Full announcement from Scott-Velosolutions:
For 2018 the SCOTT-Velosolutions team continues with Brendan Fairclough, Gaetan Vigé and team owner Claudio Caluori but the SCOTT Gambler is coming out fighting with a host of new components to get the job done.
SCOTT-Velosolutions welcomes BOS Suspension, TRP Cycling, DMR Bikes and LEATT.
“After over 9 years with Shimano and Fox suspension, moving away from these partners was no easy decision and we are grateful for all their support. But when races are decided by fractions of a second, every team has to try to find their own winning formula and we believe we have done just that.” – Claudio Caluori (Team Owner)
As soon as the 2017 season was over, Brendog and Vigé were out in Switzerland and the South of France testing new products to try and find the optimum set up. With an impressive back catalogue of results and a product portfolio that has always challenged the industry, BOS suspension will be the official suspension partner of SCOTT-Velosolutions moving forwards. As the only team running the newly developed OBSYS inverted fork, BOS will be found alongside the SCOTT-Velosolutions pits providing the team with dedicated suspension tech at each round.
“Any change to a bike can take time and suspension is so important but there is something special about the new OBSYS fork and I believe it can deliver. I have worked with Olivier and BOS Suspension before and I am confident they can help me and Bren get on the podium in 2018.” – Gaetan Vigé
Over the past few years SCOTT-Velosolutions has seen the rise of companies producing individual components and believe that through a combination of partners they can build a race winning formula.
Brendan Fairclough’s partnership with DMR has been hugely successful with the Brendog Vault and more recently the Deathgrip. In 2018 The entire SCOTT-Velosolutions team will be running DMR Deathgrips, Brendog remains on his signature Vault pedals whilst Gaetan and Claudio will opt for the new V-Twin clipless pedal. The team will also be running the DMR AXE crank and Blade chain ring which has been designed to handle the biggest DH hits with the race ready weight of an enduro crank.
“DMR are like family to me and to have them join my other family, SCOTT-Velosolutions is amazing. I am so excited to have Gaetan and Claudio running the Deathgrips. Switching to new products is always a challenge but with DMR I have complete faith in their products.” – Brendan Fairclough
TRP Cycling will also join the SCOTT-Velosolutions team in a move that will see them be the second team to run the product on the UCI World Cup Circuit. Given the development and testing that TRP brakes have been put through there was no doubt in the team’s mind that TRP and the G-spec break is the product of choice.
“The opportunity to work with a collective of brands of this caliber is an incredible one for any mechanic. TRP have proven themselves as winning brakes and I am beyond confident that this partnership is going to help drive the team forwards.” Gavin Black Head Mechanic
SCOTT-Velosolutions also welcomes their new head mechanic Gavin Black who joins the the team from Radon Factory Racing. He replaces Benoit Vergnaud who worked with the team for over 7 years. Benoit’s commitment to SCOTT-Velosolutions was second to none and greatly appreciated. As the team embark on this new journey, Gavin is certain to be a valuable and talented addition in 2018.
In a final twist for 2018 the SCOTT-Velosolutions team have joined forces with LEATT as the official kit and protection partner of the team. Gaetan and Claudio will be riding in the full range of DBX gear and helmets.
2018 is a big year for the SCOTT-Velosolutions team and the team are proud to welcome their new partners. SCOTT-Velosolutions have always challenged the status quo and now have the chance to work with a collective of industry leading partners who love this sport as much as they do.
The team is excited to continue to partner with industry leading brands Schwalbe, Syncros, Deity and E-Thirteen. These companies have provided invaluable partnerships and they offer the very best product the team could hope for.
SCOTT-Sports and Velosolutions remain the driving force behind the team. SCOTT’s commitment to the team is stronger than ever and with the combined passion of Velosolutions, 2018 is set to be their strongest year to date.
“SCOTT-Sports is committed more than ever to downhill racing and we are working as close as possible with the riders across the board to ensure that 2018 is a year to remember.” Ben Walker – SCOTT-Sports