Ibis is beyond stoked to announce our 2019 team roster.
We gathered the team in Santa Cruz last December for some product testing, bike riding and a few trips to the gym for some serious training. The antics are chronicled in the video above.
Robin Wallner joined Ibis four years ago, when he first made the leap from racing World Cup Downhill to Enduro. We’re very excited to have re-signed Robin to the team. He’s become an invaluable resource in testing and development, as well as a Team Dad (both literally and figuratively). We look forward to working with him for many years to come.
After winning the EWS Team Championship in 2017, 2018 was a rebuilding year with new faces, Bex Baraona, Julie Duvert and Lewis Buchanan. The team was rounded out with leader Robin Wallner.
The team instantly meshed, with Robin Wallner and Bex Baraona kicking off the season with their best career results ever — on the yet unreleased Ripmo. Scotsman Lewis Buchanan rounds out the roster.
As the season progressed, Robin earned another podium finish, and was consistently finishing in the top 10. He was ranked number two until he skipped La Thuile to be present at the birth of his son, Ted Wallner (your future 2040 EWS Champion).
After a previous season riddled by injury, Lew was ready to prove himself. He made an early switch from wagon wheels to 650B and would go on to clinch the British Enduro Championship and earn a top ten finish at Round 3 of the EWS.
2018 was Bex’s first year on a team, with access to a race mechanic, data analytics, and the support from everyone at Ibis. As a privateer, paying her way around the world, she finished a wildly impressive 8th. This year, she clinched the British Enduro Championship alongside Lew, finished in 4th at Round 1 in Chile, and consistently finished in the top 5.
Despite a handful of injuries (and the birth of a child), the team strung together a solid defense of their Team Championship crown, but were ultimately forced to settle for second. With a full year together and with more time on the various bikes, the team is ready to reclaim their crown.
This next season is going to be great fun, the bikes are all dialed in and I’ve got 100% confidence in my training.