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DURHAM, N.C. (BRAIN) — At a bankruptcy auction Wednesday, Head Sport — a European sports company best known for its skis and tennis rackets — agreed to purchase most of the assets of Advanced Sports Enterprises for about $22 million. The agreement is subject to court approval later this month.

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The duties, effective Saturday, range from 18.8 to 79.3 percent.

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — As expected, the European Union has imposed duties on Chinese-made electric bicycles and e-bike components destined for the European Union.

Specialized announced its recall on Twitter.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The partial federal government shutdown means that at least two active industry recalls have not yet been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, although the companies responsible have issued recalls on their own and with government agencies in other countries.

Spoiler: "E-bikes, lots of e-bikes."

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the second and final day of the inaugural CABDA West trade show, BRAIN contributor Ray Keener asked retailers, "What's in store for 2019?"

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — Emerald Expositions, which announced last month that it was canceling its 2019 Interbike Expo, is talking to industry members about two options for a revived bike trade show as soon as this year.

UPDATED: Corrects retail attendance figure

Editor’s note: The retail attendance figure originally supplied to BRAIN was for non-exhibiting attendees on the expo’s first day. That total includes media as well as companies that did not have booth space at CABDA West.

Thesis offers one carbon frame that can be built up as a gravel, road, cyclocross or adventure touring bike. Bikes are delivered 20% assembled and consumers hire "Local Bicycle Professionals" to complete the assembly.
Thesis founders Randall Jacobs and Alice Liu.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — A new bike brand from an industry veteran is making waves with innovative products and its fulfillment system, as well as with its alignment with the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the opening day of the inaugural CABDA West trade show here Wednesday, longtime BRAIN contributor Ray Keener made the rounds, checking in with retailers at the event. Always a master of the small talk, Ray had a simple question for each of them: "What brings you to CABDA?"

Students get their hands dirty in the Track Modeling Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (BRAIN) — Celestial Cycles owner Sheridan Marquardt figures his BMX race business has tripled since the beginner-focused BMX Racing League arrived at the local track, where the Oklahoma City retailer is now a title sponsor of the facility.

(BRAIN) — "Mobility" is a common buzzword in the tech and transportation industries, and in the European bike industry. In the U.S. bike industry? Not so much.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racetrack

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — With gray skies and rain in the forecast, CABDA show director Jim Kersten may not have gotten the balmy Southern California welcome he hoped for as he set up for the inaugural CABDA West expo here in San Diego County this week.

Find another business to whine about. The bicycle business needs no whiners.

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CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Aventon will launch its newest e-bike, the $999.99 Pace 350, at the CABDA West show in Del Mar, California, this week.