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DANA POINT, Calif. (BRAIN) — The closing session at this year’s Bicycle Leadership Conference was not the flashiest or the best attended. But it probably was the most sobering 60 minutes of the two-day conference.

MILAN (BRAIN) — Asobi Ventures, an Austin, Texas, group that acquired a majority share in Gruppo Srl in 2021, has acquired the remaining shares. Gruppo Srl is the parent of Cinelli and Columbus.

Claude Jordan retiring as CEO of the parent company of Huffy, Niner, Batch, VAAST and Royce Union.

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Bruno Maier has been appointed president and COO of United Wheels Inc., the parent company of Huffy, Niner, Batch, VAAST and Royce Union. Claude Jordan, who has been CEO for four years, is retiring and will remain as a senior advisor during the transition. 

A 1987 magazine ad for Centurion's Ironman Dave Scott tri bike.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Centurion brand that includes road, mountain, and e-bikes is available for U.S. license, according to its licensor JMM Lee Properties.

Electric cargo bikes present the opportunity to transform last-mile deliveries in cities. Will the United States follow Europe’s lead?

FELIXSTOWE, England (BRAIN) — Merida Bikes reported the theft of 133 bikes on Thursday from a container at a Southampton port that was on its way to its logistics facility here.

SCHLITTERS, Austria (BRAIN) — E-bike brand Nox Cycles officially opened its new headquarters in the Austrian Alps on Friday, combining production, administration, warehouse, showroom, and an in-house demo center.

The cost of the facility was 3 million euros ($3.1 million).

MONTEREY, Calif. — Peter Arlein looked out at the swelling Friday crowd at the Sea Otter Classic last month and told a dirty truth.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Giant Group revenues in the first quarter was NT$22.26 billion ($746 million), up 8% from the same quarter last year.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Nukeproof Industries is making plans to come home. The longtime gravity brand known for utilizing titanium and carbon fiber — including those iconic carbon-aluminum hubs — began in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the 1990s before Irish downhill racer Michael Cowan acquired the brand a decade later.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BRAIN) — Leatt Corporation reported its seventh consecutive quarter of record-breaking revenue, with first-quarter revenue increasing 88% year-over-year, led by mountain bike and moto helmet sales.

(CYCLINGTIPS) — Zwift has announced significant staff layoffs and a "pause" to its much-anticipated hardware development program for developing its own range of smart bike and direct-drive trainer offerings.

Common bicycle industry chatter: “That product is a rip-off, a total copycat.” Yet also heard frequently: “Patents stifle new ideas – only the lawyers win.” Which of these opposing points hits the mark?

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MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — Serial 1 unveiled its second-generation /CTY e-bikes that have Google Cloud connectivity, providing turn-by-turn navigation, bike tracking for security, and recording of ride data.