Steve Frothingham

Steve is in his second stint at BRAIN. He was here at the beginning in 1992 while still working for a bike shop in Santa Fe, N.M. He wrote several articles for BRAIN's first issue and later joined the staff, eventually becoming managing editor and then executive editor.

After leaving BRAIN in 1997 he worked for several news organizations including The Associated Press and VeloNews before rejoining BRAIN as web editor in 2011.

He is based in Longmont, Colorado, and is an enthusiastic (and slow) road, mountain bike and cyclocross rider.

All articles by Steve Frothingham

August 8, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ibis Cycles is now manufacturing size small Ripley LS carbon fiber mountain bike frames at its facility in Santa Cruz. The company said it has developed new carbon manufacturing techniques that reduce labor costs, making U.S. production more viable, and it hopes to bring more production back to the U.S. eventually.

Posted in Industry News
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August 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has approved the inclusion of e-bikes and e-bike motors on the list of $16 billion worth of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting Aug. 23.

Posted in Industry News
July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Two members of the U.S. e-bike industry testified Wednesday in opposition to the Trump adminstration's proposed 25 percent tariff on e-bikes from China.

Posted in Industry News
July 26, 2018

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports, owner of Enve and Mavic, reported Thursday that sales in its cycling division were down 13 percent in the first half of 2018, to 60 million euros ($70 million). In the second quarter, sales in the division were down 11 percent. 

Posted in International
July 18, 2018

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — The European Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on e-bikes from China, with tariffs ranging from 21.8 to 83.6 percent, depending on which factory produced the bikes.

Posted in International
Tariffs range from 22 to 84 percent depending on factory.
July 11, 2018

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The 17-year-old Czech Republic brand, Apache Bicycles, made its first Eurobike appearance here this year. Apache's branding shocked some visitors from the U.S.

Posted in International
July 10, 2018

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — A collaboration between the Italian auto brand Maserati, the Danish e-bike brand Diavelo (an Accell Group brand), and the Chinese e-bike motor maker Bafang has resulted in a line of Maserati e-bikes on display at Eurobike here this week. 

Posted in Product/Tech
July 9, 2018
Wike's Bob Bell with the Salamander in stroller mode.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The July timing might be a change, but Eurobike remains a key product introduction opportunity for many suppliers. Here's a look at some of the introductions BRAIN spied on the event's opening day.

Posted in Product/Tech
First day Eurobike report: New stuff from Wike, CeramicSpeed, Oakley, Saris, Gates, Bryton, and more.
July 5, 2018
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.

Posted in International
July 2, 2018

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.

Posted in Industry News

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