After close to a decade of sponsorship, X Games Los Angeles 2012 BMX Park gold medalist Scotty Cranmer and Felt Bicycles have amicably parted ways. "Since it has been released all over the Internet I guess I should say it myself, I no longer ride for Felt Bikes," said Cramer via Twitter.
Cranmer, 25, has five X Games medals, including three gold, and won the Dew Cup for BMX Park in 2011. An esteemed member of the professional BMX Park circuit for a decade, Cranmer joined Felt Bikes at a time when the brand was just beginning to explore sponsorship options with riders. At the time, Cranmer was admittedly hesitant.
In a 2004 interview with TransWorld BMX, Cranmer said, "With Felt, I was nervous, because all the kids at the skatepark were like, 'That Felt company sucks.' But nobody knows anything about them. The offer was really good, and we made changes to the bike, so now I'm glad I made the decision. It's ten times better than what I expected. With my parents not being able to pay my way to contests, that's all the more reason to go with a company like that."
Cranmer's time with Felt included several signature frames, (most recently the Franchise Killer, named for his horse shoe team), a decade of top placings in the Dew Tour and other contests, and some of the more dramatic magazine covers in the history of Ride BMX Magazine.
Everything seemed to be going just great between Cranmer and Felt. So what happened?
According to Felt team manager Alan Foster, "After a great 9.5 years, Felt Bikes and Scotty Cranmer have decided not to renew for 2013 -- nothing big happened, no drama, just a decision that had to be made and both sides are good with each other."
Cranmer has plans in the works, but has not made an announcement as to what they will be. "I am very excited to announce my new bike sponsor in the next day or two," he said. Cranmer's additional sponsors include Monster Energy, Vans, Fox, Pro-Tec and Duo Brand.