Specialized

  • Market Talk

    by - Feb 19, 2016
    This week: Specialized’s Very Special Things micro-site; Pirelli shareholders approve Chinese merger; Australian Bicycle Industry summit to be held in Canberra next month; Velo-city Taipei; welcome to industry publication Cycle Trade; Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles merger analysis....Read More
  • Market Talk

    by - Feb 10, 2016
    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....Read More
  • Trek’s new Emonda ALR a sign of things to come

    by - Apr 29, 2015
    In the last decade of composite everything, the release of a new aluminium road bike should elicit little more than wearied acknowledgement from a carbon-centric industry. Yet push aside the Alpha this and invisible weld that on this month’s latest product...
  • Indian cycling turns pro: Specialized KYNKYNY

    by - Apr 4, 2012
    A major milestone in India’s evolution as a professional cycling region was achieved on Saturday, 31 March in Bangalore, with the launch of the country’s first fully-sponsored professional cycling team; Specialized KYNKYNY. As Cycling iQ discovered,...
  • Cycling iQ Twintel

    by - Apr 1, 2012
    Noise emanating from professional cycling’s European spring classics understandably drowned out the distant hum of bicycle industry and racing snippets from Asia; which doesn’t mean nothing happened in this part of the world. Ad men, analysis, embargoes, trade secrets...
  • Cycling iQ Twintel

    by - Mar 25, 2012
    In this week’s edition of Twintel: Giant and Merida shareholders watch paper fortunes rise and rise; whilst Sonova shareholders go after Director, and BMC owner, Andy Rihs. Tour of China doubles up. New market entries by...
  • Merida’s Tour de France ambition

    by - Mar 14, 2012
    Merida Industry Co., Ltd, Taiwan’s second largest bicycle manufacturing company after Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd, is now actively pursuing entry to the Tour de France. But first, the brand needs a team. Cycling iQ spoke about...
  • Shadow optic: the manufacturing partner paradox

    by - Feb 14, 2012
    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...
  • Specialized v Volagi: open and shut lawsuit

    by - Jan 6, 2012
    Earlier this week, news broke that Specialized was embroiled in yet another lawsuit; this time, with near-neighbor Volagi bikes. Even 15 months after initial filing, the thrust of the case has not been exactly clear. Cycling...
  • Vertical limit: blissful detachment, export utopia

    by - 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...