankworx champion, and the only four-time FMB Slopestyle World Tour champion. He also starred in several feature films, including "NotBad," "UnReal," "Not2Bad" and "Return to Earth."

bigquotesThis was the toughest decision I’ve made in my career. It’s bittersweet, as I’m moving on from Trek and signing with a different bike company for the next two years. I'll never be able to put into words how amazing the past nine years of my partnership with Trek has been. I want to thank Trek for the role they've played and everything they have done to support me in my career. Together we accomplished a lot and achieved many successes.Brett Rheeder

Brett came to Trek as a flatlander from Ontario and Andrew Shandro worked with him and saw his progression firsthand during his nine years with Trek.

bigquotesI’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Brett for the past nine years. It’s unbelievable to see what he has accomplished competing on the FMB Tour, winning numerous events and overalls. The battles that he had on the slope course drew us all in as fans of the sport.

As impressive as the slope comps wins were, I think his biggest achievement as an athlete was winning Red Bull Rampage. Knowing where Brett grew up with no real mountains to speak of, learning and progressing his riding in an indoor park is hard to imagine. We are going to miss Brett, but we wish him the best with his new bike partner.
Andrew Shandro

We look forward to seeing where Rheeder lands next and will update you as soon as we have the news.

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 I can't wait to Rheed which brand he signed on with.
  • 56 28
 Hard to imagine what could be bretter than Trek
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flag joshslewis1 (Jan 20, 2022 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
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 @joshslewis1: Why are you yelling?
  • 20 1
 He's going to go with we are one or build his own bike.
  • 4 0
 @joshslewis1: this you?
  • 11 1
 @recklesszephyr: I brett we find out soon.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: weareone doenst make a dh or fr bike, yet at least.
  • 4 1
 @mior: They are prototyping one right now. I've seen it around, and at a few races.
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flag joshslewis1 (Jan 21, 2022 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 @Chewbiker2: Tryna see how many downvotes I could get lol
  • 1 0
 @mior: Tippie podcast said they were in development, they want to provide young local riders with a bike to race with
  • 1 0
 @VPS13: sounds like me. im on a 2015 db8 and it shreds but idk how good it is for racing. does that mean its gonna be cheap?
  • 76 0
 So close, he almost got ten-year Razz

* I've often misunderstood what tenure means.
  • 75 0
 I like to mix up his name and call him Rhat Breeder. that is all.
  • 5 1
 Good content! Will remember that.

While I'm here, did you know that in Latin, Sinister means Left and Dexter means Right? Explains a lot, Latin does. Glad they still taught it when I went to high school in the Middle Ages.

Stay Sinister - Left Hand Path
  • 57 3
 What a long strange Trek it's been.
  • 47 3
 My Mount Rushmore of Slopestyle: Semenuk, Rheeder, Rogatkin, Emil

Crazy that Trek had three of them at the same time
  • 15 1
 Can’t forget Cam McCaul!
  • 8 1
 No claw? He and Paul bas basically invented it
  • 2 2
 This would be funnier if the riders were all stolen from their native sponsors.
  • 46 2
 Looks like (he won't be riding) a Session.
  • 19 0
 Hopefully we are one copies it and calls it the szechuan.
  • 5 0
 @makripper: Thanks buddy, that just sent water out my nose.
  • 33 2
 Anyone else hoping for Title bicycles?
First company to prioritize jump bikes over racing !
  • 10 0
 All in for a Title frame
  • 20 0
 Would not be surprised if YT had to spend their World Cup money in a new way Wink
  • 19 0
 I just assumed that they were just releasing another celebrity promo.
  • 1 0
 Highly doubt it.
  • 8 0
 @nolimit I had a similar thought when I saw this. Probably need deep pockets to sign someone like Rheeder.
  • 12 7
 YT is garb, I don't think Brett would waste his time with a brand like that
  • 22 1
 Its been a good Session.
  • 1 0
 You bretter believe it
  • 17 2
 Interesting ... trek is the only brand with a proven high quality slopestyle bike (besides canyon maybe) it's gonna be very intersting who he signs for
  • 6 0
 That is a good point, but in the past years hes seemed to avoid going back to slopestyle. Which has been interesting, it almost seems like he lost motivation.
  • 39 0
 @CamLamson: He did a podcast recently(ish) where he said he'd lost motivation for flippy-spinny stuff - and was more motivated by racing DH now.
So he'll probably turn up on a Commencal team next week?
  • 8 0
 @chakaping: Commencal or some other tiny brand with new concepts. He was running that weird looking fork and shock last year, I wouldn't put anything past him.
  • 6 0
 @CamLamson: He was on intend suspension last year. Actually, that rear shock is impressive.
  • 2 1
 With the combination of better "jumpability" in trail/enduro bikes and trends in hyper-groomed slopestyle courses this already very small market has shrunk though, from what I can see. There's just not that many people hitting paved 50+ foot gaps and throwing tailwhips.
  • 16 0
 Must be one hell of a fucking pay check.
  • 18 3
 Brett is taking a Trek to a new sponsor
  • 13 0
 Fuck I see more people leaving brands than signing with them
  • 10 0
 title branded we are one frame incoming
  • 8 0
 YT spending money else where now..... slope guys on bike bikes ? Fedko yesterday Brett tomorrow?
  • 1 0
 That’s where I think he will end up.
  • 5 0
 Wow. I don't know if I should congratulate him for the bold/courageous move or ask his friends to go over for a welfare check. I never thought I would see him not on a trek.
  • 8 1
 They paying Jackson goldstone too much, oh wait?
  • 3 0
 you don t need to go out of the shadow when you re shining by yourself was just an awesome team with some outstanding riders and personalities on it mc caul, semenuk, r-dog, emil .... will always love the not bad series from the c3 team
  • 6 0
 That's one I didn't see coming...
  • 5 1
 If i was a Bretting man, i'd Rheed between the lines and guess his new ride will be a.........................
  • 4 0
 Maybe building frames with title in the future?
  • 4 0
 Maybe he will join Bas & Tom and ride a Hyper.
  • 2 1
 Rocky Mountain? Carson just left and the maiden has been a proven bike at rampage. They have a history at rampage been there since the start and have been in slopestyle for a long time as well.
  • 6 0
 I suspect their stash of Maiden frames is getting pretty low - not sure how stoked he would be on a second hand frame, even with a new paint job.

Could be Rocky, but I don’t see the maiden being a selling feature.
  • 2 0
 @tkrug: maybe there is something new in the works, also if you look at the history there was the prototype of the maiden back in 2014 when Gully was on rocky. They also built the new slayer as a prototype just called it the pipedream and they built Carson a custom slopestyle bike.
  • 1 0
 @frampo: the Pipedream was a special one-off gratitude build for Wade Simmons meant to replicate his original Rocky Pipedream from early 2000’s with updated geo and parts. Never meant to be a Slayer proto or replacement.
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 @mtnbykr05: they have literally said it was basically a mule for the current slayer…
  • 3 0
 Revel bikes will pick him up. He’s going full trail rider just to enjoy riding bikes again…..
  • 3 0
 Maybe title is making a frame?
  • 1 0
 With we are one?
  • 3 0
 a lot of changes going on right now
  • 1 0
 Could any other brand afford him? Maybe spesh? Or a home made brand that could be working with him to develop parts for the title brand, maybe we are one...
  • 3 0
 Don't you say it! Don't you dare..... Well that Session is over.....
  • 3 0
 Rocky needs a new free rider….
  • 3 0
 Perhaps Norco? Didn't he ride a Norco before signing for TREK?
  • 2 0
 Hopefully he doesn’t fall of the rails on his next adventure.
  • 2 0
 Hyper to meet up with his boys?
  • 2 0
 He hiked out of there, it was a long trek
  • 2 0
 Title rig coming soon? Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Looks like end of a session
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 This was what I was thinking too
  • 1 1
 Rheed joins Reed on Yeti. 2 podiums for Rampage in 2022. Why not. But more likely he'll join Kona since they have some $$ now that Fearon is gone.
  • 1 0
 What ????? Eek Never saw this coming. Thought he was a lifer like Brandon
  • 1 0
 He's heading on down the Rail.
  • 2 0
 Atheron bikes! jk
  • 1 0
 Maybe a title/hyper thing going on? Would be cool to see that!
  • 1 0
 Devinci. It just makes sense now.
  • 1 0
 the sun has now parted ways with the moon
  • 1 0
 Hard to believe.
  • 1 4
 Either Pivot or Giant is my bet
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