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ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (BRAIN) — California-based manufacturer Pure Fix Cycles announced this week that is has opened a corporate office in Europe.

Tagged Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — ­­Ridley Bikes has partnered with Belgium's LRM and Taiwan­-based Ideal Bicycle Corporation, one of the country's largest bicycle manufacturers.

Tagged Eurobike
Espresso maker sets Italian booth on fire, baggy bibs for roadies, Lightweight's concept commuter and more.
A fire forced Gipiemme and Plastotex to relocate their displays.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — 2014 may be the Year of the Return of the Concept Bike, at least at the Eurobike show. In addition to the BMC concept bike we wrote about earlier this week, on Tuesday we took a look at a full-suspension, extensively "connected" concept road from Canyon.

Tagged Eurobike
Kenda's Juggernaut Pro fat bike tire.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — At a press conference hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), several leading Taiwanese companies came together to launch new products on the second day of the Eurobike show.

Tagged Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Coming off a mild winter and beautiful spring, the German market has experienced an increase in sales and market experts expect the positive trend to continue through the remainder of the year.

Tagged Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Occasional rain showers and cool temperatures didn't stop  showgoers from getting on the trail for Eurobike's Demo Day on Tuesday. For the first time, Demo Day was held on show grounds, adjacent to the Messe where the Eurobike expo takes place in Friedrichshafen.  

Tagged Eurobike

SINGAPORE (BRAIN) — Shimano's Singapore subsidiary plans to open an “experiential and interactive” bicycle center called Shimano Cycling World in Singapore.

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Mavic parent Amer Sports is set to open a store at its Helsinki headquarters building on Friday, selling a broad selection of sports and lifestyle products from its portfolio of brands.

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group N.V. has acquired Spanish parts and accessories supplier Comet S.L. Comet has exclusive distribution agreements with various major brands and sells bike parts and accessories to specialty retailers in Spain, France and Portugal.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news
Ribbon cutting of Louis Garneau USA's new office, warehouse and production facility

DERBY, Vt. (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau has cut the ribbon to a new, larger facility in Derby, Vermont, to house production, distribution, marketing, sales and administration staff for its U.S. office, which employs nearly 100 people.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —The organizations behind the Cannondale Pro Cycling team and the team currently called Garmin-Sharp will be merged for next season.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

AMES, Iowa (BRAIN) — North America Cycles is now distributing two new bike lines to U.S. retailers. The lines are Viva Bikes, from Denmark, and Strida Folding Bicycles, from Taiwan.

Tagged Distributor news

LUCCA, Italy (BRAIN) — Former world champion Mario Cipollini was hospitalized after being hit by a car while training near his home here, the U.S. distributor of his bike brand, Cipollini USA, announced Friday.

The $1,800 Esatto DDL is the top model in Kona's new Endurance Road line.

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.

Tagged Eurobike

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.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Urban bag and gear maker Timbuk2 has brought on Tre Pluss AS to manage the brand’s distribution across the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland), the U.K. and Germany.

Tagged Distributor news

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Hotlines UK is the first U.K. distributor for the U.S. clothing brand Club Ride. Hotlines will feature Club Ride clothing during its Hotlines UK bike launch this week at Whittlebury Hall in London.

Tagged Distributor news

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Storck's new U.S. office will be in Houston and headed up by Tony Tanner, a former senior vice president of retail for The Mann Group, a retail consultancy.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano's overall sales were $1.52 billion (156.3 billion Yen) over the first six months of the year, compared to $1.3 billion (133.1 billion Yen) last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LONDON (BRAIN) — Future plc, which in May sold off its cycling magazines and websites, including CyclingNews.com and BikeRadar.com, announced Friday that it is selling its last remaining endurance sports title, Triathlon Plus magazine.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Media/Publishing

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