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Bicycle component maker Shimano and downhill (DH) mountain biking team MS Mondraker, home to downhill World Champion Danny Hart, today announce their partnership for the next two years.

MS Mondraker will ride with Shimano Saint drivetrain components at the highest level of mountain biking in the next two seasons. The team not only features current and two-time World Champion Danny Hart but also Downhill sensation Laurie Greenland, who comes back to the component brand he used to win 2015’s World Junior title. Hart and Greenland are prolific mountain bikers who, at the ages of 25 and 19, already have three Elite World Championship titles between them. Moreover, as the World’s best Downhill mountain bikers they gives Shimano engineers the best case study for product development. Hart and Greenland are joined by one other riders familiar with the top step of the podium, former European champion Markus Pekoll. 

When we first dreamt of creating a downhill team we set our sights at the highest level: to have world champions pushing the development of the sport. Together now with Shimano we are able to further realise that dream

Hart, Greenland and Pekoll will find Shimano Saint components adorning their full carbon downhill Mondraker Summum 27.5 Stealth frames. As well as World Cup level braking featuring Shimano’s Ice Technology heat management rotors and caliper set up, Saint also features a Duraluminium single chain ring crankset available in three sizes (34T, 36T or 38T) and a Saint Shadow+ 10-speed rear derailleur featuring a chain stabilizing clutch mechanism. 

We are thrilled to partner up with one of the strongest downhill teams, MS Mondraker and is committed to supporting the team’s ambitions on the World Cup circuit. We look forward to working with all MS Mondraker athletes and mechanics to continue developing world-class components

MS Mondraker kick off their Downhill World Cup season on April 29-30 in Lourdes, France, although team riders will compete in domestic warm-up events including the British Downhill Series in the build-up. 

Markus 'Max' Stöckl, where do I know that name from?

Well, the MS-Racing Mondraker MTB Team with respectively two World Champions and a European Champion is guided by the current MTB Downhill speed record holder Markus Stöckl. For his new V-Max project, the 42-year-old went to Chile’s Atacama Desert to beat his own speed world record of 164.95kph for cycling down a gravel-based mountain on a production mountain bike. Check out his run below where he clocked up a speed of 167.6kph thus beating his previous record. It took Max 11 seconds and 650m to reach his top speed.

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