FLETCHER, N.C. (BRAIN) – Cane Creek Cycling Components announced two new hires on Monday: senior design engineer Jim Rathbun and marketing coordinator Joel Burgess.
Rathbun grew up riding bicycles and motorcycles in southern California and went on to work for high-performance motorcycle maker Kerker. In 1994, he entered the mountain bike suspension business as an engineer for Answer, helping set up fork assembly lines. His work with Cane Creek began as a contractor in 2009 when he was integral to the development of the DBair shock. He later helped build the climb switch used in the DBair CS. He became a full-time engineer for the company in late 2013.
Burgess was a former Peace Corps volunteer visiting the mountains of North Carolina in 1998 when he discovered the stunning cycling opportunities and decided to stay. He made a career as a journalist, working for newspapers including the Asheville Citizen-Times. He said he was excited to work for the company whose components he’s ridden.
“What I will be doing is work. But really it’s a dream job,” he said.