A month after Beijing-based ‘smart’ road bike brand SpeedX concluded its phenomenally successful launch on Kickstarter, Cycling iQ chatted with SpeedX CEO and co-founder Li Gang on behalf of CyclingTips to find out what happens next.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal continued to spruik the establishment of a ‘cycle valley’ in the district of Ludhiana after a joint meeting of the national bicycle associations of India and China at the 2016 China Cycle exhibition held over the weekend.
This week: SCOTT Sports opens first Technology Centre in Bangalore, considers local assembly; India’s bicycle manufacturers concerned with imports of Chinese-made bicycles; Shimano announces disappointing FY2016 Q1 results; 2016 China Cycle show underway Friday; Australian 3D-printed bike manufacturer Bastion Cycles launches online bike design tool.
When I first emailed Li Fuyu (李富玉) last week to see if we could have a chat on Friday, the only condition stipulated by the 37-year old Shandong native was that I call after midday, because he was going riding in the morning.
This week: two new ‘Smart road bikes from China; Ridley to sell ‘localised’ bikes in India; the Australian Bicycle Industry discusses how to deal with the internet; Campagnolo back in the hunt for OEM business.
This week: Alibaba shakes up global sports sector; Starkenn Sports to manufacture ‘high-end’ bicycles in India; Specialized announces global layoffs; European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA) appeals cancellation of Giant China’s dumping conviction; the value of a good brand spokesperson.
China’s sports industry is on the cusp of a boom unlike anything previously seen. But even with trillions of yuan on the line, will cycling be a beneficiary or just a second-tier sport ailing behind basketball and football?
This week: Giant wishes you a Happy MY2017; Biketo.com’s car vs bike brand analogy; Bicycle Cafe retail concept finds flavour in Cambodia; Deadline looms for 2015 Jelajah Malaysia prize money payments; Taiwan’s bicycle exports to Italy booming.
It is by now well established that the majority of the professional peloton’s bikes come from factories in Taiwan as do most of the carbon road bikes on European shop floors. So why is China not getting its slice of the pie?
In marketing a bicycle, it helps to have a unique selling proposition which often includes “lightest”, “fastest” or some other superlative adjective. In pitching themselves to potential clients, bicycle manufacturers seek to cut through in a similar way.