Propain has discontinued its Factory Race Team for 2023

Propain has discontinued its Factory Race Team for 2023

Propain will join Norco in the growing list of companies not putting together factory teams for the 2023 season.

next Norco’s announcement in October He said he would skip next year’s races as Propain takes a break from having a factory team in 2023, although it looks like there could be a return in the future.

The team’s layoff means Henry Kerr, Luke Meier-Smith and Remy Meier-Smith could be looking for a new team, although Propain said “of course for us it’s about looking after our teammates and keeping them”. We are on track for 2023 with our connections with industry partners and collaborations.”

It’s sad to see another top class team pull out of next year’s races and we hope that news doesn’t happen again.

It really pains us to say but the Propain Factory Racing Team will be taking a break in 2023. It was not an easy decision, and we want to explain why we have to do it.

Since 2016 we participated in the Downhill World Cup with our first professional team, “Propain Dirt Zelvy”. Always driven by the emotion we get from competition in racing, three years later in 2019 we had big plans for this team and we took it more seriously than ever. We changed the team structure to race as “Propain Factory Racing” with the main goal of being a Top 10 Team in World Cups.

Another three years later the whole world has changed again. We don’t want to blame everything on the pandemic, but it was a significant part that changed not only our area but also Propain itself. We are a growing company with owners from the south of Germany and we are just starting to get our hands on markets outside of Europe. The past three years have been busy and stressful times as we tried to meet increasing demand for bikes and at the same time increasing delivery times for all types of bike parts. At this point, our mind was not focused on a World Cup Downhill Team, but we kept going and 2022 was one of the most successful years for the team.

This doesn’t make the decision any easier, but with better riders, it also means more care, time and effort that we have to invest. There is always a lot of competition for good riders, and in the end we could not keep the existing team in its current configuration.

In 2023 the MTB World Cup will change with more stops around the world in a shorter period. We made this strategic decision to use this time to build a strong team for 2024 and focus all our energy and power on our customers to ensure we build the best bikes for us and our friends. We will dedicate next year to recalibrating and pave the way for a fully recharged return to 2024.

We would like to thank our athletes, the entire team with team manager Ben Reid, our sponsors and of course all the fans for the last seven years of racing Downhill World Cups with Propane. We know we care about our team members and keeping them on track for 2023 with our connections with industry partners and associations.

This is not goodbye, we will be back!


big quotes I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure to lead the Propane World Cup Team for the past 7 seasons. Meeting the company owners Robert and David for the first time in 2016 and seeing their passion for building the best bikes for their friends I immediately felt proud to be a part of.

Two very hardworking and friendly mountain bike riders who run their business with integrity and honesty and it’s really no wonder they’ve grown their company to what it is today. It’s been an easy collaboration because our goals to develop the best race bike for the team were very aligned and the team got everything they needed.

Preparation for the 2023 season This news was initially surprising, but having followed the World Cup circuit for the last 21 years of my life as a rider and manager I welcome this opportunity to focus on other projects and if not as a team manager. I look forward to continuing to be involved with the brand because the guys at Propane have made me feel like family and there really is no other bike to ride. To the cyclists, employees and sponsors we have had over the years, thank you all for being part of it”.

Ben Reid, band manager

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