The YT Mob Joins the World Cup Circuit
Published 09 Feb 2016
23 Degrees has signed a three year deal with the bike manufacturer YT, to embark on a new World Cup team project for 2016, named “The YT Mob”.
None other than American Aaron Gwin along with Spanish Young Talent Angel Suarez have signed onto the team, along with various staff, and the whole project will be owned and operated by 23 Degrees Sports with Martin Whiteley as Team Director. This is the 4th World Cup team for the company.
The 28-year-old downhill superstar, World Number 1 Aaron Gwin, selected YT TUES as the bike for the new chapter in his career, and also asked Whiteley if he would join forces on this new project. Gwin’s team mate is 20-year-old Angel Suarez from Vigo, managed by 23 Degrees, who can look back on a very successful motocross career and who has already showcased his immense downhill racing potential with a top 20 finish at the World Cup in Lenzerheide in 2015. With the Mob, YT joins the World Cup circus for the first time in its history.
Finally, the long-awaited wish to send the TUES onto the world’s toughest tracks to prove that the downhill machine is not just a top-notch freeride beast, but also a proper racing tool is now coming true. With his distinctive racing focus and his untamed will to win, Aaron Gwin adds a new dimension to the YT family. It was particularly important for Gwin that his new bike sponsor shares the same passion and dedication for downhill as he does. With YT he has a like-minded crew on his side, one that is completely committed to the gravity aspect of mountain biking. The set-up of the bikes out of Forchheim could not be any better: The kinematic concept and the geometry of the TUES convinced the multiple World Cup winner already after the first ride. There will be no changes made to the frame itself, Gwin will ride all the World Cup races with a stock TUES frame.
Gwin is excited about his new sponsor: “The unbelievable hype that we’ve seen over the last few weeks and the feedback of the fans were incredible, but I am really happy to finally announce the news. We are a great match because the guys at YT share the same passion for mountain biking as I do. I am sure we will have a great time together. The TUES is perfect and I am really happy to officially ride it from now on.”
Suarez says: "For me this is a dream come true and a great opportunity to learn so much. I'm happy to be part of The YT Mob and ride with Aaron. What a cool guy and the fastest man on the planet!"
In addition to YT as title sponsor, the YT Mob will have the following co-sponsors: e*thirteen, Onza Tires, TRP, Renthal, SDG, Motorex, ODI, Cane Creek and Alpinestars.
Team website: www.yt-mob.com