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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Giant announced production and distribution expansions in Europe this week, signaling its commitment to that market and its eye on reducing costs. Giant currently sells more than 400,000 bikes annually in Europe, including traditional bikes and e-bikes.

BERN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry has formed a new e-bike committee focused on developing equipment regulations for competition.

Tagged Electric bike / Racing & Sponsorship / Eurobike

GIRONA, Spain (BRAIN) — Organizers of Sea Otter Europe have announced that the third edition of the festival will be held May 31-June 2, 2019 — once again in Girona, Spain.

Tagged Events / Sea Otter Classic
The show is increasingly focusing on e-bikes and e-mobility products and services.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — This year’s Eurobike show is set to open Sunday, a day after the Tour de France begins.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Raleigh Bike Parts will be the new exclusive U.K. distributor of Saris Brands, which includes Saris car racks, CycleOps trainers and PowerTap power meters.

Jeff Frehner, Saris' COO, said he was delighted with the partnership.

Tagged Distributor news
Stefan Reisinger, the head of Eurobike and Klaus Wellmann, the CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of the the Eurobike show announced Tuesday that next year's show will be July 31-Aug. 3, roughly splitting the difference between the show's traditional dates in late summer and the early summer positioning of this year's show, which opens this Sunday, July 8.

Tagged Eurobike

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP's annual Frostbike event will be held Feb. 20–23, 2019 at QBP headquarters here. Registration is complimentary for all QBP retailers and opens early November.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association has added Ximena Florez, Jessica Kelleher and Jazmin Valera to its board of directors.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — Two companies that make stainless steel spokes in the U.S. are having to adjust to a 25 percent tariff on imported steel. Both brands said so far they've been able to avoid price increases.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

VENTURA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zeitbike is now exclusively distributing TSG Technical Safety Gear products in the U.S. and Canada.

TSG started in 1988 in the skateboard industry and has become a popular maker of pads and helmets for BMX, mountain bikers, snowboarders and others. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Guillermo Rojas has joined USA Cycling as director of marketing and communications. Rojas has more than two decades of sports, brand and event experience, including several years working in the Olympic movement and cycling.

Tagged People

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bikepacking.com and Bunyan Velo are working together to introduce a new bi-annual print publication called The Bikepacking Journal. The journal will be more than 130 pages of stories and photography.

LONDON (BRAIN) — The Global Cycling Network has launched a new Spanish language channel, GCN en Español. The company said it is the first part of a major expansion plan of internationalisation.

Tagged Media/Publishing

SAINT-GEORGES, Québec (BRAIN) — As of last month, Procycle, the parent company of Rocky Mountain, Miele and eVox, has been renamed as Rocky Mountain. The Québec-based company also announced that it is phasing out the Miele and eVox names and will exit the hybrid market to focus mountain bikes, including e-MTBs.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of Taipei Cycle say the trade show's shift from spring to fall will last just one year. 

The show will be held this fall, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Taipei World Trade Center. For the 2019-2021 shows, the event will move back to March.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwanese e-bike exports were up 34 percent in units and 55 percent in dollars through April, as the country's bicycle industry rapidly gears up to supply e-bikes to the world.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Effective Sunday, July 1, Serfas will take over sole distribution of Benno Bikes in the United States.

SUMNER, Wash. (BRAIN) — J&B Importers has promoted longtime employee B. Michael Johnson to general manager of the distributor’s Pacific facility in Sumner, Washington.

Tagged People

AMSTERDAM (BRAIN) — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., the privately held developer and licenser of the patented NuVinci continuously variable planetary transmission technology, emerged from restructuring under Chapter 11 this week.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has worked with Interbike to develop an expanded Supplier Seminar Series during the show this fall. 

Tagged Interbike

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