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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — U.S.-based White Brothers is assembling its newest generation Loop Series suspension forks in Taiwan to serve its OE customers.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
Hutchinson's Kevin Buchet. Photo: Nicole Formosa

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Hutchinson is courting U.S. product managers with a more North American centric line-up designed to jumpstart its three-year goal to break into the top three tire brands in the market.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwan’s manufacturing hub transforms into an industry show and tell session this week as product managers and sales teams merge in Taichung to talk about 2014 product and beyond. 

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Al Nordin is convinced it’s only a matter of time before the market for electric bikes in North America develops into a thriving category. And as the president of NuVinci’s bike division, he has been positioning the company for the past eight years to be ready for the inevitable.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Julien Carron is stepping down as technology coordinator at the international cycling union, UCI, at the end of November, the organization announced Friday.

Carron has been central to the UCI's equipment approval program, including its "UCI Approved" frame stickers.

Tagged People

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN) — Dahon has plans to expand its sales and business operations in Eastern Europe. The company is appointing a new area sales manager who will oversee partner, product and distributor activity in the region.

Cyfac's Vintage steel frame

LA FUYE, France (BRAIN) — French builder Cyfac has set up a new dealer direct sales system in the U.S. The company said the new system will lower retail prices and boost dealer margins.

Tagged Distributor news
At Wednesday’s press event, from left: Michael Tseng, chairman of the A-Team and executive director of  the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association; TAITRA president and CEO Yuen-Chuan Chao; and Taichung Deputy Mayor Ping-Kun Tsai

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of the 2013 Taipei International Cycling Show, set for March 20-23, are predicting another record year for the expo.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Skins chairman Jamie Fuller

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Australia-based clothing maker Skins announced Monday that it was suing the world cycling body UCI. The press release did not say where the suit would be filed. Skins did not sponsor Lance Armstrong.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The industry’s Taiwanese contingent may find it friendlier to travel to the U.S. in the future thanks to a newly eased visa requirement. 

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — The city center of Argentina’s capital city hosted its first ShimanoFest this past weekend, a two-day expo and race designed to expose everyday folks in Latin America to elite cycling. 

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

LOUGHTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — Austin, Texas-based urban bike company Fairdale has picked up Triton Imports as its exclusive distributor in the U.K.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Growing sales in North America and Asia boosted Shimano’s sales over the first nine months of the year to $2.3 billion (182.7 billion Yen), compared to $2 billion (161.6 billion Yen) over the same period last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings continues its buying spree with the addition of Union Bicycles to its fast-growing Pon Bicycle Group division.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

SOUTH MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) — Australia’s custom framebuilding community is gearing up for its first show, a reflection of the wide-reaching rebirth in handcrafted bicycles.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Mavic sales rose 7 percent in the third quarter of the year led by increased sales in helmets, apparel and footwear, according to an earnings report released by Amer Sports. 

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN) — DT Swiss has promoted Dwayne Weddle to its global sales team, where he will be responsible for OEM sales support.

Tagged People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwanese manufacturer JD Group will show a new electric bike motor targeted at North American bike makers at next month's Taichung Bike Week, a major original equipment spec' event.

Tagged Electric bike / Tradeshows and conferences

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The international cycling union UCI on Monday drove the final nail into Lance Armstrong's doping punishment, announcing that it would not appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's finding that Armstrong doped for much of his professional career.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM Inc. on Thursday announced it was ending its relationship with Lance Armstrong, who used the company's components during his comeback to the sport in 2009 and 2010. SRAM also clarified that Armstrong no longer owned any share in the company.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

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