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Friday, February 4, 2011
Karl Poynter leaves Shadow Conspiracy

Karl Poynter has decided to leave The Shadow Conspiracy, citing a new venture and different goals as reasons.

After several years with Florida-based component brand The Shadow Conspiracy, New Castle, Ind. freecoaster master Karl Poynter has decided to step down from his spot on The Shadow Conspiracy pro team, citing the start of a new brand (which he hasn't disclosed as of yet) and different goals for his departure.

"After many years with The Shadow Conspiracy, I have decided it's time for me to move on. I'm thankful for the opportunities presented by, and appreciative of the times I've spent with the Shadow crew. I've come to this conclusion by simply knowing I needed to go in a direction I would be 100% happy with. I am psyched to be part of an entirely new venture. This new project isn't just about branding and image, but giving riders something they can believe in and fully support," said Poynter on Thursday.

According to new Shadow team manager Ryan Chadwick, the move was unexpected. "He called and let us know he was leaving. He was unable to say why because of a contract he now has with someone. We were as caught off guard as the rest of the world, but we do wish him the best in whatever his next step is," said Chadwick.

While with The Shadow Conspiracy, Poynter was testing a signature freecoaster hub that was, according to reports, a step above the current selection of "street" freecoaster hubs on the market. Following Poynter's departure, Shadow will continue to release the freecoaster. "The freecoaster will live on. We want to make sure the design is absolutely perfect before we release it, hence the wait," said Chadwick.

No release date has been set for the freecoaster. Poynter's two signature Shadow Conspiracy Penumbra seats are still available from The Shadow Conspiracy.