Öhlins share details of continued support and partnership for DH and Gravity scene
World Cup Champions, Junior Champions and brand new teams all using Öhlins for the 2023 season
2023 brings further developments in Öhlins’ ongoing commitment to MTB racing and the gravity scene, as they announce the continued support of their DH athletes and teams.
Öhlins teams and riders had an exceptional 2022, with five-time Elite world champion Loic Bruni storming to victory at the elite men’s race of UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Les Gets, France.
This was followed by Canada’s leading MTB downhill star and Junior World Cup winner, Finn Iles topping the podium in Canada’s home track at Mont-Sainte-Anne, to claim his first elite World Cup victory. He also landed his third World Cup podium of the year with a sensational run on a brand-new track in Vallnord, Andorra.
For another season Öhlins will be supporting and supplying Specialized Gravity with their top of the range suspension systems which will be put to the test by Loic Bruni, Finn Iles, and a new rider for 2023 – British Junior Worlds Champion Jordan Williams.
Once again Öhlins will be supporting the development of the next generation of passionate riders via the Specialized GEN-S multi-discipline talent development program which supports up and coming young talent. The team will include 5 new riders in 2023:
– Izabela Yankova
– Chris Grice
– Juliano Lavergne
– Rosa-Marie Jensen
– Harry Schofield
SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES – UNION
Providing a stepping stone for young riders to move onto bigger teams, UNION is a key part of Öhlins team support and enables them to make the all important leap to the next level. Joining the team for 2023 will be:
– Antoine Pierron
– Christian Hauser (1st year junior)
– Frida Rönning
– Ollie Davis (1st year elite)
– Lachie Stevens-McNab (1st year Elite)
The below teams provide invaluable feedback to Öhlins’ development team throughout the upcoming season, helping the brand further cement its position as the leading manufacturer in forward-thinking MTB suspension design:
A partnership in collaboration between Öhlins HQ and Andreani MHS in Spain supporting:
– Austin Dooley
– Pau Menoyo
A collaboration between Öhlins HQ and EXTRA Products in Greece supporting:
– Phil Atwill
– George Panagopoulos
– Soc Zotos
– Marco Lamaris
Terje Hansen, Race Team Manager, Öhlins Racing AB, said: “We’re a racing brand at heart so team partnerships are at the core of what we do. Specialized Gravity, and other supported teams will give us invaluable feedback this season that will shape our product development. We’re also really proud to have a long list of ambassadors this year. At Öhlins, we have a strong heritage in motorsport of course, but there’s nothing quite like the MTB community.”
Performance matters, but DH isn’t just about racing. Öhlins is also proud to be joined by a host of big name brand ambassadors and legends of the MTB community, including Nico Vink, Kilian Bron, Melaine Chappaz, plus others through distributors including Matt Jones and Rob Warner who’ve opted for Öhlins again this year.