It seems that whenever mainstream media talks about road bikes, Italian brands feature frequently as the ultimate representation of our aspirations while, in contrast, those from Taiwan are suggested as affordable stepping stones to something better. But despite powerful brand narratives, virtually all famous Italian brands have pivoted to Taiwan (or further afield in Asia) for manufacturing … Continue reading
Five years after Swiss bicycle manufacturer BMC proudly unveiled its new carbon production facility in Grenchen, Switzerland, the reality of achieving the initial objectives behind its creation have proven insurmountable.
It’s been a while between drinks, but the latest ‘UPDATE Sport and Technical’ bulletin from the UCI’s Sport and Technical department once again provides some interesting snippets for cycling enthusiasts with an appreciation for finer detail about the machinery beneath, and behind, the peloton.
Californian-based ‘American Artisan Bicycles’ launched in July 2011 as a nonprofit carbon bicycle manufacturing cooperative with an objective to “design and build superior quality, innovative carbon bicycles in the USA that are cost competitive with Asian imports.”
The China National Light Industry Council (CNLIC) is a national organisation that services and monitors the performance of 26 industry associations on the mainland, including the bicycle industry. It recently released its list of the top ten bicycle enterprises in China, based on evaluation of each company’s market, profitability, revenue and volume.
2012 marks a major milestone for Giant; two decades have passed since the Taiwanese brand first forayed onto the mainland. Following a tour of Giant’s impressive new factory in Kunshan, Cycling iQ sat down with Giant China’s GM of domestic marketing, Kevin Zhu, to get a status update on the company’s progress in China.
From its roots as a Taiwanese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in 1972, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd broke ground in China 20 years later, when it opened its first manufacturing facility in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, on October 8, 1992.
A splendidly frivolous week of riding in New Zealand earlier this month means this week’s edition of Twintel covers the last fortnight of Cycling iQ Twitter highlights. In this installment: AsiaTour contrasts, Chinese bicycle market data, Giant Bicycles hits revenue wall in NZ, composites supplier Toray goes back to Uni and a cool new gig … Continue reading
The most time-consuming part of any article, especially an analysis piece, at Cycling iQ is research. One of the great by-products of combing through large amounts of information is the discovery of interesting files and documents. InSight posts will be published whenever a notable find deserves a wider airing.
Who really makes your bike? It is a simple enough question. Country of origin has traditionally been a touchy subject for brands that rely on Asia-based ‘manufacturing partners’, let alone revealing who the partners are. Discovering the factory behind the brand is a stubbornly topical pastime amongst bicycle consumers. What’s all the fuss about?