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TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — More than 13,500 people attended the four-day in-person TAIPEI Cycle trade show for the Asian industry that ended Saturday.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

MILAN (BRAIN) — PIrelli announced Thursday that it would halt its operations in Russia except for security tasks.

UPDATE: Pirelli halts operations in Russia; Orbea stopped operations the day after the invasion.

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN) — Most bike suppliers tell BRAIN they have stopped doing business in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision to end business there is due to the difficulty of operating under banking sanctions and the voluntary decision by some shipping companies to stop delivering in Russia. Or a happy coincidence of both.

CUMBRIA, England (BRAIN) — Lyon Cycle announced a United Kingdom distribution agreement with Industry Nine. The brand will be led in the UK by Lyon Cycle Market Manager Jordan Lunn.

Tagged Distributor news

WELLINGBOROUGH, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Storskogen UK has acquired the majority of shares of cycling parts and accessories distributor Extra UK.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

MILAN (BRAIN) — Pirelli has begun making its high-end P Zero Race road and mountain bike tires at its factory in Bollate, Italy. The factory, first opened in 1962, was recently modernized to accommodate production of the brand's high-end models. 

The Merida Scultura 5 Team

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The Awards Pavillion at the Taipei Cycle show features 33 awards winners across several categories, including electrification, IoT, systematic solutions, and green elements in product design

BRAIN talks with Leonor Lin, the president of TAITRA, the trade group that organizes the shows.
Leonor Lin, President of TAITRA

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — As the industry struggles to overcome supply chain challenges that are likely to increase due to the war in Ukraine, the Asian industry gathers this week at the TAIPEI Cycle trade show and its DigitalGo virtual show.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

BERLIN (BRAIN) — Signa Sports United has taken a stake in Buzzbike, a U.K.-based bike subscription service. The company said the deal will enable Buzzbike to expand into U.S. and European cities, starting with a planned community in Florida.

TEL AVIV (BRAIN) — Dmitry Nechaev, the owner of Sochi, Russia-based Triton Bikes, is asking industry suppliers and customers to continue to do business with his company, which he is planning to re-establish outside of Russia.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Signa Sports United, the publicly traded parent of Wiggle CRC and other e-commerce sites, reported a net sales increase of 11% in its first quarter. But it says the increase would have been higher if not for the shortage of complete bikes available in the quarter.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

(VELONEWS) — Look Cycle has immediately ended its association with the Gazprom-RusVelo team as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

HOYA, Germany (BRAIN) — Hermann Hartje KG announced Tuesday it has expanded its Mavic distribution to Sweden. This comes a year after it expanded into Denmark and the Benelux countries.

Tagged Distributor news

KENT, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Brompton announced plans Friday for a new global headquarters to be completed in 2027 in the town of Ashford in Kent as the UK's largest bike manufacturer aims to produce more than 200,000 bikes yearly.

Tagged DEI and Sustainability

BIEL, Switzerland (BRAIN) — DT Swiss will acquire disc brake company Trickstuff. The acquisition is expected to be completed on Jan. 1.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

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.

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

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

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.

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