Editor's note: The following article appears in the March 15 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
By Steve Frothingham
BAY SHORE, NY (BRAIN) Feb 23, 12:19 MT— White Lightning has bought the company that markets the Chain Condom, a product designed to protect car interiors from bike chains. White Lightning is renaming the product the Chain Johnny.
On Friday, after months of negotiations, Cervélo founders and owners Phil White and Gerard Vroomen sold their 16-year old company to Pon Holdings, the Dutch company that also owns Germany's Derby Cycle and the Holland's Gazelle.
ALMERE, Netherlands/TORONTO, Canada (BRAIN) Feb 17, 1:00 MT—Pon Holdings announced today that it has finalized negotiations that began in December to acquire Cervélo Cycles.
TORONTO, Canada (BRAIN) Feb 14, 14:10 MT—Cervélo's relationship status with Pon Holdings remains, to use Facebook terminology, complicated.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) Feb 9, 14:13 MT— The Dutch owners of Lake Cycling have sold the shoe brand to Lake Cycling International B.V., a newly formed company also based in the Netherlands.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN) Feb 7, 11:58 MT—A new owner at Marin Bikes will allow the 26-year-old company to invest in "a little of everything," a company executive told BRAIN Tuesday morning.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) Jan 31, 14:32 MT— Mavic ended 2011 up 14 percent in sales, following fourth quarter growth of 17 percent, according to earnings released Tuesday by its parent company Amer Sports.
HONG KONG (BRAIN) Jan 26, 16:21 MT—Pryde Group, the parent company of Neil Pryde bikes, announced this week its acquisition of Imagine Surf, a player in the stand-up-paddle industry.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN) Jan 23, 12:42 MT — Raleigh America has signed a multi-year global licensing agreement with LifeCore Fitness whereby it’s transferring the operation of its Diamondback Fitness division to the Vista, California, company.
KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—What will Scott Sports do with the Syncros brand now that
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.
Dutch conglomerate Pon, which recently bought Derby Cycle, has agreed to 'a financing arrangement' with Cervélo and has retained an exclusive option to purchase the Canadian company.
Cervélo announced the agreement late Friday on its website:
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Those who have been patiently plugging away at e-bike sales in the U.S. hope Dutch juggernaut Accell Group’s entry into the market will be the shot in the arm the industry needs to jumpstart the sluggish category.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Amer Sports, the Finnish owner of Mavic, will acquire women’s snowboard apparel brand Nikita as part of its priority to grow faster in soft goods.
Amer also owns Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Precor and Suunto.
ALMERE, Netherlands (BRAIN)—Pon Holdings now controls 92 percent of Derby Cycle Werke with the recent close of a second acceptance period of the Dutch company’s voluntary takeover offer.
HEEREVNVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN)— Accell Group N.V., the Dutch group that owns Seattle Bike Supply as well as the Batavus, Koga, Sparta, and other European specialty brands, has bought Van Nicholas, a Dutch titanium bike manufacturer.
PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Online UK bike retailer Wiggle has been acquired by European private equity firm Bridgepoint for 180 million British pounds ($282.5 million).
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Leemarc Industries, parent company of Canari Cyclewear, is the new owner of women’s cycling apparel brand Shebeest, company officials confirmed with Bicycle Retailer Tuesday.