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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — As part of a review late last year, managers at Accell North America discovered that the company had been underpaying U.S. Customs on some bike import duties since 2013. The company wound up paying 4 million euros ($4.9 million) in repayments and interest.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fizik has recently announced a 90-day comfort guarantee on its saddles and a 30-day guarantee on its shoes and bib shorts.

Company says inventory levels are right and new sporting goods business should give it a boost.

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel reported 0.6 percent growth in fourth-quarter revenue at its bike division, which includes Cannondale, Sugoi, GT, Schwinn, Mongoose and Caloi. However, full-year revenue declined 7.8 percent.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — North St. Bags, which makes bike panniers and bike accessories in addition to backpacks and other gear, is moving its headquarters and production workshop to Portland's Hawthorne District.

Bicycle Retailer's Doug McClellan joins retailer Jim Strang and Raleigh Electric's Rob Kaplan participate in the latest podcast.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — A new survey of 1,800 e-bike owners done by Portland State University and the University of Tennessee found that that most e-bike owners are very satisfied and really like their e-bikes (96 percent), because they are "fun" and "exciting" to ride.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Accell North America has appointed W. John Short as its new CEO. Short will oversee all Accell Group operations and investments in North America and will report to newly appointed Accell Group's global CEO and Management Board Chairman, Ton Anbeek.

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Lennard Zinn has rejoined the VeloNews editorial staff as its first test editor. Zinn has contributed to VeloNews continuously since 1989 and is a former staffer.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Eurobike trade show are trying to encourage visitors to use bike to get to the show this year, partly in an effort to reduce traffic and parking challenges.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike

DENVER (BRAIN) — GearJunkie LLC, the owner of GearJunkie.com, has made some staff additions and is opening an office in Denver, after having been based in Minneapolis for more than 10 years.

Tagged Media/Publishing

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Focus Bicycles USA, Inc., is now working with Promoboxx to offer campaign-based marketing materials and tools to its network of brick-and-mortar independent bike dealers and e-specialty retailers.

Jeff Scully

HEILSBRONN, Germany (BRAIN) — Ortlieb Sportartikel GmbH has hired Jürgen Siegwarth as the company's new CEO and has added senior staff members Jeff Scully and Martin Esslinger to its managing board.

Tagged People

FAIRFAX, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is accepting nomination submissions from now until April 15.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — California distributor Bikefettish is now distributing Joe's No-Flats products in the U.S. The distributor has also hired Emily Cox, an enduro racer, Liv ambassador, and NICA coach, as the brand manager for Joe's No-Flats.

Tagged Distributor news

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components has hired Ian Cross as their new director of sales. He started in the position on Monday.

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — VeloNews will produce the Official Guide to the Giro d'Italia stage race this year and in 2019.

Tagged Media/Publishing
Mike Mercuri of SRAM to receive BPSA Lifetime Achievement Award at next month's Bicycle Leadership Conference.
SRAM's Mike Mercuri will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Bicycle Leadership Conference have announced the agenda and speaker line up for the event, which is April 17-19 in Monterey, just before the Sea otter Classic.

Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference / Sea Otter Classic

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News has extended the submission deadline for new product information and news to include in the annual Sea Otter Classic Festival & Gear Guide. The new deadline is this Friday, March 9.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic
The 3T Strada.

BREMBATE, Italy (BRAIN) — 3T Bike America has announced a new U.S. sales and management structure to be headquartered in Toronto. The former general manager of 3T America, Dave Koesel, will be leaving the company after a transition period.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is expanding its online sales training platform, called "U of Q." The platform includes video modules and short quizzes that help educate retail employees on selling a variety of brands. Current schools include: Salsa, Surly, 45NRTH, iSSi, and All-City.

Tagged Retailer education

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Pinarello US is a newly formed subsidiary of Cicli Pinarello and is led by company president, David Vigil. Gita Sporting Goods, Pinarello's longtime distributor in the U.S., will be "deeply involved" with the new subsidiary, said Giordana Andretta, the vice president of Gita.

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