Branded Saint, in honor of those groundbreaking individuals who ignored the confinement of the status quo and found their own paths. The third generation of Saint - the M820 group - was developed under the "Pure Gravity" design philosophy with a clear focus on downhill speed.
New Saint is dedicated to the gravity riders that push the limits and require the best components available. These select few athletes have been chosen not only for their ability to ride a bicycle, but also for their passion to push the limits of what is possible on a bicycle.
Created in 2012, Team Norco International is a satellite World Cup gravity racing program based in Seattle, WA. The direction of the team is geared towards a full World Cup Downhill series as well as major North American events. Members of the team include Australian Bryn Atkinson and American champion Jill Kintner.
Rocky Mountain athletes compete in more events in more countries than any other team in the world. Whether you are into cross-country, downhill, or freeride, you will recognize the names on this team. The freeride team is anchored by veteran riders Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, Geoff Gulevich. The factory race team is led by Olympic silver medalist Marie Hélèn Prémont, Canadian cyclocross champion Chris Sheppard and former Canadian XC champion and former Olympian Andreas Hestler.
The Santa Cruz Syndicate has evolved over time into one of the most consistent and powerful squads in the downhill arena. The Syndicate features athletes Steve Peat (1 World Championship, 3 World Cup overall titles, 17 World Cup career victories), Greg Minnaar (1 World Championship, 3 World Cup titles, 16 World Cup career victories), and Josh Bryceland (1 Junior World Championship). In addition to winning the World Cup team trophy twice in the past 4 years, and the Santa Cruz V10 has now garnered 81 total World Cup podiums.
Trek World Racing, created in the latter part of 2008 started racing in March 2009. Since then the team has won 2 World Titles, 2 World Championship Silver Medals, 1 World Cup Overall Title, 2 World Cup Races, and had more than 20 World Cup podiums, plus many other race wins. Trek World Racing has one rig based in Europe, and the other in the USA, and this gives the team a professional base from which to race in nearly all events the team attends. This world class team requires the best components available and this is why the team chooses Shimano.
Yeti Cycles was one of the first professional mountain bike race teams in the world and has been home of some the best racers in the history of the sport and has included names like John Tomac, Julie Furtado, Jimmy Deaton, Missy Giove, Myles Rockwell, Kirt Vories, Marla Streb, Tara Llanes, Nathan Rennie, Paul Rowney, Trent Lowe and Jared Graves. Yeti’s legacy in the sport borders on legendary and continuing that tradition is paramount to the teams long term success. Those who partner with Yeti Cycles, share in this legacy and are tied into one of the most successful racing programs in the history of the sport.
Andrew Shandro, from North Vancouver, began his career as a downhill racer. Eventually he decided to make a career of mountain biking and began starring in movies and pushing the limits of mountain biking. Shandro is one of the pioneers of freeride mountain biking and remains one of the most respected. Shandro runs summer mountain bike camps in Whistler, British Columbia every summer where campers receive coaching from world class riders.
Cam McCaul is a Freeride athlete who competes on the FMB World Tour and spends the off-season filming DVD segments with Anthill Films and Freeride Entertainment. He has been riding slopestyle contests since 2003 and in that time has won many events such as, Crankworx Colorado, Bearclaw Invitational, Red Bull District Ride, 26Trix, Claymore Challenge, etc. Having been a Shimano athlete for the whole duration of his career, McCaul is looking forward to another successful season aboard his Saint equipped Trek bikes.
Darren Berrecloth known by his many fans as "Bearclaw" continues to push the limits of freeriding. He has the reputation of a fearless rider who can throw down on the slopestyle course or any big mountain. Darren is continuously shooting movies, television commercials and action shots for a large variety of world renown photographers. When not travelling or riding his bike, Bearclaw loves to fish and ride his snowmobile.
Darcy Turenne is a professional mountain biker and filmmaker from Vancouver Island, Canada. Known internationally for her athletics, Darcy started working in television as a presenter for the globally syndicated travel/adventure show “Ride Guide” and has been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal.
Hans Rey, is a former Trials Biking National and World Champion, he is considered the pioneer of Extreme Mountain Biking and Freeriding. Hans has made a name far beyond the mountain bike scene; through his adventure team expeditions, spectacular trials shows and his countless films. His skills and personality are constantly opening doors to media coverage all over the world; "No Way" Rey has been demonstrating his talents in over 60 countries and has been featured on the cover of over 300 magazines.
Mike Hopkins rides the big mountains in summer and winter. Mike is from the small British Columbia town of Rossland where he grew up skiing and mountain biking. Known as a super smooth rider who loves big air, you can check out Mike doing his thing in the movie "Lifecycles".
Recognized as a super fast big mountain rider, Matt Hunter is famous for his roles in Anthill Films "Follow Me" and "Seasons". This Kamloops, British Columbia born rider enjoys launching his bike off of some of the biggest jumps captured on film. When not riding his bike Matt enjoys fishing and hunting in B.C.
Tyler McCaul is a 22 year old Aptos, CA native who rides for Shimano, GT, Fox, Smith, Maxxis, X Fusion, Deity, Osiris, and Gamut. He frequents events on the FMB world tour as well as the occasional Downhill and Dual Slalom races. He's also spending a lot of time this year filming for Freeride Entertainments newest project, "Where the Trail Ends."
2010 World DH Champion Tracy Moseley is undoubtedly one of the fastest women to ever ride a bicycle. Known as a smooth technical rider, she is a threat to win any race she enters. Affectionately known as "T Mo" around the World Cup circuit, Tracy has a wonderful personality and smile to match! After winning the World Cup overall DH title in 2011, you can catch Tracy competing in select DH and Enduro races are the world.
For over 10 years Thomas Vanderham has been a mainstay in the sport of freeride mountain biking. Today Thomas remains prolific in the industry’s biggest and best media outlets. Although he attempts to talk mostly through his riding, Thomas is very active in the mountain bike community. He has coached bike camps and clinics all over the world, written columns for mountain bike magazines and remains influential in the direction of freeride mountain biking. Away from the bike Thomas has enjoyed working closely with a long list of sponsors on research and development and marketing projects. His knowledge in these areas has grown over the years and he now boasts numerous signature products.