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Former Specialized and Orbea managers and others set up factory in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — A group of industry veterans is setting up a high-volume carbon bike factory in Little Rock, using equipment purchased from Montréal's Guru Cycles, which went bankrupt last year.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet is working with organizers of the Outerbike demo events to provide bicycle trade-up services to event participants.

NOVATO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Marin Mountain Bikes Inc. has announced changes to its sales staff with the addition of industry veterans Art Ornelas and Bob Gagen.

Ornelas' territory reaches from San Luis Obispo, California, south to the San Diego region.

Tagged Sales Reps

LEVIS, Quebec (BRAIN) — Hawley-Lambert is now distributing Deity products, which will be available from the distributor in November.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike says its indoor e-bike test track, called The Circuit, presented by Shimano, is now filled to capacity with exhibiting brands.

Tagged Electric bike / Interbike

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — The overall series winners from last season's  Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be on the start line at World Cup CrossVegas in Las Vegas on Sept. 21.

Wout Van Aert and Sanne Cant, each from Belgium, are confirmed for CrossVegas, which kicks off this season's World Cup.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Interbike

ORLANDO, Fla. (BRAIN) — Recumbent trike maker Catrike has made Inc. Magazine's annual list of the the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

The company, founded in 2000, said it has recorded 58 percent growth in the last three years.

Tagged Awards

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM veterans Sander Rigney and Ron Ritzler have each joined the company's senior management team in vice president roles.

Tagged People

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Orbea has relocated its North American headquarters to a new facility more than double the size of its previous home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products said it’s filling four key sales positions. The distributor said it’s an investment in specialty retail, with more dedicated resources to accommodate its Dealer’s Choice program and to help dealers thrive.  

Tagged Distributor news / People

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bell Helmets and Blackburn is adding three people to product and marketing. The new hires will assist with the introduction of several new products and carry forward consumer marketing programs such as Bell Built, Joy Ride and Blackburn Ranger programs.

Tagged People
Company recommits to its core business in bike.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — After more than 13 years supplying apparel and footwear for runners, Pearl Izumi will exit the business and focus completely on its core cycling business, the company said. “This is a tough decision, but it’s time to recommit to our core,” said Mike O’Connor, president of Pearl Izumi.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Cyclone Bicycle has signed as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Exposure Lights, designed and manufactured in the U.K. by Ultimate Sports Engineering.

Tagged Distributor news

BOSTON and LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — The car sharing network Zipcar said it will equip its vehicles with bike, ski and surfboard carriers in North America so members can enjoy outdoor adventures and activities outside of the city without the cost and hassle of owning a car.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Vittoria has released 2017 pricing and the company slashed prices across its entire range of tires.

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bravo Sports Corp. has hired Jeff Balaban, Kyle Brookey and Dave Davenport as it expands its product and sales management team.

Bravo Sports owns several brands in the action sports and outdoor/lifestyle segments including Pro-Tec, SixSixOne and One Industries.

Tagged People
Company retains 23 percent ownership in suspension company.

WESTPORT, Conn. (BRAIN) — Compass Diversified Holdings sold 3.5 million shares of Fox Factory’s common stock, totaling $63 million in net proceeds. As a result, Compass’ ownership in Fox Factory Holding Corp. is reduced from 33 percent to 23 percent, or 8.6 million shares.

ASI announces the acquisition to employees Tuesday afternoon.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International has bought the nation’s largest bicycle retailer, Performance Bicycle, including its 106 stores, private-label brands Forte, Spin Doctor, Transit and Scattante, and online businesses and

Tagged Omnichannel / Mergers & Acquisitions

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has formed the “Cycling Anticipation Group” made up of its two cycling brands, Enve and Mavic, and named Matt Robertson to lead the initiative. Robertson previously guided the development and direction of Shimano’s mountain bike product line.

Tagged People

VENTURA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zeitbike is now the exclusive U.S. and Canadian distributor of Classified Nutrition products. 

Tagged Distributor news


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