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WESTPORT, Conn. (BRAIN) — Following a secondary stock offering this week, Compass Diversified Holdings, the former majority owner of Fox Factory, now owns just 14 percent of the company.

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Knight Composites has hired Tyler Robertson as its director of sales and marketing. Robertson will direct sales team expansion, as well as head up global marketing initiatives for the company.

Tagged People

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Former mountain bike world champion and Liv Cycling ambassador Leigh Donovan is launching a new instructional video series: Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills 201, the follow-up to her Mountain Bike Skills 101 series.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BURNABY, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Rob Moore, the director of engineering for Race Face and Easton Cycling, has died at 46, the company said. He died Sunday of an aggressive form of melanoma cancer, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his wife Catherine and their three young children.

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — Brompton Bicycle is running a 2-minute ad spot in Times Square. The campaign, the brand's first outdoor ad in the U.S., is aimed at city residents and visitors. The U.K.-based brand opened an office in Brooklyn last year. 

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Cycling blog has begun soliciting voluntary reader subscriptions. The site also continues to accept advertising in what publisher Patrick Brady called an "NPR-style" model. 

Tagged Web/Internet / Media/Publishing

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Knolly Bikes is launching an online sales program for its bikes that includes its IBD clients.

Tagged Omnichannel
Cinema's Freecoaster hub.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Blackout Distribution, which owns the Kink and Mission BMX brands, has acquired Cinema BMX,.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — "Like it or not, Mr. Trump will be the President and we should give him a chance. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am someone who cares deeply about the future of OUR country."

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Beeline and Velofix, the two fastest-growing mobile bike service franchise businesses in the U.S., have signed on to enlist all of their mechanics as mechanic members of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

Tagged Mobile service

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) — Portland Design Works is the latest brand to join The Bike Cooperative' list of supplier partners. Effective immediately, member retailers of The Bike Cooperative will earn rebates on direct and distributor purchases of all PDW products.

Osprey also hires a new VP of finance and appoints a new board chairman.

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs has hired Layne Rigney as its new president. Rigney was most recently president of CamelBak, where he worked for 11 years.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has been named the sole U.S. distributor for Bopworx, the maker of reusable bike protection products for shipping and auto rack use.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Compass Diversified Holdings and Robert C. Fox, Jr. are selling at least 3.5 million shares in Fox Factory Holding Co., according to documents filed with the Security and Exchange Commission this week.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Outside Magazine's annual list of the 100 "Best Places to Work" is out and includes a handful of companies involved in the bike industry. 

Jason Smith (left) and Martin Banke.

HOLSTEBRO, Denmark (BRAIN) — Danish high-end component and bearing manufacturer CeramicSpeed has acquired Friction Facts, a Boulder, Colorado-based testing lab.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed passed H.R. 4665, the Outdoor REC (Recreation's Economic Contributions) Act, which would require the Departments of Commerce and Labor to provide statistics on how outdoor recreation contributes to the nation's economy.

ST. LAURENT, Quebec (BRAIN) — Raymond Lanctôt Ltd., a sporting goods distributor, has launched a new bike division that will focus on the Canadian distribution of brands including Benno Bikes, Melon Helmets and Suomy Helmets.

Tagged Distributor news

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Borealis Fat Bikes has launched a new online selling program that the company said will protect its current dealers. 

Tagged Omnichannel

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pat Hus, vice president of Interbike, was recently named show director of the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show (SLTS). Emerald Expositions owns and operates SLTS, as well as Interbike, Outdoor Retailer, and more than 80 trade shows, conferences and summits.


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