The freeride carousel

The latest off-season rider and sponsor news from the world of Slopestyle.
Peter Henke poses for a portrait in his bicycle repair room in Ingelheim on January 8th 2014
Peter Henke Portrait © Christoph Laue/Red Bull Content Pool
By Rajiv Desai

January usually sees a glut of new bike, product sponsorship and team announcements. There’s been quite a bit of movement already as riders jockey for yet another action-packed year on the FMB World Tour.

01 Peter Henke signs up with Canyon, Red Bull

After a successful 2013, where he broke through into the freeride elite, the New Year couldn’t have started any better for Peter Henke. The young German has been picked up by German bike firm Canyon to ride their new “Stiched” frame, while you’ll also be seeing Peter sport a Red Bull helmet or cap out on the FMB World Tour as he joins our stable of sponsored freeriders. German tyre manufacturer Continental is also partnering with Peter this year.

02 YT Industries adds two

Andreu Lacondeguy was feeling a bit lonely riding his YT Industries signature frame last year so the guys at YT have got him some team mates. Yannick Granieri and Cam Zink will be adding their considerable talents to the German outfit. As Cam Zink says, “Who wouldn’t want to ride the sickest bikes in the world and the only mountain bike brand that is run by a bunch of crazy misfits.”

03 New kid on the block

With an eye to the future, Trek has added 17-year-old Canadian Tom van Steenbergen to their roster of Trek’s C3 Project riders. Tom has been competing on the FMB world tour this past year and won two Best Trick contests including the prestigious event at Crankworx Whistler. We reckon the Canadian ripper will be snapping at the heels of fellow C3 riders Cam McCaul, Brett Rheeder, and Brandon Semenuk in no time.

© Trek

04 The Pilgrim way

Sam Pilgrim will be hungry for more success in 2014 after taking the FMB World Tour title last year. He’s still with NS Bikes and has recently been seen putting the new Soda 1 frame through its paces. Sam has also recently resigned with Italian forks and suspension firm Marzocchi for another two years.

05 United Ride go Slopestyle

France’s United Ride (UR) maybe better known for running a professional downhill team but they’ve made the jump into Slopestyle this year by signing up Britain’s Sam Reynolds. UR’s downhill team, Hutchinson UR, uses Polygon frames, which also happens to Sam’s bike sponsor, so there’s some logic to the move. Sam will ride under the Polygon UR moniker for 2014 and is joined there by Frenchman Istvan Caillet who replaces YT Industries-bound Yannick Granieri.

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