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Posted April 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would lower tariffs — currently as high as 30 percent — on some types of "recreational performance outerwear." Some cycling rain gear might be included in the clothing items that would see a tariff reduction.

Posted in North America
Posted April 16, 2015
Plus, a photo gallery of new product, and happenings, at the annual festival and race.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Tired of hearing about 27.5-plus tires? Does a new helmet line generate a big yawn? And has the chatter over the new 148-millimeter thru-axle left you shaking your head? Then what is the most novel, most useful new product at Sea Otter?

Posted in Industry News Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 16, 2015

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Lock maker Abus Mobile Security, LLC and online bike registration company Project 529 are joining forces in offering a new bike security package.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 16, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP's Civia brand is recalling some aluminum fenders sold as aftermarket items and included as original equipment on some Civia Hyland bike models. According to the U.S.

Posted in Recalls
Posted April 16, 2015
The new Enve HDH bar.

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Enve has revised its line of carbon fiber mountain bike handlebars with a new high-rise model, wider widths and new graphics.

The new High Rise HDH bar has a 46mm rise, a 9 degree sweep and 810mm wide. It weighs 267 grams.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 16, 2015

MALLABIA, Spain (BRAIN) — Following an in-depth system audit, Orbea has decided to cease manufacturing in Kunshan, China, at the end of June and expand its facility in Portugal.

Posted in International
Posted April 16, 2015

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Rocky Mountain Bicycles is now producing the Sherpa, a bike it first showed as a concept at last year's Sea Otter Classic.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 16, 2015

QUINCY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giro Sport Design is producing a new event this fall near its California headquarters. The Grinduro is a 60-mile competition on dirt and pavement with elements of gravel road racing and mountain bike enduro competitions.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted April 16, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — After multiple delays, Recon Instruments has begun shipping its heads-up display sunglasses for the sports market. The Recon Jet is built for active outdoor use and provides information just below the user's right eye and connects to wearable sensors and smartphones.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted April 16, 2015

LONDON (BRAIN) — Wiggle, which bills itself as the U.K.'s largest online bike and tri-sports retailer, is planning a new multimillion-dollar marketing campaign aimed at increasing its penetration with cycling enthusiasts in the U.K. and Australia. 

Posted in International
Posted April 16, 2015
(l-r): Yasso, Wilhelm and Cosentino.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — With 5 percent growth in overall participation in 2013 and sales growth hitting double and single digits since 2010, the running market has stemmed recent sales and participation declines seen in other sports including biking and golf.

Posted in North America Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference
Posted April 16, 2015

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Garmin has announced updates to its Vector power meter pedals, with a redesigned pedal pod that is more easily setup and transferred between bikes.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted April 15, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (BRAIN) — The maker of bike storage hooks sold exclusively at Home Depot is recalling about 120,000 of the hooks because they can detach and allow a bike to fall. 

Posted in Recalls
Posted April 15, 2015
The new Force 1 crank shown with a 42-tooth chainring.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — SRAM is introducing two single-chainring road groups for the 2016 model year, the Rival 1 and Force 1 groups (the previous cyclocross group, Force CX1, is now renamed Force 1).

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 15, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (BRAIN) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc. has rolled out a new authorized dealer agreement and MAP policy. 

Posted in North America
Posted April 15, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Beginning late summer, Highway Two will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Knog accessories. Highway Two also will distribute Knog in Canada, alongside Live to Play Sports.

Posted in North America
Posted April 15, 2015

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano released a wide array of updates to its popular Deore XT group on Wednesday, prior to the opening of the Sea Otter Classic.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 15, 2015

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — WTB is releasing a new tire at the Sea Otter Classic on Wednesday. The Riddler 2.4, named for WTB-sponsored rider Nathan Riddle, combines a fast-rolling center tread with larger outside knobs. It is intended primarily for rear tire use.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 14, 2015

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Eddy Merckx Cycles USA has launched an outside sales team following its transition from consumer direct sales back to IBD sales in the U.S. The company said the transition has been successful as it now has more than 80 retail locations.

Posted in North America Tagged Sales Reps
Posted April 14, 2015
Accessory brand also announces a new MAP policy.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for Birzman's tools and accessories. QBP has distributed the brand for about 18 months; the exclusive agreement is new.

Posted in North America

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