KS USA announces partnerships with professional Gravity, Cross Country and multidisciplinary cycling teams and individuals for 2018.
For two decades, KS USA has pioneered, developed and evolved dropper posts and has virtually defined the category. Models ranging from the lightest and most exotic all the way to some of the most affordable can be found within the broad product offering.
In 2018 we are proud to further our exploration of dropper posts as a necessary tool for XC and XCO competition at the highest level.
Our athletes have confirmed that with the ever-increasing technical challenges, speed and capabilities requires in cross country racing, a KS dropper seatpost offers the most significant improvement in bike handling with minimal weight penalty.
Our athletes represent over eighteen nations and will collectively campaign events globally spanning UCI World Cup XCO, UCI World Cup marathon, USAC XCO, EWS and a multitude of national and regional competition. And for the first time ever, KS USA will field a dedicated factory team in the USA named KS-Kenda Women Elite MTB.
Also noteworthy is the use of KS droppers by individual pro riders in all disciplines of cycling including cyclocross and gravel grinding.
The KS 2018 roster includes the following
CST Sandd American Eagle (NLD)
Kross Racing (POL)
Focus XC (GER)
KMC Ekoi SR Suntour (FRA)
Absolute Absalon (FRA)
KS Kenda Women Elite (USA)
Merida Gunn-Rita (NOR)
Kellys Factory (SVK)
GT Factory (USA)
BH Miranda (FRA)
Ami Stuart/Rothberg (USA)
Max McCulloch (CAN)
U23 national French Champion Neïlo Perrin-Ganier / team Absolute Absalon / photo ©Keno Derleyn
Maja Włoszczowska and Jolanda Neff / Kross Racing / photo ©Matt Delorme
Linda Indergand / Focus XC / photo ©EGOPromotion
Two times Olympic Champion Julien Absalon / Team Absolute Absalon / photo ©Matt Delorme
Jordan Sarrou / KMC Ekoi SRSuntour / photo ©Keno Derleyn
XCO World Champion Jolanda Neff / Kross racing team / photo ©Matt Delorme
Olympic Champion Gunn Rita Dahle / Team Merida Gunn-Rita and Anne Tauber / Team CST Sandd American Eagle. Photo courtesy of Team Merida Gunn-Rita ©Ego Promotion
European Champion Florian Vogel / Focus XC team / Photo courtesy of Focus XC team ©Ego Promotion
Ibis, EWS leading team / photo ©Dave Trumpore
Wyn Masters / GT Factory team / Photo courtesy of GT bicycles ©Sven Martin
GT Factory team / Photo courtesy of GT bicycles ©Sven Martin
Martin Maes / GT Factory team / Photo courtesy of GT bicycles ©Sven Martin
Dillon Santos / Ibis EWS team / photo ©Dave Trumpore
Nikki Peterson and Fairlee Frey looking forward to the season ahead!