SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, during the launch of the 2017 Santa Cruz Syndicate with Luca Shaw. Photo by Gary PerkinAbout Troy Lee Designs: For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.
(Corona, Ca. Jan 10th 2017) - Long time TLD athlete and 2015 Downhill rookie of the year, Luca Shaw, has extended his 5+ year relationship with Troy Lee Designs for another two years; going into the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Luca, formerly of our factory SRAM/TLD RACING team, for the last 3 seasons got the opportunity of a life time to join the Santa Cruz Syndicate to fill the vacancy of TLD Icon-Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland who have moved into ambassador roles with Santa Cruz Bicycles. With Luca already choosing to ride Santa Cruz bikes while on SRAM/TLD, the switch was pretty seamless for Luca when it comes to getting used to his 'new' bike! Luca has been with TLD since he was 14 years old, representing the brand on the east coast with his brother Walker Shaw. From early on we knew Luca would be the next great American downhiller. With multiple Junior victories in his career that culminated this season with him getting his first senior UCI world cup podium at Mont St Anne, Canada, and finishing the season in 9th overall, Luca solidified himself as not only one of the best Americans on the circuit, but a new threat to podiums in 2017. The Santa Cruz Syndicate team announcement video is classic Syndicate comedy, starring TLD Legend Steve Peat and the new recruits, check it out. Congrats to Luca and we look forward to even more racing and having fun with you in the future!