Tech News Flash September 5, 2008
Edited by Sue George
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More team sponsorship news for the 2009 season
Garmin/Chipotle-H3O extends with Felt
By James Huang
Felt Bicycles has extended its
Photo ©: Felt Bicycles
Felt Bicycles has announced that it has signed a three-year extension
to supply the Garmin/Chipotle-H3O team through 2011. Frame models will
include Felt's current F1, Z1, AR and DA carbon frames plus whatever else
the company develops in the coming seasons.
The prospect of a top team staying on with a long-time bicycle supplier
normally doesn't qualify as breaking news but in the current '"musical
chairs" atmosphere that has become the world of professional cycling,
such stability has become the exception rather than the rule. As compared
with when Felt first signed on with the team, Jonathan Vaughters' squad
has developed a markedly higher profile, managed to sustain its squeaky-clean
image, and netted enormous success on the road which has included a team
time trial victory at this year's Giro d'Italia and a fifth-place finish
at the Tour de France by team leader Christian Vande Velde.
As such, speculation-fueled rumors that Vaughters would seek a hefty
premium this time around that Felt might not be able to afford, but the
two parties have obviously worked out an agreement that was amenable to
"The relationship we have with Felt is tremendous," said Vaughters
in a press release. "Not only do they know their business better
than any other, they work tirelessly with our riders and staff to push
the edge of what's technologically possible. We are fortunate to work
with such a progressive and passionate bicycle company."
"In one short year the team went from vision to reality and for
us, we could not be happier," added Felt US president Bill Duehring.
"JV [Jonathan Vaughters - ed.] has done a brilliant job of putting
all the pieces together. Between the team's core message and its bona
fide results, it is clear that Team Garmin-Chipotle presented by H3O is
the new face of cycling. Felt is proud of this association."
In conjunction with this renewed agreement, Felt will expand its range
of 'Team Issue" bikes that are available to consumers. Felt will
offer three team replica models for 2009: the AR Team Issue, Z35 Team
and F95 Team.
Additional equipment sponsors will include Shimano, Zipp, Oval Concepts,
fi'zi:k and Vittoria.
Silence-Lotto on Canyon for 2009
By Jeff Jones, BikeRadar.com
Silence-Lotto will switch from
Ridley to Canyon for 2009.
Photo ©: Canyon Bicycles
The Belgian Silence-Lotto team have announced that Canyon will replace
Ridley as their bike sponsor for 2009.
Canyon is an internet-based German brand with a reputation for stiff
carbon frames and attractively priced complete bike builds. The team,
which includes Tour de France runner up Cadel Evans and new signing, Classics'
star Philippe Gilbert, will be riding the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX road
and Speedmax CF time trial frames. As compared to Canyon's current Ultimate
CF flagship, the new SLX version reportedly shaves 100g on the frame alone
and is also fitted with a lighter SLX-version carbon fork that tapers
from 1 1/4" at the stem to a 1 1/2" at the crown.
Silence-Lotto is once again aiming at trying to win the Tour de France
next year. "To accomplish this mission we were looking for the bike
supplier with the best total package," said team manager Geert Coeman.
"We had several technical demands for our future bike supplier. With
the Ultimate in the super light SLX version and the new time trial machine
Speedmax CF, we have found bikes fulfilling our needs."
For 2008, Silence-Lotto has been riding Ridley bicycles; however, the
new Russian Katusha team recently announced its association with Ridley