American BMX Company (ABC), is excited to announce the acquisition of Race Inc. Quality BMX Products, from Chris Hancock. ABC will relaunch the brand with an eye on pushing the limits of BMX innovation and design. ABC, based in Montreal, is owned by Marc Côté, a businessman and entrepreneur with a background in robotic engineering, film and television VFX. Like many BMX company owners dating back to the sport’s beginning, Côté is the parent of kids who race BMX. He also raced in the 1980s, coincidentally, on a Race Inc. RA-7, which he still has.
“Life takes us all on a ride. But life’s many obligations can pull us away from our roots. My roots are in BMX. As a father, I had the pleasure of watching my boys riding, jumping and racing BMX bikes. Watching them ride, my own past came back to me,” Côté said.
“Being around BMX again reignited my passion and, more important, reminded me that my 10 years in BMX gave me more than fun. BMX fostered in me things I have carried into every aspect of my life—my
Name shop: Paul's Boutique BMX Location: Dorpsstraat 66A, 5735EE Aarle-Rixtel The Netherlands (Europe) Years in business: 23 years (April 1st 1995) Employees: 1
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? Paul's Boutique BMX: With only 10 Dutch riders remaining in 1995 and no BMX Shop in the country I decided it was a good idea to start a BMX Shop to keep those 10 riders on their bikes.
What was your first location like? Paul's Boutique BMX: In my backyard I built a small shed to put the bikes on display, a small shed for Parts/Maintenance/hangout where I had to get my motorcycle out first before a customer could see the parts etc. hahaha. Then first floor in the house was for clothing en the second floor was the
Haro Bikes is happy to announce that it has named IMG Distribution Ltd as its exclusive distributor of Haro branded products in the UK and Ireland. "IMG Distribution Ltd is a solid distributor with extensive experience in BMX, and well respected by the bicycles industry in the UK and is a perfect fit for the distribution of Haro Adult and BMX product," noted Pete Garski, VP of Int'l Sales & Product Development for Haro.
"We believe that IMG Distribution Ltd, with its strong commitment to the independent bicycle retail channel and their customers, will play a key role in the future growth and expansion of our brands," noted Garski. "We're excited about Haro products appearing in the market again in the upcoming months."
FBM started out as a crew. Just some friends stoked on bikes. Through our curiosity and bike riding fueled smiles, we ended up as a full fledged bike company. Unfortunately, as of January 1st we have closed the machine shop and FBM will no longer manufacture bikes. This has been an unbelievably tough decision and we explored multiple options to maintain business as usual but we simply aren’t able to keep moving forward under existing model. That being said, we can’t thank everyone enough for being a part of FBM and helping us get this far in the world. The FBM Machine Shop opened in 2001 and built some of the best parts in BMX for 18 amazing years. You helped us build fun and share the message of community, positivity and DIY good times and we appreciate the support more than I even know how to express.
Kink BMX is now hiring for an in-house Creative Director / Graphic Designer. Kink is looking for someone passionate in creative direction, graphic design, and BMX to add to its team in Rochester. This position also covers graphic design for Kink’s OEM parts brand, Mission BMX.
Location: Rochester, New York Available: Immediately Position: Full Time & In-House Wages: Competitive Benefits: Health Care Options, Vacation Time, Bonus Plan, Free Product Allowance Position Description and Responsibilities • Maintain and guide the brands visual identity in a unified and profitable way • Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
AMain.com, Inc has acquired certain assets of XP Innovations LLC who has owned and operated Dan’s Comp, The World’s Largest BMX Store, since 2005. Notably, AMain has purchased the domain and trademarks of Danscomp.com. Preparations are underway to quickly onboard a number of key brands in the freestyle segment and bring back the Race Category before the 2020 season gets underway.
Making the decision during the summer to identify someone to carry on the legacy of Dan’s Comp was a difficult decision for XP Innovations owners, who were also some of the longest tenured employees of Dan’s. Although multiple parties expressed interest, they chose to leave the brand in the hands of AMain as it was important to them that the new owners were vested in the industry and had a passion for BMX. Over the last several years, AMain.com, the parent company of Performance Bike, Bike Nashbar and AMain Cycling, has proudly supported a national level BMX Race Team, local racers of Silver Dollar BMX, and were instrumental in the construction of Chico’s public pump track.
GT Bicycles, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), today announced that Jeff Zielinski, a legendary photographer on the Freestyle BMX scene for 20 years, has joined the GT BMX Freestyle crew as Team Manager. As Team Manager, Jeff will take charge of growing the GT Freestyle BMX program and keeping stoke and motivation high among the team. He will collaborate with the athletes including Brian Kachinsky, Albert Mercado, Dan Conway, Jeff “With Glasses” Ludwig, Leandro Moreira, Tate Roskelley, and Rob Wise to develop unique and interesting content, events and more.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work extensively with the GT BMX team for the last five years and I couldn’t feel more at home traveling, riding, and shooting photos with any other crew in BMX,” said Zielinski.
Zeal BMX Distribution will close its doors on 1st September 2019. Its UK dealers are invited to check its B2B website now for a closing down trade sale. “As a rider-owned company, this was a gut-wrenching decision to make,” said a statement. “However, as a business, we cannot ignore the downturn the BMX industry has taken in the last few years. After seeing many brands, dealers and companies come and go over our last 12 years (nearly 17 years if you include our predecessor ‘Padded Cell Ltd’ which we started this company off the back of in 2007 when its parent company folded). That downturn, along with a major change in the traditional brand-distributor-retailer supply chain framework to a more