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    Specialized drops Romaniuk, he goes to...

    Well I just heard the news, Specialized dropped Steve Romaniuk and he signed up with..



















    Mongoose.

    No, I'm not kidding. Romaniuk 2007 is Mongoose, Syncros and Dakine.

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    Is the extra money really worth the free shitty bikes ?

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    he'll still kill it no matter what he's riding. And some of the new mongooses (mongeese?) are pretty sweet...I bought one....
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    He'll still keep a few Demo 9's to ride when there no camera's around...wonder if him and Matt Hunter will break up now? LoL (j/k)
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    That sucks.

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    Yeah I just watched the video on Rip.Tv about it.
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    yeah... i'm watching the video now... man... maybe mongoose will make a big come back from the wallmart reputation... eric carter didnt do them too much good, but since now they signed another big rider maybe then?

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    I agree that he will do well on just about any bike, even hurt he rides better than most!
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    gonna be like how everyone was laughing when an IH SGS made it to the podiums back in the day...

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    Mongoose also has Andrew Neethling riding for them this season from Team Honda/Turner I believe. I wouldn't really say that EC riding for them did anything bad for their rep though.
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    although I can't see Steve on an Eric Carter sig bike...he needs his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHidiot
    Mongoose also has Andrew Neethling riding for them this season from Team Honda/Turner I believe. I wouldn't really say that EC riding for them did anything bad for their rep though.
    nah... i'm just saying it didnt do much... lol...

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    Meengeese might be the next specialized so watch out! That does suck bawls and Romaneek should sign up with SC.

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    shitty bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan wask
    Is the extra money really worth the free shitty bikes ?
    wow you are an idiot. They are probably the best bike company in the biz. Who are actually trying to help the sport not just make super expensive ****. They actually make GREAT bikes, with SICK specs and REASONABLE prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan wask
    Is the extra money really worth the free shitty bikes ?
    There was a long thread on nsmb about this topic several weeks ago.

    dan, I dont' think Romo had much say in the matter as he was dropped by Specialized and not the other way around. A lot of the other companies like Rocky, Santa Cruz, Kona, have guys that fill the same niche as Romo so I'm not sure it was easy for him to get a new ride.

    FWIW, I think the mongoose line is making huge improvements. Yes, the freedrive thing is a glorified i-drive, but folks seem to generally hold idrive in high regard. Certainly are a ton of bang for buck.

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    The price thing is right and their performance should be fine, but they still need to prove themselves in the MTB world. I mean, comon, it's meengeese.

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    what bike is he goign to be riding from them?
    Looking for a 7.87 x 2.25mm shock, any brand any age that runs well!! cheap would be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VooDoo13
    He'll still keep a few Demo 9's to ride when there no camera's around...wonder if him and Matt Hunter will break up now? LoL (j/k)
    contracts would say no way
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    Another bad decision by Specialised imo SR probably helped sell as many D8s,9s as Bereclaw if not more hes a better all rounded rider in the mould of Wade and Schely IMO big loss, wish him all the best on Mongoose, can't understand why other bike brands wouldn't want some one of his caliber he gets lots of exposure as well.

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    I kind of disagree

    I don't think too many freeriders ride like ROMO. He charges everything. He is so smooth and fun to watch ride. IMHO he had the best parts in both the collective and Roam. Just my opinion. The bike movies that I have enjoyed the most have long segments with him or Simmons in them. I know Kyle Strait and Bearclaw are better at tricks than him. However, there is a large segment of the bike population that would rather watch a guy riding 40 mph down a trail on the brink of destruction, than watch some more slopesytle stuff. It's a shame. I hope he still can film with the Collective.


    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    A lot of the other companies like Rocky, Santa Cruz, Kona, have guys that fill the same niche as Romo so I'm not sure it was easy for him to get a new ride.

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    dh/extreme fr he'll prob. ride an ec-d. Less hairy stuff he'll prob. ride a black diamond. I hope they hook him up with a hardtail, too...he's not a bad street/park rider....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan wask
    Is the extra money really worth the free shitty bikes ?
    Brilliant - a bike review and contract synopsis all based on what exactly? Thanks for your valuable contribution to the forum. The check is in the mail.
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    That sucks, I love watching romo bomb down hills on his demos like is nothing. Best of luck for him!
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    It will definitely be interesting to watch Maniac rip it up on a goose. I think that it will be a good thing for Mongoose and Romaniak. Maybe specialized needed to cut back on their payroll. I'm sure Mongoose was willing to dish out some nice coin to get a rider of Steve's caliber. Who knows. Maybe we will see a new world cup downhill champion in the making. And personally I would like to see Romi send it on a new mongoose. Laws yes.

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    him and matt hunter are my 2 favorite riders... im interested to how Steve can help mongoose. they dont make bad bikes, i have a thunderball i use for DJ and i have no complaints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpenglow
    I don't think too many freeriders ride like ROMO. He charges everything. He is so smooth and fun to watch ride. IMHO he had the best parts in both the collective and Roam. Just my opinion. The bike movies that I have enjoyed the most have long segments with him or Simmons in them. I know Kyle Strait and Bearclaw are better at tricks than him. However, there is a large segment of the bike population that would rather watch a guy riding 40 mph down a trail on the brink of destruction, than watch some more slopesytle stuff. It's a shame. I hope he still can film with the Collective.
    Alpenglow, I don't disagree with what you're saying. I love watching Romo ride.....the dude's always on the brink of total meltdown, but, somehow manages to keep it together. Will he still film with the collective? Who knows.....Specialized was the main sponsor last year, but that doesn't preclude Romo from being in it just because he's on a different bike. Below was the bulk of my reply on the nsmb forum a month ago about Specialized dropping him (before he hooked up with mongoose).

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    "Is Romaniuk an incredible rider?? Of course he is.....the guy rides massive lines with insane amounts of speed. I love to watch his various segments and marvel at just how f'ing fast that guy rides stuff. Now, leaving the Claw out of the equation because Specialized isn't going to dump him if they've got half a brain in their offices, let's compare romo to the other two main FR guys at Specialized.

    With Strait, they've got a guy that can compete in World Cup races (when he actually races them) can win events like the RB Rampage, dirt jump contests and competes for top spots in every slopestyle event he enters. Let's not forget he's a Cali boy and that's a massive market for bike purchases.

    With Hunter, they've got a FR guy that stars in many of the same films, helps with the Kamloops Bike Camps and looks like the all-american kid (sorry, don't know if there's a saying of "all-canadian" or not). In short, he's at least as marketable, if not more, than Romo and they are roughly the same discipline. This also leaves out the intangibles like how much input each rider gives on R&D projects and other aspects they contribute that we're not privy to.

    Again, I'm not saying he isn't a rad rider.....but it's a business and I'm sure specialized feels like both Romo and they got their value out of the relationship."

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve owens
    Maybe we will see a new world cup downhill champion in the making.
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