According to Gwin, there's more to the story than has been reported so far. Here's the letter he sent to his fans about what he can say so far:
I'm writing this public note to hopefully shed a little light on what's actually going on with my move to Specialized.
that I broke my contract with 23 Degrees/Trek World Racing
My contract expired. The one-page letter of intent I signed said there
would be a “full length contract” with “precise terms” coming in the
future. The 16-page contract that showed up in late November was not
signed by me because it was not the deal we had made. I have moved on to
a team that gave me the contract I wanted, and these are the facts.
press reports are inaccurate, unfair, and one-sided. Because 23 Degrees
has hired lawyers and threatened to sue me, my lawyers have told me not
to say anything for now. While riding for Trek
, I lived up to
my contract and gave them my 100% effort and full commitment. I intend
on doing the same for Specialized
As for now, I want to let my
fans know that my offseason training has been going great. I love my new
bikes and I'm more excited to race this year than I ever have been. Big
thanks to the Specialized family
for such an amazing opportunity and
support.I hope everyone understands that I cannot talk any
further about this at this time, but I felt like I needed to clear the
air a bit, without getting too much into the legal stuff.
Thanks to all the fans who have stood behind me.