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Posted April 25, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (BRAIN) — Catrike has hired three new factory employees, and added to its sales team. The company also announced a new PR agency of record. 

The recumbent trike manufacturer, which produces all its frames at its own factory in Florida, said the new hires resulted from continued sales growth.

Posted in North America
Posted April 25, 2017
Victor Sheldon at last year's Kamikaze e-MTB race.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch and Troy Lee Designs are producing an electric mountain bike races at a California ski resort this summer.

Posted in North America Tagged Electric bike / Racing & Sponsorship
Posted April 25, 2017

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) —  Accell Group, which planned to hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday, said its sales in the first months of 2017 were at the same level as last year.

Posted in International
Posted April 25, 2017

DALLAS (BRAIN) — The first franchise location of Playtri, a Dallas-based multisport retailer, will open next month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Posted in Retail News
Posted April 25, 2017
Net sales in the bike division were down 0.9 percent in Q1.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano's bike-related sales were down 0.9 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, while operating income in the segment was down 3.2 percent.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted April 24, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Final attendance numbers were still being tallied Monday, but early numbers pointed to a record year for the Sea Otter Classic, which ended Sunday. The annual bike festival, expo and race hosted more than 400 exhibitors, five miles of branded fence and 920 sponsor banners.

Posted in North America Tagged Electric bike / Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 24, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Sports Direct, which operates more than 700 stores worldwide as well as the Muddyfox and Silver Fox bike brands, has purchased Eastern Outfitters LCC, the company that owns Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob's Stores. Sports Direct paid $101 million for the retail group.

Posted in International
Posted April 24, 2017

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Velofix has sold its 100th mobile bike service franchise, with a multi-territory deal in the Atlanta area.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Mobile service
Posted April 24, 2017
The Feedback app's icon.

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Feedback Sports has updated its bike maintenance app to integrate with the Strava app, to use mileage data from Strava to help riders plan maintenance. 

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted April 24, 2017

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Three former Guru Cycles employees, including Guru founder Tony Giannascoli, have launched a new titanium bike brand called T-LAB and a carbon frame repair business, Cycle Fx.

Posted in North America
Posted April 22, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — A moment of silence will be held Saturday at the Sea Otter Classic in memory of racer Steve Tilford, who died in a highway accident earlier this month at age 57.

The moment will be held prior to Saturday's men's cross-country race.

Posted in North America Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 21, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kids' bike companies are flooding the Sea Otter expo this year, and most of them are clustered around the skills area for young riders. These are not full-line bike brands that offer kids' bikes as an afterthought.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 21, 2017
Dr. Kit Yarrow

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — One dominant "brutal truth" that emerged at this year's Bicycle Leadership Conference, which wrapped up Thursday in Monterey, was this: The industry is struggling to keep up with, adapt to and embrace changing consumer behaviors.

Posted in North America Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference
Posted April 21, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Ben Serotta is making bikes again, with two projects in the works: One small and one semi-big.

Posted in North America
Posted April 21, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Niner Bikes' Colorado headquarters is just 12 miles from Push Industries, a company that does suspension service and produces its own shocks and other parts.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 21, 2017

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zero Motorcycles will be included in the support fleet for the Big Bear Lake Time Trial stage of this year's Amgen Tour of California.

Posted in North America
Posted April 21, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — It’s called DRAFT, and PeopleForBikes had the idea for it about two years ago. The first one was held in Denver and drew 95 people. DRAFT brings together people to talk bikes and build community while enjoying craft beer. 

Posted in Industry News Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference
Posted April 21, 2017
Kona's Remote plus-size e-MTB

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) —Don't pin the "adventure bike" tag on Kona’s new generation of road-plus-tired, disc brake Rove bikes. “It’s more our take on an endurance road bike than it is on something like an adventure bike,” product manager Ian Schmitt says.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences
Posted April 20, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — X-Fusion is closing its U.S. headquarters in California and moving customer support to an outside facility in Reno, Nevada — a move necessitated by the costly construction of a new dedicated factory for the suspension brand in Taichung, Taiwan.

Posted in North America
Posted April 20, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Marin Mountain Bikes has released a new mountain bike at the Sea Otter Classic using a suspension design from Naild, a company formed by industry veteran Darrell Voss. 

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic

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