It's something we've secretly been working away on over the past year. A project so big it has been difficult to keep a secret, and news so exciting we can't sit on it for any longer.
For 2021 The Brigade Team will be racing the Downhill World Cup season on a completely new chassis designed, developed and manufactured in Andorra by Production Privée at the Forestal Technology Centre. Yes, you read that correctly, those purveyors of sexy steel bikes at Production Privée have turned their attention to the downhill World Cup with a completely new bike featuring revolutionary new suspension and cutting edge, in-house, manufacturing.
Alex Marin of The Brigade has been secretly testing the new bike during the off-season and judging by his on-track speed and off-track smiles, we're confident we're on to something really good;
"First time I saw the bike I knew they did a fantastic job with it. The bike itself looks as good as how it works on track. First impression when I rode it, was like home for me. They worked so hard on the geometry to make it super easy to adapt to it and get up to speed pretty quick. My first big thought, was how sensitive it was, the first bit of the travel is amazing, you can go through those rockgardens and braking bumbs and the bike will always stay on the line. I’m so happy to see that we’ll have such a great machine to race at the highest level, and hopefuly, with the help of the team and the brand, make it grow to the very top!"
- Alex Marin
The partnership between The Brigade Team and Production Privée began in 2020 when Production Privée supported the team for its first season with cockpit components. Over the year the relationship blossomed and through a shared love of bikes, racing and fast cars the Production Privée DH bike was born:
"This project is part of deeper R&D project that we are carrying on manufacturing technologies and this is just the first milestone. Next steps are going to lead us on major chassis manufacturing innovations and products that hopefully will be presented during the present year and 2022. The steel lovers shouldn’t be afraid! We have good stuff coming, and on that racer could enjoy too!”
- Damien Nosella, Chief Engineer and Innovation at Forestal Group
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Brakes / Rotors
Formula Cura 4 / Galfer 203mm
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Vee Tire HPL Attack 29
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