BY MATT WIEBE
IRVINE, CA—News that Shimano snapped up Pearl Izumi from Nautilus last month caught most of the industry by surprise.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—GAI Cycles of Phoenix has acquired 100 percent ownership in Titus Cycles from Vyatek Sports.
BY JASON NORMAN
MONTREAL, Quebec—When Dorel Industries purchased Cannondale early last month the industry’s top tier became a little more crowded and competitive.
Dorel had no problem throwing down the gauntlet either.
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN)–Accell Group is buying Ghost Mountainbikes, a high-end German bicycle brand, adding yet another premium bike company to its ever-growing corporate portfolio.
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has been acquired by Risk equity Partners, a California-based investment group.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano has purchased Dash America, Pearl Izumi’s parent company, from Nautilus. Pearl Izumi becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano’s U.S. operations, and will continue to operate from its facilities in Broomfield, Colorado and Kirchzarten, Germany.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries’ purchase of Cannondale now positions the Canadian consumer goods company right behind Trek and Specialized within the independent bicycle dealer (IBD) channel, according to Dorel president and chief executive officer Martin Schwartz.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries has just announced the acquisition of the Cannondale Bicycle Corporation.
The total value of the all-cash transaction will be $190 (U.S) to $200 (U.S) million, subject to Cannondale's earnings results for the year ending June 30, 2008.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Selle Royal and Crankbrothers have completed the merger of Crankbrothers into Selle Royal. This agreement adds Crankbrothers to Selle Royal’s group of cycling companies which include fi’zi:k, Brooks, and Selle Royal.
PORTLAND, ORE (BRAIN)—Two leading companies in the design and manufacture of accessories for recumbent bicycles are teaming up.
TerraCycle, of Portland, Ore. is acquiring Fort Collins, Colo.–based FastBack Designs and plans to expand its successful line of hydration packs and frame bags.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Carmichael Lynch Spong has purchased Stanwood & Partners, a Wyoming-based public relations firm and a fellow go-to expert in the outdoor enthusiast arena.
VALENCIA, CA (BRAIN)—Valencia Sport Group, parent company of SixSixOne, Sunline and Royal brands has restructured and recapitalized, partnering with L.A. based equity firm Triple 7 Group.
RYE, NY (BRAIN)--Jarden Corporation has signed a merger agreement under which Jarden will acquire K2 for $1.2 billion in a stock and cash deal.
BY SEAN HONG
MILAN, Italy--Oakley, the Southern California eyewear maker that American pro cyclists Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten helped popularize during the 80s, will merge with former rival Luxottica Group later this year.
SUFFOLK, England (BRAIN)—Ultra Motor, a British e-bike manufacturer, has acquired American Electric Cycle and Fitness, a company owned by longtime e-bike veterans Ed Benjamin and Mike Fritz.