LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hwa Fong Rubber, parent of the Duro tire brand, has begun a partnership with mountain biker Hans Rey.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Matthew Pfeffer, a long-time bike industry testing engineer and vice president of global operations at ACT Lab, died Thursday. He was 50.
Pfeffer died from complications stemming from an acute case of influenza.
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Garmin Ltd. has acquired iKubu (Pty) Ltd., a South African company that has developed a rear-facing radar system for bicyclists. iKubu introduced its Backtracker device at the Eurobike show last summer.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Folding bike brand Tern has added distributors in Japan, Greece and Turkey, expanding its distribution to 65 countries worldwide.
Tern has joined with longstanding Japanese distributor Akibo, which also imports Colnago and Fuji and handles exports for Shimano.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM is reuniting with the French UCI WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale. The team will use SRAM components, Zipp wheels and Quarq power meters.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Santa Cruz Bicycles has named Lusty Industries as its exclusive Australian distributor.
As of Jan. 1, Lusty Industries will handle distribution for Santa Cruz and Juliana bicycles, components and soft goods in Australia.
MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries Inc. is acquiring the remaining 30 percent interest in Companhia Dorel Brasil Produtos Infantis (Dorel Juvenile Brazil), which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Dorel.
LANCASTER, Pa. (BRAIN) — Speedsleev Products, the maker of lightweight saddle packs and other products, has expanded its distribution for 2015.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Praxis Cycles is continuing to grow, with a successful launch of its hollow-forged Zayante road crank, which is being spec'd on more than 10 models of Specialized 2015 model bikes. Demand for the brand's chainrings and conversion bottom brackets also continues, the company said.
MEXICO CITY (BRAIN) — Mexican officials have put numerous U.S. bike suppliers on notice that the Mexican government will be placing children's bikes imported from China under increasing scrutiny as it continues an anti-dumping investigation.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling's power meters will be available in Japan through InterMax in 2015.
WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group said Wednesday that it will end its collaboration with the German design company Denk Engineering GmbH. Soon after, Specialized announced that it would begin working with Denk.
AMSTERDAM (BRAIN) — Reed Business BV, owner of Bike Europe, plans to sell off the European trade magazine along with 16 other business-to-business magazines and brands to Dutch publishing house B+B Vakmedianet.
WOBURN, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — U.K. brand AbsoluteBlack has announced that Bicycle Technologies International will distribute its chainrings, hubs and other components in the U.S. starting in January 2015.
STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — POC has been awarded a prestigious Swedish design award for AVIP, the concept behind the brand's road cycling gear, introduced in 2013. The Design S award has been presented every second year since 2006; this year's winners were announced Nov.
PADUA, Italy (BRAIN) — An Italy-based organization is raising money by raffling pro team bikes to support the building of a children's maxillofacial operating room in Armenia.