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KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles is opening an office in Melbourne and will soon begin consumer-direct sales in Australia and New Zealand. The company said it would assemble bikes at its German headquarters and ship directly from there to consumers Down Under.

Tagged Omnichannel & Consumer Direct Sales

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Dorel Sports has appointed James Hamilton, based in the company's Frome, U.K. office, as its global marketing manager, for parts and accessories in its Cycling Sports Group.

Tagged People

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Mavic sales were up 3 percent globally in the first half of this year, as its parent company Amer Sports Corporation recorded a net sales increase of 9 percent, to 461.1 million euros ($509 million). 

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

SANDY, Utah (BRAIN) — Reynolds Cycling is expanding its relationship with DWL Bicycle Company, who will now manage all aftermarket sales and marketing responsibilities in Asia. DWL, based in Taichung, Taiwan, previously handled responsibilities for Reynolds involving Asian OEs and assemblers.

BAULKHAM HILLS, Australia (BRAIN) — Trent Fitzgibbins, one of the co-founders of the Australian distributor JetBlack Products, has sold his share in the company to co-founder Tony Simmonds and plans to take "a lesser role in the company."

Tagged People / Distributor news

SEYMOUR, Conn. (BRAIN) — Thule Group is reporting a net sales increase of 20 percent in its second quarter, a result helped by favorable currency fluctuations. In currency neutral figures, the Sweden-based company saw a 6.4 percent sales increase in the quarter, which ended June 30.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

SAN MATEO, Calif. (BRAIN) — GoPro, Inc. revenue hit $420 million in its second quarter, which ended June 30, a 72 percent increase year over year.

GoPro's founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, noted the company's "aggressive pace of innovation."

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Bliss' ARG Minimalist Knee Pad.

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bliss, a Germany-based protective gear brand, is looking to come to the U.S. market this year with its line of lightweight mountain bike pads.

MADRID (BRAIN) — Chris Tarlton has joined Rotor Bike Components as general marketing manager, overseeing development of the brand's image worldwide.

Tagged People

ROSSANO VENETO, Italy (BRAIN) — Giuseppina Ferronato, who owned the Selle San Marco saddle company with her family, died Saturday. 

"Giuseppina will be remembered for her commitment and passion that always distinguished her job in Selle San Marco," the company said in a statement this weekend.

Dutch conglomerate adds a major mountain bike brand to its portfolio.

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings, a Dutch conglomerate that owns several bike brands including Cervélo, Focus and Gazelle, has purchased California-based Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

SURSEE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — As part of its distribution overhaul in North America, Swiss mountain bike protection and apparel brand iXS has named Live to Play Sports as its exclusive Canadian distributor effective Aug. 1. U.S.

Tagged Distributor news

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN) — Sidi Sport s.r.l. is has signed Saddleback Ltd. as the exclusive distributor of its cycling products in the United Kingdom and Ireland effective Sept. 1.

Tagged Distributor news

GIVISIEZ, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Scott Sports SA has purchased Bergamont Fahrrad Vertrieb GmbH from BMC Group Holding AG, which acquired the German bike brand in 2008. Since that time, Bergamont’s sales have doubled, Scott stated in a release.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Donnelly Sports — a Denver-based company that develops and markets Clement tires, licensing the trademark from Pirelli — is looking to rebuild the historic brand in its original home, Europe.

ZWOLLE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Dutch wheel manufacturer Fast Forward Wheels B.V. has named Radial Sports LLC its exclusive distributor for the U.S. market.

Tagged Distributor news

NANTES, France (BRAIN) — Some 1,500 delegates from more than 160 countries are gathered in Nantes, France, this week to discuss the future of cycling.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events

CLARENDON, S.C. (BRAIN) — Kent International is hosting a two-day event in September for bicycle parts manufacturers from Asia. The event will be held at Kent's Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) factory in Manning, S.C., about 80 miles from Charleston, S.C.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products, which opened a Taiwan office called Q-Taiwan last year, is now working with its suppliers directly instead of through a trading company there.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike is launching a new turnkey-booth section at this year's show, designed to highlight European brands seeking to enter the U.S. market for the first time.

Tagged Interbike


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