FT. COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Niner is releasing its first 29er-plus bike model, the ROS 9 Plus, a steel hardtail that accepts 29x3-inch tires and can be set up with gears or singlespeed. In coordination with the model launch, the company is auctioning a special edition of the new bike to benefit IMBA.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BRAIN) — Kona Bicycle is skipping this month's Eurobike tradeshow for the first time in nearly 20 years, instead holding 2015 model year product introductions for its U.S. dealers in Washington last month and for its European dealers with three events there in August.
DENVER (BRAIN) — FirstBank, a sponsor of this month's USA Pro Challenge stage race in Colorado, is unveiling two novel ways to connect with the race and its fans.
BOSTON, Mass. (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries North America has launched a revamped business-to-business website for North American dealers for 2014. The company has been testing the updated site with a select group of dealers since last fall and it is now available to all current VINA dealers.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has created an electric bicycle committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi, president of Accell North America's Currie Technologies.
TEMECULA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Intense Cycles has brought aboard NorCal Sports Group to represent the mountain bike brand in Northern California and the Reno, Nevada, area.
MONTREAL (BRAIN) — High-end road brand Argon 18 has ceased working through distributors in the U.S. and will begin shipping framesets and bikes direct to American IBDs, effective immediately.
SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Zack Vestal. formerly of Mavic and VeloNews, is joining Scott Sports as its new bike marketing manager in the U.S.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Former pro team doctor and coach Dr. Max Testa is offering training plans for participants in this year's Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge Gran Fondo, the event's organizers announced. The October event in Sonoma County, California, attracts about 7,500 riders.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Executives for PeopleForBikes have selected a researcher to survey U.S. rider participation including breakdowns of rides and rider types.
The survey is near completion and will be programmed and in the field by Aug. 25. A final report is slated for completion in October.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Valdora Cycles, a triathlon-specific bike brand, is now working with Rumbleship, a San Francisco distributor. Valdora is the first sport-specific bike brand being offered by Rumbleship, which facilitates group orders and drop shipments from suppliers to independent retailers.
BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Mike Albright has launched his own distribution company, Cascade Velo Distribution, where he will cater to small independent retailers.
WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Ten-Point, a bike fit studio based in Amersham, England, is now the European training and service center for Dorel's Guru Fit System.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN) — KMC Chain has reached an agreement to become title sponsor of the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival for the next two years. The event will be called the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival for its 2014 and 2015 editions.
OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — Magura USA said it’s restructured its staff as part of its new exclusive partnership with Bosch to be its North American service provider.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN RESORT, N.Y. (BRAIN) — A lift-serviced mountain bike park is being developed at Windham Mountain Resort in New York for riders of a wide variety of skills and ages.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Trident Sports will be the exclusive distributor of Whistler Performance Lubricants in Canada.
DENVER (BRAIN) — Frames from Domahidy Designs’ first production batch will be available in October, and company founder Steve Domahidy is taking preorders now.
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch is planning to exhibit for the first time at Interbike next month where it will have several bikes equipped with its mid-motor e-bike system from BH, Felt, Grace, Haibike and Lapierre, as well as cargo bikes from Xtracycle and Nikolai, on display at its booth.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (BRAIN) — Bikerumor.com has added former freelancer Saris Mercanti as a tech editor, growing the cycling tech blog’s full-time staff to three members. Tech editor Zach Overholt and founder Tyler Benedict are the other two full-timers.