Taichung Bike Week

Posted November 25, 2013

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of Taichung Bike Week have set dates for the event in 2014—Nov. 4-7. Formosa 900, an opportunity for the industry to cycle around the island, begins Nov. 8.

Posted November 10, 2013
Center-drive-motor system retains the name of its predecessor.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s latest entry into the e-bike powertrain market takes aim at Bosch with a center-drive motor that will be introduced in Europe in 2014.

Posted November 7, 2013
The BOS Deville fork

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — BOS Suspension forks and shocks have been some of Europe’s most desired suspension components, but unless you ordered from Europe you were not going to ride them.

Posted November 7, 2013

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Too much success poses as many issues as too little, and that’s what now confronts organizers of Taichung Bike Week. Has it become too big? And is it attracting the right vendors?

Posted November 6, 2013

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Hearing from dealers that Chain Reaction or Wiggle is offering products below wholesale is not a phone call any supplier wants to field.

Posted November 6, 2013
Wick and Ollie Thomas

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — KORE, a longtime mountain bike brand with early roots in Southern California’s dirt scene, is enjoying a resurgence in sales as a growing list of bicycle companies again spec the iconic company’s products.

Posted November 6, 2013
MicroShift's mountain bike shifter test machine.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Being a viable alternative to Shimano is not easy for the small Taiwanese company MicroShift.

Posted November 5, 2013
Erik Saunders, VP's brand manager in the U.S.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—When Shimano announced its distribution shakeup in July, a number of Taiwanese component suppliers began calculating the odds of picking up additional aftermarket

Posted November 4, 2013

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Johnny Lin has been busy since returning to the family business in 2010.

Posted November 4, 2013
Taiwan's OE show opens this week in Taichung
SRAM's OE sales team sit on the front steps of the Tempus Hotel Monday afternoon sharing a six-pack of Taiwan's finest--Taiwan Beer.  Photo: Marc Sani

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Hundreds of product managers, distributors and suppliers from around the world are flooding into Taichung on Monday in preparation for Taichung Bike Week, or TBW for short.

Posted November 26, 2012

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — We may not know what to call it, but the 650b/27.5-inch tire is not wishful thinking or hype: It's coming at the industry like a freight train.

Posted November 26, 2012
Tom Ritchey welded up this 650B in 1980.

Once viewed as the less-extreme alternative to the 29er, perhaps suitable for longer travel and/or smaller frame sizes, 650B is quickly emerging as the staple size of mountain bikes of the near future.

Posted November 15, 2012

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Since showing its first set of hydraulic road disc brakes on Colnago’s C59 road bike at this year’s Taipei Cycle show, Formula has been fielding a nearly endless stream of inquiries from potential OEM customers.

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