September 2006 Kent, WA: SEATTLE BIKE SUPPLY and AXO SPORT have just teamed up, with SBS signing-on as the exclusive U.S. distributor for all AXO cycling products. Starting in time for the holiday season, SBS will begin providing IBD’s with some of the finest, best-fitting cycling gear in the business. From jerseys to shoes, pants to gloves, dealers will have four satellite warehouses to receive product from quickly.“Our mission is to develop and manufacture the industry’s finest apparel, footwear and accessories for both motorsport and cycling, and for every skill level of riding -- from beginner to champion,” AXO CFO Nicola Serragiotto said. “AXO products have long been distinguished for design, innovation and distinctiveness amongst our competitors. And Seattle Bike Supply comes to us with a distinguished reputation in the bike business,” said Alessandra Zago, president of AXO. ”We are thrilled to have AXO added to our product offering,” commented SBS president Chuck Hooper. “AXO knows how to make great product and I can humbly state that we do a nice job of selling-to and servicing dealers; so this partnership is ideal. Many of our salesreps and employees have given testament to the quality and great fit of AXO clothing.”
September 2006 Seattle, WA - Seattle Bike Supply Inc.(SBS), an Accell Group company (Accell Group N.V.) and owners of Redline Bicycles, and Ten Pack Distribution (sister company to MacNeil Bikes Inc.) are proud to announce a two-part distribution deal designed to grow brand awareness and revenues for both Redline and MacNeil within the Canadian and US markets respectively. This synergistic deal brings together SBS and Ten Pack, two of the most respected distribution companies within the North American bicycle market.
System Cycle is proud to announce that it is now the exclusive US distributor for Germany’s Mankind Bicycle Company and the U.K’s Proper Bike Co. If you will be Interbike make sure to stop by the System Cycle booth (Booth #5565) September 27-29 to check out all the great products from both these brands as well as DK, FlyBikes, Suelo, Failure, The Shadow Conspiracy, Terrible One, Coalition and many more.
The latest Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany was the biggest one ever. Even for BMX it had quite a bit to offer. Usually it's the same few big brands that show the new product but the 2006 version of it had the biggest ('core) German BMX distributors (Allride, G&S, La Finca, Unity) display their new stuff. Some had a booth outside (Allride, KingKong, Kuwahara, Perv and they were lucky with the super weather in Friedrichshafen. It was a stacked show which had over 31,000 trade visitors, 19,684 visitors on the Open House Day and 1,064 journalists from 32 countries.
September 1, 2006 - *Sidewall Distribution is proud to announce the addition of two brands to its ever-expanding product range. Effective immediately, Sidewall Distribution will be responsible for the **U.S.** distribution of Roundabout Brand, in addition to So, What Does That Mean?*Roundabout Brand* is a clothing brand established by Hoffman Bikes rider Bas Keep and partner in crime Robin Fenlon, with support from assorted friends scattered throughout the U.K. The brand, spearheaded just last year, boasts a team that consists of such luminary riders as Ali Whitton, Robin Fenlon, Owain Clegg, Caleb Kilby and Hoffman Bikes U.K. rider Chris Souter, in addition to Keep and Fenlon.
August 31st , 2006, Lake Forest, CA -Heading into to 2008 product development cycle, Felt Bicycles announces that Alan Foster will be taking on the duties of an Assistant Product Manager for Felt BMX. Brian Wilson, Director of Product Development, said: “The new responsibilities of specifying the bikes and working with Asian suppliers are in addition to the duties already on Alan’s plate with BMX Team Management and BMX Marketing. Considering the fact that Alan is working essentially every facet of the BMX category, his official title has become BMX Brand Manager. We congratulate Alan on his new position and welcome him to the PD team.”
Alex rims, manufacturers of some super BMX rims are proud to announce, that you can reach ALEXRIMS from today via our new European Office."Our European Office and our Team in Taiwan will work together, to give you our excellent support."
SBS ADDS BATAVUS, WINORA & LAPIERRE TO THEIR DISTRIBUTION NETWORK, AND WILL START WAREHOUSING REDLINE BIKES IN EUROPE. Kent, WA: SEATTLE BIKE SUPPLY, an Accell group company and owners of the brand name Redline, have recently appointed additional distributors to broaden its reach in Europe. In the USA, Redline Bicycles continues to be an industry leader of BMX bikes in the racing and freestyle categories. The additional distribution channels for Redline will be BATAVUS, WINORA and LAPIERRE. Batavus will represent Redline exclusively in the Benelux countries, while Winora will offer additional distribution in Germany and Austria. Lapierre Bicycles, based in France, will distribute the brand in Spain. Batavus ,Winora and Lapierre are all Accell Group companies.
Arcadia, California – After nearly 25 years of manufacturing the world’s greatest BMX racing components, Crupi’s current owner Benny Joseph is ready for a change. Benny, now 71 years old will be focusing all of his attention on his other company; Mortech Manufacturing and handing over Crupi to his General Manager and good friend, Greg Swingrover. Greg has an extensive background in BMX including 16 years of racing experience. Greg is the founding “S” of S & M Bicycles, a 10 year veteran with GT Bicycles as well as working the past 10 years as Crupi’s General Manager and front man. Greg’s vision for Crupi is first and foremost to continue making the best “high-end” racing components on the planet as well as moving the company forward with newer products and perhaps adding a more affordable line of racing products.
The other day Omar who rides for Pyskopath Industries/Bikes invited me over to their ramps in San Undisclosed , California. Psykopath started out as a rider owned racing team and later added on a freestyle team as well as products. Their "training facility" and office is based out of a house with a large ramp in the backyard. The entrance to the office is the best part since everyone walks up the ramp and climbs through the window. Inside there are bike parts everywhere and if there were any strangled hookers, they hid them well. Zack Held the team manager showed me the prototype of their 5150 frame. It has been revised to include a Spanish BB, internal headset and they shaved a bit of weight off as well.