Industry

  • Vertical limit: blissful detachment, export utopia

    - Nov 5, 2011
    1991. Shimano STI was introduced, Miguel Indurain’s five-year Tour de France dominance began, teens moshed to ‘Nevermind’, and the World Wide Web officially launched to the public. Bicycles were purchased in bike shops and carbon fiber...
  • Vertical limit: bicycle business under pressure

    - Nov 3, 2011
    Accessibility used to be all that stood between a bicycle brand and a consumer. Today, it’s more complicated. Multiple business models co-exist, creating a plethora of purchasing options for consumers. It is both exciting and confronting....
  • Easton-Bell Sports sues: Specialized’s plea to US bicycle retailers

    - Oct 21, 2011
    A year after launching its Giro cycling footwear category, Easton Bell-Sports has sued Specialized Bicycles, alleging the Morgan Hill-based bicycle manufacturer – with its own extensive range of branded footwear – sent a dealer agreement addendum...
  • UCC bicycles: the Avanti connection

    - Oct 14, 2011
    Yesterday, Cycling iQ explored the development of emerging bicycle brand UCC in its home territory of China. Though UCC produces 50,000 self-branded bicycles each year, another 400,000 units are produced in its factories for other well-known...
  • UCC bicycles: not another giant

    - Oct 13, 2011
    Siloed in the NE Asia market (with Indonesia an exception), UCC might well be the biggest bicycle brand you never heard of. Since inception five years ago, Universal Cycle Corporation’s year-on-year growth is modest in the context...
  • Trek China’s game plan for growth

    - Oct 6, 2011
    Trek Bicycle Corporation began direct market activities in China in 2005, launching with 20 independent retailers and two Trek Concept stores. In 2011, Trek China boasts 260 retail outlets nationwide. Whilst general economic growth has been...
  • Australian Retail Cycle Traders Association

    - Sep 29, 2011
    Amongst the 220 delegates attending the inaugural Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress in Brisbane, peak bodies of the Australian bicycling industry were also contributing. Retail Cycle Trade Association Executive Officer Graham Bradshaw met with Cycling iQ to explain...