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BILBAO, Spain (BRAIN) — Canyon will partially license Orbea's patented rear-shock lockout cable routing technology. Orbea's patent for the "Inside Line" covers improvements to the lockout routing, enhancing aesthetics and providing a more direct path between the shock and remote lever.

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Commencal Bikes & Skis has expanded its B2B program to allow retailers to order directly from its website with a dedicated platform.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — A global consumer brand investment firm announced an investment in Pedego Electric Bikes. Verlinvest's undisclosed amount will be used to increase the number of Pedego stores and inventory, and support innovation.

Tagged Electric bike / Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Quirk, the co-founder of Competitive Cyclist and former Rapha North America president, takes over Dec 20 from Rob DeMartini.

(VELONEWS) — USA Cycling will have a new CEO on Monday, as its current chairman of the board Brendan Quirk will step into the role vacated by Rob DeMartini, who is leaving to head up Purple Innovation, a mattress and pillow company.

Welcome a new $1 billion-plus player to the bike industry.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — After a merger with Signa Sports United — which calls itself "the hidden champion of sports e-commerce" — well-known bike e-commerce sites Wiggle and Chain Reaction are part of a publicly-traded retail group with about $1.8 billion in annual sales, much of it in the bike segment.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

(CYCLINGTIPS) — USA Cycling President and CEO Rob DeMartini is leaving that role to become the acting CEO and a board member at Purple, which makes mattresses, pillows, and other comfort products.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano says it successfully petitioned the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to have an e-commerce website taken down because it was posing as a Shimano company site. 

LONDON (BRAIN) — Bike.Rent Manager, a bike rental software platform, has secured 490,000 pound ($648,000) investment in a recent funding round in partnership with Universum Wealth. BRM said it is profitable and growing fast with customers in over 27 countries. 

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Karen Malogorski.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our December magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What percentage of your business is service and how are you managing parts shortages?

Tagged State of Retail / From the Magazine

TREVIGLIO, Italy (BRAIN) — Bianchi has unveiled plans to build a new headquarters building and factory here. The 30,000 square meter (325,000 square foot) facility will have about 17,000 square meters devoted to bike production. Production is expected to begin in 2023.

RP Designs Smart-Cockpit.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BRAIN) — New cycling component company RP Designs has acquired mountain bike brand Ellsworth from the ASG Group. RP Designs and Ellsworth will offer a complete bike lineup, components, and accessories.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (BRAIN) — American Classic is back, first as a consumer-direct tire brand, but wheels — and dealer sales — are on the horizon, the reborn company’s new president, Chris Clinton, told BRAIN.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — If you are seeing some fresh faces in the stores and on the trails these days, there's a good reason: Fully half of today's cyclists either entered the sport in the last two years or returned to it after a lay off. 

VOJENS, Denmark (BRAIN) — Hartje Ebsen will distribute SRAM products in Denmark — including RockShox, Truvative, Quarq, and Time — at the beginning of the year.

Tagged Distributor news

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — Helmet technology company MIPS continues to refine concept testing with the introduction of its Virtual Test Lab, helping brands develop new designs without physical prototype production.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — The Flagg Bicycle Group announced Wednesday that it acquired women's cycling company Terry Bicycles, which will be renamed Terry Precision Cycling.

The sale was completed Tuesday.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

EL PASO (BRAIN) — Helen of Troy Limited, a publicly traded company that owns several consumer product brands, has agreed to acquire Osprey Packs for about $414 million. Osprey, founded in 1974, makes hiking and backpacking packs as well as hydration packs for cycling.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Juliet Scott-Croxford recently was hired by London-based Brompton folding bikes to be president of North America amid the company's 50% U.S. growth in unit sales in the past year during the bike boom and 76% over 2019. Scott-Croxford, formerly the CEO of Worth magazine, took time in October to answer questions from BRAIN about her plans for Brompton's expanding U.S. market.

Tagged Electric bike / From the Magazine

BAYFIELD, Colo. (BRAIN) — Tailwind Nutrition unveiled a re-branding this fall as the nine-year-old company see continued growth beyond the ultra-endurance athletes that helped it get its start.

Tagged From the Magazine
The Sea Otter e-bikes for veterans program provides transportation and self-sufficiency for those in need.
The Sea Otter Classic Foundation is growing its e-bikes for veterans program.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — E-bikes and the Sea Otter Classic have had a long relationship dating back to the first e-MTB race held here in 2016. Five years later, while e-bike racing continues to grow, the event is also featuring e-bikes for a greater good.

Tagged Electric bike / From the Magazine


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