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The new year starts tomorrow and it looks like the 2019 sponsor changes have already started to roll out. Chase DeHart surprised us all and has announced that he will no longer be riding for Animal Bikes! Below you can check out his words on the change that he posted up on Instagram. It sounds like he has no plans on slowing down for 2019, so we’ll have to wait and see if something new comes from this change!

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This was hard for me to do, but I've decided to part ways with Animal, this isn't due to any differences on either side, I've been nothing but happy and honored to be apart of Animal all these years and am very lucky to experience being apart of something so iconic in BMX. I just felt it was time for me to move on and take on new opportunities and see where it takes me. Thank you to Bob, Edwin and Navaz for getting me on Animal in the first place when they were still apart of it, and a huge thank you to Ralph for the support all these years and most recently Justin Benthien for bringing me and Animal together more this year, I had nothing but good times working on those recent projects and hanging out with all the crew. Sorry if I'm forgetting to thank anybody involved, I will always be apart of Animal and wish them nothing but the best and am thankful for everything they've brought to BMX. With all this said I of course am still 100% focused on Cult and have plenty of stuff planned with them for the year, as well as some other new things to come. Thank you everyone for the constant support, it doesn't go unnoticed, I live for BMX, it's all I know and I don't plan on going anywhere any time soon so thank you to everyone who helps make this possible! I hope everyone has a good New Year, thanks again.

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