• Jack Moir flying high at Fort William in 2018
    Jack Moir flying high at Fort William in 2018

With the World Cup season just over 10 weeks away, the UCI have published their comprehensive team list for 2019. 

Of course there's no time constraints over when transfers can occur, but with new rider-team combinations eager to get used to each other and their rigs, MBA thinks all the big moves for the year are done and dusted.

From an Aussie standpoint, Dean Lucas heading to Scott from Intense and Shelly Flood transitioning to Enduro on her Kona were the main deals. Also, NSW Downhill specialist Jack Moir riding alongside superstar duo Aaron Gwin and Neko Mulally has many tipping Intense for big things this year.

However, there has been some more news that's gone slightly under the radar - Jackson Frew has moved from GT Factory Racing to Kona. No doubt the fact that he was riding on a Kona at Cannonball in December last year meant this was no little to anyone, though! Also, former Under-19 MTB World Champion Cameron Wright has nabbed an XC spot with Giant Factory Off-Road Team.

Elsewhere, the biggest news has been multiple DH world champions the Athertons starting Athertons Bikes for 2019, and in cross-country, American Kate Courtney has left Specialized to join the Rainbow Stripe of Scott-Sram, alongside fellow world champion Nino Schurter.

For more on the finalised teams, check out the official UCI Mountain Bike Teams list here.

Bicycling Australia

Schwalbe recently released a first onto the Australian market - a 28mm Pro One Skinwall tyre in tubeless.

In this latest video on the Bicycling Australia YouTube channel we take a look at three new releases for 2019 - the Lazer Bullet 2 helmet, the Look 795 RS Blade and new skinwall tubeless tyres from Schwalbe.

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