FABIEN BAREL NEWS Posted on October 17, 2007 @ 12:38 PM Timing can be funny sometimes, 10 minutes ago we were just watching the footage of a smoking Dirt Subaru when we get an E-beam from Fabien Barel about a future article. Now at the bottom of the mail was this Subaru team logo, we're still not sure whats going on, is he still with Kona or has he signed with a new Subaru team? Watch this spaceman for more details!
UPDATE Subaru will be the main sponsor, the team will be 100% French, not sure of how many riders or what bikes they will ride
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2007 8:18:05 GMT 8 by coilerblue
I guess we’ll all just have to keep watching the Kona world news to see what happens next!
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Fabien Barel is no longer on Kona and is onto Subaru according to Dirt. Rumor on the street is that he’ll be riding a Lapierre with a few other French riders.is it true? who will take the place of fabien? thanks...so many rumors...
sa madaling salita abangan ang susunod na kabanata huhuhu
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2007 8:46:47 GMT 8 by coilerblue
Après 5 ans, 2 titres de champion du Monde, multiple coupes du Monde et Championnats de France gagner, Barel s'en aller...
KONAWORLD - Kona is family. From the dealers and bike designers to the warehouse crew and the athletes, anyone who has been associated with the company in its 20 year history can attest to unique bonds formed from working with Kona. And when a family member leaves the homestead there is always a heavy sense of melancholy for everyone involved. But, after five years, two World Championships (and a Silver Medal), several World Cup victories and podiums and three French National Championship titles, Fabien Barel is moving on.
"Fabien exemplifies what it takes to be a championship rider,” said Kona’s Jacob Heilbron. “It has been a pleasure for all of us at Kona to observe his meticulous attention to detail in his training, pre-race preparation and equipment. More than any other Kona athlete, Fabien worked extremely closely with Kona product managers Paddy White and Dr. Dew to develop and refine a competition bike that met the standard of a world champion. When you see Fabien race in a World Cup event, you see a rider who's completely in tune with himself, his bike and the terrain. It is a standard of riding that very few cyclists achieve in their career."
Barel had similar sentiments.
“We all know what racing is about and how every detail is important. Having the support of a company is a big part of it! For the last 5 years, Kona has been the reservoir of inspiration for my riding and my motivation. The Kona brand is very diverse, between freeride, cross country and gravity, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the DH racing team and to help that image grow. I wish everyone were as fortunate to work as closely together as we have. I have worked with Kona longer than any other brand and the Kona groove will keep spreading for me, whatever I do. I intensely thank Kona for the support and for accepting me as part of their family.”
In recognition of Barel’s stellar Kona career and his consummate professionalism both on and off of the bike, Kona has developed a Special Edition Fabien Barel signature Stab Supreme.
The special edition bike is ball burnished and highlighted with world champion stripes and Fabien Barel’s name on the top tube. With only 178 made in the world it is sure to be a Kona fans collector’s item.
Barels future plans have not yet been finalized but you can be certain that whenever he is in the starting gate there is a great chance that he will end up on the podium.
Au revoir, Fabien, et bonne chance.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2007 17:17:40 GMT 8 by coilerblue