The deal means Wisconsin-based Trek have assembled quite a team this year, with Wildhaber lining up alongside downhillers Tracey Moseley (GBr), Justin Leov (NZl), and Andrew Neethling (RSA), and cross-country riders Liam Killeen (GBr), Lukas and Matthias Flueckiger (Swi).
Wildhaber, who has spent the past few years riding for Scott, said “My collaboration with Trek signifies an extremely exciting challenge. I am convinced by the high quality of the Trek bikes. Downhill marathons – my primary discipline – have become increasingly popular. Thus, I am particularly excited about letting my technical experience be known when it comes to the further development of bikes such as the Trek Remedy and the Trek Session 88."
The 32-year-old from Flumserberg/Heidiland said his goals for 2009 were to take part in an "elaborate photo trip to Asia" and defend his Megavalanche title in Alpe d’Huez. He will also appear in the latest mountain bike movie from the creators of the Kranked series.
Wildhaber has already won this year's Urge Kenya race, beating French former downhill world champions Nicolas Vouilloz and Fabien Barel, who took second and third place respectively. He is a nine-time Swiss masters champion.