Specialized Gravity Republic end partnership with RockShox and SRAM

Yellow springs spied on social media

Update: The Specialized Gravity Republic has today said its farewell to RockShox and Sram

Pure Agency, the management company behind the team, said in a social media post: “We really want to thank SRAM and RockShox for their perfect support during these last years. More than a brand, we met great people, and some of them became friends. Al Tino ,you’re the man. Guys under the SRAM pit, you offered us some great support !

This is the end of a great story, but stay tuned on the 10th of January 2017 for the big news.”

The team also said goodbye to 661 and One Industries in the post. It seems it’s all change for the Spesh boys next year.

It's almost unusual for Bruni not to qualify first nowadays. He starts fourth.

So, what’s next for the team? Well, we’ve been saying that the Ohlins TTX is the best damper on the market all year and it looks like it may finally be getting its debut on a major World Cup team.

Loic Bruni has posted a picture of his first day back testing on the Specialized Demo and surprise, surprise, it’s fitted with some Swedish gold. He said: “Good first DH day of 2017 with the best bike and the locals.”

Good first DH day of 2017 with the best bike and the locals @ponsmelvin @kheyrault… #pace #nofilter #home #demo @iamspecialized_mtb

A photo posted by Loic Bruni (@loicbruni29) on

He interestingly doesn’t tag Ohlins in the post but it’s more than likely they won’t actually be a sponsor. Even in Moto GP, where the brand is legendary, brands are forced to buy in their dampers.

While the shock is clearly Ohlins, we’re a bit more mystified as to what the fork would be. Last year the Specialized Gravity Republic ran Rockshox, but would SRAM be happy with the team running a Boxxer but not a Vivid? We doubt it.

It could be an Ohlins original fork but the last we saw of that was an inverted dual crown prototype. This looks to be a totally different beast. We’ll update on January tenth when the big team news drops but we reckon the Fox/RockShox domination of the circuit could finally be shaken up a little.

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