At only 17-years-old, Ike Klassen shows a maturity and a technique on the bike that is uncommon for his age.

Although his focus is on downhill racing, he also rides enduro, freeride and jump lines. He has been racing his whole life, whether it is bikes, go-karts or motocross, he's a racer at heart.

In the past he has won the South African National DH Championship, achieved two podium finishes in the cadet category in the French Downhill Cup in 2020 and participated in the Crankworx AirDH in 2019. Ike, who has the DarkFest line in his backyard, and became the youngest person to ride Fest Series. What a great opportunity at his young age.

"I'm super-hyped about the new deal with Commencal, as we're also putting a local team around it. This puts me in an excellent position for the upcoming races this year," said the Monster Energy rider Klaassen.

"Working with Commencal gives me so much confidence as well. I'll be a part of the team that works together at the World Cup races, so I'll have that level of support. In the freeride world they also have a big team there, so there is also strong support. Basically, I will be racing the World Cup season with Commencal, and I'll be doing some freeride events and just try my best to have a good year."