With new frame sponsor Specialized under their belt, Team Monster Energy’s Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough announce they are staying with component maker SRAM for the next three years.
Multiple world champion Hill has been part of SRAM’s Blackbox development team for five years and was a major tester in the development of the much anticipated RockShox Boxxer fork. Both Hill and Fairclough will be riding TruVativ cranks for the first time this season, in addition to Rockshox rear suspension and Avid brakes.
“I’m really excited to be back on SRAM, RockShox and Avid for the next three years,” Hill said. “It’s important for me to have confidence in the products I use. I’ve won World Championships with these components on my bike in the past and feel that they are the best.”
SRAM’s BlackBox Racing program manager, Jon Cancellier works hand-in-hand with the athletes.
“Working with Sam is extremely valuable,” he said. “Sam knows what he needs to win, and I enjoy delivering what he needs to be fast, and is able to provide thorough feedback that our product teams can apply. He can articulate details that in the end, improve the performance of products the consumers can ride.”
Fairclough has won the British National Championship top spot five times, in addition to his Junior World Cup DH Champion title.
“I’m really happy to be back on SRAM again,” he said. “They’ve been good to me from a young age and its great to have people around you that you can trust. I feel good knowing I have the best product on my bike. It’s been good working with RockShox this year, helping me out with all the fine little things that we change throughout the year and getting everything 100 percent sorted. I’m looking forward to 2009, and to get dialed in as well!”
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