Meanwhile braking will be taken care of with powerful XTR M9000 RACE hydraulic levers and XTR M9000 RACE calipers.
Team manager Daniel Hespeler pointed out that the switch to Shimano had been a big goal of his, leading into the Olympic qualification period. “We’ve built a fantastically talented squad of gutsy, aggressive and open minded cross country riders, who are some of the very best in the world. We set the team’s structure up for ultimate performance leading into the next Olympic cycle and made some fundamental changes in how the team operates too. Signing with Shimano was the missing piece in the puzzle and, from the riders to the mechanics, we’re all stoked to be working with XTR and Shimano from here on into 2020.”
Cannondale Factory Racing will be competing in the UCI XCO World Cup, which kicks off with round 1 in Stellenbosch South Africa on 10 March, 2018 and are also focusing on winning the ABSA Cape Epic beginning just over a week later.