Rob Warner on Commencal Bikes

'Look at the bike!'

This may not appear to be big news for those of you that are relatively new to the sport, but for any of you that have been around since the early days this comes as a bit of a shock (kind of)!

World Cup commentator and ex-racer Rob Warner has ridden for Giant bikes for EVER. Well the news today is that he is now a ‘Brand Ambassador’ for Commencal Bikes. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that he was riding a Commencal in the Val di Sole World Champs course preview… well now it is all confirmed, here’s what Commencal have to say:

“Many know Rob Warner from downhill mountain biking but over (many) years he has grown with the sport and seen how it has evolved. These days, if you have a passion for mountain biking it’s impossible not to enjoy this old-school sense of discovery and exploration with the new-school trail bikes and facilities which are so readily available. It’s all about fun and who better to represent that in the world of MTB? As we present our new Trail edition to the META family, we welcome our new brand ambassador Rob Warner to the COMMENCAL family!”

Warner is definitely a character and celebrity in our sport, so this can be seen as a very wise and shrewd move by the Andorran company… and if this vid is anything to go by we should be seeing some fireworks and fun this year! Here’s what Rob has to say:

“You know I’ve known Max (Commencal) a long, long time, I met him first at Metabief Worlds in 1993. I always liked him, he’s a laugh. So I got talking to him this year at a race about UK trail centres and how much I love them (they’re fairly new to me). BikePark Wales actually is the one that blew my mind on an Enduro bike and this idea started to take shape. It was going to be a ‘guest star’ type of thing but I loved the bike, like really, no BS. It’s only a 130/140 in the vid but it worked so well, so progressive and we went on from there… I tested the DH bike too and loved it.”

“I think the big thing riding for Commencal now is that they want to do stuff with me, team camps, shoots, vids etc. And I have a lot of experience developing bikes from all the stuff I did with Giant. So I’m really excited for that, it’ll keep me riding and involved, and with what my real job is I need that, plus I want it, I miss riding. I’m really looking forward to working with the French. The brand is sick, bikes are rude, Max is a self confessed alcoholic so yeah, it’s perfect. Gonna be a good thing.”


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