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FORT COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Panda Bicycles has hired “Action” Pat Hegedus as its second frame builder and Rebecca Dodge to support its growing dealer business as merchandize and marketing director.

Tagged People

Megan Tompkins sat down with Bonnie Tu, executive vice president and CFO, at the Liv / Giant store in Taipei to talk about what Giant has learned from its first dedicated women’s retail store.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

NICA aims for 1,000 high school coaches • Women's coalition announces new board • Lockett joins Leisure Trends • Hodgson steps away from SNEWS

GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Sky Yaeger, senior product manager at Spot Brand, has left the Golden, Colorado-based company in a product development restructuring.

The industry veteran was brought on board in May of 2010 to jump-start its Taiwan production of urban bikes.

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NUNSPEET, Netherlands (BRAIN)—Shimano Europe has hired a new PR and events manger. Rudy Bouwmeester, 29, will take over the role vacated by Harald Troost last September.

KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—What will Scott Sports do with the Syncros brand now that it owns it?

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BERGAMO, Italy and AVONDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—Santini Maglifico Sportivo has opened a distribution office in the United States. The new subsidiary gives Santini a direct presence in the U.S., and is the company’s fourth subsidiary.



SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN) — Jury selection starts Wednesday in Specialized's lawsuit against Volagi over the start-up brand's carbon bikes.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Cycling journalist John Wilcockson is leaving Velo magazine for the Move Press title Peloton. Patrick O'Grady, a part-time web editor and cartoonist for Velo and VeloNews.com, also has left the organization.

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KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Scott Sports has bought the components and accessories brand Syncros from Ritchey Design, Scott and Ritchey announced Tuesday.

Scott said the brand, most recently known for its downhill mountain biking products, will be expanded into the road and cross-country markets.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

LOUISVILLE, CO (BRAIN)—Wheels Manufacturing's new website is now configured for both consumer-direct and IBD sales.

Tagged Web/Internet / Omnichannel

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News' offices are closed Monday in observation of the New Year. News coverage will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Our entire staff wishes you a safe and healthy start to 2012.

Tagged BRAIN News

By Nicole Formosa

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Uncertainty over economic stability in Europe has Taiwanese manufacturers in wait-and-see mode as 2012 orders dip from suppliers in its most important export market.

Hermes Sport staffs up as product line grows • Still time to register for Park tech summit • Houston launches bike share program • Bike expo planned for Georgia

Mike Sinyard's letter to retailers this week regarding Amazon's Price Check App is escalating an industry-wide conversation and examination of the interaction between brick-and-mortar stores and the many alternate retailing channe

Tagged BRAIN News

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Cateye USA president Thomas Prehn went on an Amazon buying spree of sorts last spring and summer. He has an office full of receipts and packages to prove it.

"I was probably Amazon's best Cateye customer," Prehn said Thursday.

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Editor's note: The following article appears in the January issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News (Subscribe!).

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—China is playing an increasingly important role for Merida as the Taiwan manufacturer reported significant rises in units sold and revenue generated in the country during the first 11 months of the year.

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)— Specialized president Mike Sinyard is warning the company’s retailers to beware of Amazon.com’s incursions into the bike market.

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