Not too long ago, the animated Team Rumours tweeted their latest clue which depicted a “Garden of Eden” which depicted a snake that looked an awful lot like the Specialized S, hissing dollar signs towards a stick figure in the trees with a halo over his head. A few folks instantly thought that meant Specialized was trying to tempt Aaron Gwin with a lot of money to break his recently signed contract from Trek. But how serious could it be?
Well, take a look at the video and see for yourself. That is the man himself wearing a T shirt with the big red S (well, white in this case). More when we have it.
Update: It’s official, full press release after the break!
Specialized is pleased to announce the signing of Aaron Gwin to the 2013 Specialized DH program. Aaron will be supported with frames and tires. He will be joining teammates Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato.
“I’m super excited to start this new chapter in my career with Specialized bicycles. The entire Specialized staff has welcomed me with open arms and I’m blown away by the level of support they’ve shown me. This is my dream program and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity. Bring on 2013!” -Aaron Gwin
“The combination of Aaron Gwin and the Specialized brand have an American storyline written all over it that was always meant to be. Aaron will not only bring another element to the program, but it’ll be amazing watching this trio ripping down the tracks together. We can’t wait to get started with this new exciting opportunity and look forward to the season ahead.” -Sean Heimdal, Team Manager
“I’m stoked to have a new teammate this year, it will be a fresh start and I will be able to learn a lot of things from Aaron. The season starts late this year and will give everyone time to get to know each other and do testing on the Bike. I cannot wait to work together and smash out runs!” -Troy Brosnan
“We are really excited to have Aaron on board. He has a lot of interest in product development, advocacy, junior development, and so do we. We are looking forward to a very successful future together.” -Geoff Rogers, Specialized Sports Marketing