Commencal Launch Junior Cartel

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Quite a few mountain bike manufacturers have launched themselves into making higher quality kids bikes in recent years, so it logically follows that some are also going to start teams and activities for kids too. Commencal have stepped in with the Commencal Junior Cartel, and going by the photos of existing Commencal riders aged as young as 8, they’re not looking for anyone average (they’re also not the first to do something like this, e.g. the Propain Gravity Kids).

They’re splitting it into two parts, one in North America and one in Europe. If you are (or know) a talented kid who might be looking for a bit of support and to go to events, read on to find out how to apply.

Commencal Junior Cartel
Are you aged 8 – 16 and able to send it like this?

Press release:

“The Commencal Junior Cartel Program is a go! Our search is on to discover the next Amaury Pierron, Rémi Thirion, Kyle Strait or Myriam Nicole…

The JR Cartel is made up of young riders who have a real passion for mountain bikes. This project will enable the best environment for spotting the talent of tomorrow, with the hope that one day, they will integrate into an elite COMMENCAL team. It will be a multi-country team with unified bicycle and gear support. It will give access to professional grade, super cool, make-your-friends-jealous pit support at specific events, and allow for fun-vibed relationship and friendship building opportunities with our professional athletes and industry employees, to help you progress and achieve your bike riding dreams.

Commencal Junior Cartel
“That’s where Brian Lopes punched Geoff Kabusch”.

“Who we are:

“Commencal Junior Cartel is a fun first – teamwork makes the dream work – bikes rule grassroots program to help build young athletes and prepare them for World Cup downhill dominance, on and off track success, and personal growth opportunities otherwise not available.

“What we are looking for:

“Positive attitude, playful, high five throwing, wide-open shredders spread across the USA and Europe. We want downhill oriented riders who feel the need for speed and the desire to improve and become the best riders and racers they can be.

Commencal Junior Cartel

“What’s Expected:

“Chosen riders will be expected to compete in mandatory big races of their regions. They are expected to help encourage teammates with air or virtual high-fives and to provide smiles in the community while producing awesome social media content and spreading positive brand awareness.

“We’ve split the support between two zones, Europe and USA, relying on the Commencal headquarters on these two continents to provide a professional framework and logistical support.”

Commencal Junior Cartel
Proportionally, those tyres look like they’d be 3.0s on an adult bike.




“USA Program

  • We’re looking for young race oriented shredders aged 14-18 yrs.
  • Attendance that will be expected:
  • 2 National PRO GRT appearances
  • US Nationals in Snowshoe, WV
  • Team Camp in Winterpark, Colorado

“European Program

  • We’re looking for young race oriented shredders aged 8-16 yrs.
  • Attendance dates that are expected:
  • A Training Camp with team riders at the beginning of the season, to share experiences, techniques and training schedules.
  • Crankworx Les Gets
  • French Championships in Morzine
  • 2 IXS European Cup – TBA

“Want to join us?

“Send us a catchy video application, sharing some things about who you are, why you love bikes, your favorite thing about Commencal and your best trail slaying clips to: Europe – or USA –

Commencal Junior Cartel
Commencal are looking for confident kids.

Comments (1)

  1. Best caption ever, on the “looky-pointy” photo!

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