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Don DiConstanzo

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — In May, more than a month before the Trump administration proposed a 25 percent tariff on China-made e-bikes, Pedego co-founder and CEO Don DiCostanzo went to Vietnam to look for factories to make e-bikes.

Tagged Trade/tariffs / Electric bike

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — CyclingTips has promoted Caley Fretz to the position of editor-in-chief as Neal Rogers, who previously held the position, becomes the media company's editor at large.

Tagged Media/Publishing

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —  Andrew Pemberton, a former publisher of VeloNews and executive at Panache Cyclewear, has returned to publishing as the CEO of Pocket Outdoor Media, the holding company that publishes VeloNews, Triathlete, Women's Running, Competitor, and VeloPress books.

Tagged Media/Publishing

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Dana DeLaRosa, a Giant Bicycles account executive who had worked for the company since August 2007, passed away on Aug, 25 at his home in Housatonic, Massachusetts, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 58 years old.

Greg Webber of Jamis

The BRAIN staff asked executives at Huffy, Jamis, QBP, Light & Motion, and WTB how they are dealing with current and proposed tariffs.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Orbea has hired Parker DeGray to be the brand's U.S. marketing coordinator.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — QBP has hired Mountain Exposure Agency and Active Agency Sales to expand its service to the Canadian market, effective Sept. 1.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The four-session Supplier Seminar Series presented by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association at Interbike features a new focus on three industry hot-button issues: the 25 percent additional tariffs on Chinese-made bikes and bike-related products, the U.S.

Tagged Trade/tariffs / Electric bike / Interbike
Bill Duehring

ST. JEAN DE MOIRANS, France (BRAIN) — Bill Duehring, the co-founder and president of Felt Inc., has left the company, effective Sept. 7.

With more than 25 years of experience in the cycling industry in product development and business management, Grim will lead the LEM team in operations and product innovation and design.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2018) – LEM Helmets, a new, inclusive cycling helmet brand whose mission is to inspire the fun in biking by focusing on safety, style and performance in all its innovative head protection, has named industry veteran Michael Grim general manager.

The new Osprey Raptor.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — With a president who is a former longtime leader of CamelBak, and a bike industry veteran brought on as a new bike-specific sales manager, Osprey Packs isn't shy about its ambitions.

Bianchi has significantly increased its dealer support in the Western US /Rocky Mountain regions with the addition of Vince Bynan in Utah, Wyoming and Southeast Idaho,  and Brent & McKenzie Winebarger and Tony Iannicito covering Colorado, and New Mexico. 

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The public comment period ended Thursday for a proposed 25 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports, including most categories of bicycle products. Now the industry can do little but wait for the Trump administration to announce whether it will go ahead on the package. Meanwhile, the president has proposed another round of tariffs that would hit virtually every product coming from China.

Tagged Trade/tariffs
Saris's owner said his company has been "abandoned by bicycle trade and industry groups" who sided with importers.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (BRAIN) — When Ali Yazdian began planning his bike rack company about three years ago, he was determined to manufacture in the U.S., as much as possible near his home in the Salt Lake Valley.

Tagged Trade/tariffs / From the Magazine

LONDON (BRAIN) — Rapha has cut 15 jobs at its headquarters in the name of reducing redundancy and costs, the company said. The company said sales were up significantly last year but that it now focusing on long-term profitable growth rather than short-term sales.

The new Felt logo.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles has rebranded, with a new logo, new corporate colors, and a new website.

Takala at Thursday's presentation.

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports CEO Heikki Takala made clear Thursday that the company is considering selling off both its cycling brands, Mavic and Enve. In the most gentle but firm way, Takala said there might be a better owner out there, somewhere, for the brands, both of which he called "iconic."

RWC changed its DU Bushing Pilot to this shade after Park's complaint.

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Park has held a trademark blue bike tools since 2008. But RWC's owner said he's switched to a different shade and accuses Park of bullying him.

VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Haro Bicycle Corp. has announced organizational changes in sales and product management — promoting its sales director and bringing aboard new product managers for its BMX and lifestyle bike lines.

E-bikes and disc road bikes also driving sales, contributing to 3% growth in IBD revenue.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retail sales of 29-inch mountain bikes grew $36 million in the 12 months ending in June, taking dollar share from 27.5-inch bikes, according to The NPD Group. Twenty-niners now account for 41 percent of dollars sold in mountain bikes at IBDs.


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