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TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Joshua Hon, former vice president of Dahon and son of co-founder and CEO Dr. David Hon, will separate from the brand and launch his own bike company next week in Taipei.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Graphite, a brand strategy and design agency based in Los Angeles, has been hired by the Electra Bicycle Company to produce 2011 brand, retailer initiatives.

In a soon-to-be-announced campaign, Graphite and Electra will visit key accounts across the country next month.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—For the 2011 selling season SR Suntour has added a number of new aftermarket distributors in order to better serve North American dealers.

Tagged Distributor news

LITTLE ROCK, AR (BRAIN)—Orbea USA has hired three additional full time, factory reps to its external sales team.

Tagged People

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN)—Four legends of American cycling will be inducted on November 5 into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California.

Tagged Awards

BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has received a major human resources boost as Ben Capron has stepped away from his post as chief brand officer of Specialized Bicycle Components to become the development director at NICA.

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MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—After more than two years developing the supplier partner program for The Bike Cooperative and signing strategic contracts with more than 38 vendors, Wren has transitioned to contractor status with The Bike Cooperative.

Tagged People

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Competitor Group, Inc has acquired the SBR Triathlon Series.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—Riding the coattails of the most successful month in their 25-year history, Hawley is opening a West Coast distribution center in Sparks, Nevada—a suburb of Reno.

The new center will complement Hawley’s East Coast hub in South Carolina and provide a more complete national coverage.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—A little over a year after joining Advanced Sports Inc. as director of sales, Steve Parke has left the company. His last day was Friday.

Tagged People

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—A little over a year after joining Advanced Sports Inc. as director of sales, Steve Parke has left the company. His last day was Friday.

Tagged People

FRYEBURG, ME (BRAIN)—Downeast Bicycle Specialists will now begin offering Gore Ride-On products to its dealers.

Tagged Distributor news

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Carmichael Training Systems will be opening the new Santa Ynez regional training center on the central coast of California on June 27.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The QBP Shock Treatment Center (STC) has achieved certification as an official Cane Creek authorized service center for Double Barrel rear shocks.

Tagged Distributor news

BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—GU Energy Labs, will move its corporate operations to a new facility on June 13, offering 50 percent greater square footage.

And while the new digs significantly expand the sports nutrition company’s capabilities, it doesn’t mean abandoning their Berkeley roots.

BOULDER, CO—Former Veltec Sports executive Hugh Walton has taken over distribution of Vredestein Two Wheel Tires in the U.S. and Canada through Move Sport, Inc., a company founded by his wife three years ago.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Fitness and bicycle retailers alike are circling September 14-16 on their calendars in preparation to attend the 2011 Health+Fitness Business Expo (HFB), held in conjunction with the Interbike International Expo at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

MEQUON, WI (BRAIN)—Hayes Bicycle Group has hired Tyler Meyers to head up its global OEM sales. Meyers, formerly with Shimano American, takes over the position from longtime Hayes employee Len Cabaltera, who left the company on Monday.

Tagged People

GREENVILLE, SC­­­­ (BRAIN)—Long-time Hincapie Sportswear marketing director Steve Baker is leaving the company in June to pursue new opportunities personally and professionally.

Tagged People

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle chief executive officer Jim Thompson has exited the company, according to sources close to the matter. Chief marketing officer Cindy Marshall has also left the company.

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