Industry Digest: Crowd Funding 36" eBikes, Canfield Bikes' Relocation, Recalls & More

Apr 15, 2024
by Ed Spratt  
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DirtySixer crowdfunds e-bikes with 32-inch and 36-inch wheels
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

DirtySixer is conducting a crowd-funding campaign to build e-bikes with 36-inch and 32-inch wheels. The company has been selling 36-inch wheel bikes and e-bikes for several years, and teased a 32-inch prototype in 2017. Now it is bringing the 32-inch size to market with the campaign.

According to the brand, bikes with the 32-inch wheel size is for riders that are about the size of Kobe Bryant (six-foot-six) while the 36er is for someone more like Shaquille O'Neal (seven-foot-one). The 32-inch model will come in XL and 2XL sizes, while the 36-inch model comes in 3XL and 4XL.

The 32-inch bike comes with DirtySixer Vee T-Monster 2.4-inch wide tires, while the larger wheel comes with the same tire in 2.25-inches wide. The company said the wider tire on the 32-inch bike makes it more of a mountain bike suitable for singletrack riding, while the 36-inch is better suited for gravel roads and commuting.
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Delta Cycle and Dimension brand stem raisers recalled because of fall hazard
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Delta Cycle and Dimension stem raisers are being recalled because they can shift during use and pose a fall hazard.

The recall affects about 500,000 units sold in the U.S., and about 8,510 sold in Canada. The affected Delta Cycle stem raisers are model numbers TD3318B, TD3318S, TD3418B, and TD3418S. The Dimension model numbers are SM1977 and SM1979. All of the models were sold in black and silver and measure between 5 and 7 inches high.
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House passes EXPLORE Act to enhance land and water management
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act, legislation supported by outdoor and bike industry groups.

The Senate is expected to discuss the bill in the coming weeks and has introduced bipartisan companion legislation — America's Outdoor Recreation Act — that has advanced out of committee.

The EXPLORE Act contains many bills that the Outdoor Alliance and its partners have helped develop and refine with lawmakers, including:

- The Biking on Long Distance Trails (BOLT) Act, identifying and creating more long-distance bike trails.
- The Protecting America's Rock Climbing Act, safeguarding wilderness climbing.
- The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act, improving recreational permitting for outfitters and guides.
- Codifying the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation and the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, which funds parks and green spaces in neighborhoods that need it most.

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Thule recalls RideAlong kids bike seats over chemical concern
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Thule is recalling some RideAlong rear-mounted kids bike seats because the harness padding can contain an excess of a flame-retardant chemical that can be toxic if ingested or comes into contact with skin or eyes.

The recall involves about 8,640 units sold in the U.S., and about 3,880 sold in Canada.

Consumers should stop using the RideAlong and contact Thule Group to register for free replacement harness padding and to receive instructions on how to return the recalled padding.
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Canfield Bikes moving again, this time to Poncha Springs, Colorado
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Canfield Bikes announced Wednesday it is relocating from Fruita to a location just outside Salida that includes a larger warehouse, connected office and retail space, and eventually will offer mountain bike demos and rentals.

The warehouse with additional shipping bays allows the brand to receive, store, and ship a larger volume of products. The new space also has multiple work benches and stands.

For the first time, Canfield will have demos and rentals available at the new location — which is not yet open to the public — beginning in late spring/early summer.
Canfield Nimble 9 Steel Hardtail - Purple Haze

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Bike industry safe after Taiwan earthquake
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Industry members in Taiwan say Wednesday's 7.4 magnitude earthquake did little more than shake up residents and perhaps knock some products off the shelves.

The earthquake, the strongest on the island since the September 1999 Jiji earthquake, left at least nine people dead and hundreds injured, according to news reports. The quake severely damaged buildings in some cities. It was centered off the east coast of the island and affected the capital city of Taipei. However, many of Taiwan's bike factories are in Taichung, which is on the west coast.

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MyStromer, Revolt Zycling settle patent infringement suit
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

MyStromer AG and Revolt Zycling AG settled a patent infringement lawsuit with the latter signing a cease-and-desist order and agreeing to pay a confidential settlement amount.

The Swiss Federal Patent Court and the Unified Patent Court ordered Revolt to stop manufacturing and marketing its first-generation Opium e-bikes, which are now banned from sale in Switzerland and various European Union markets.

MyStromer filed the suit for design infringement of the ST7 model. As part of the settlement, Revolt rescinds the nullity claims against the design, and myStromer grants a frame design license for certain models.
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Container of e-bikes valued at more than $500k stolen from British Columbia warehouse
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

A 40-foot shipping container with 150 Biktrix e-bikes valued at more than $500,000 — including some 2025 prototypes — was stolen from a warehouse here during the early morning hours of March 19.

According to Delta Police, a white Freightliner semi-tractor with "Ryder" written on the doors entered the warehouse at 1:01 a.m. A man and woman wearing dark clothing exited the truck and connected the trailer and drove away within minutes. The theft was reported 12 hours later to Delta Police.

On Friday, Langley Township officers found an empty semi-trailer illegally parked and missing the license plate that transported the e-bikes, according to police.

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Mancini sentenced to 71 months in prison in securities fraud case
By: Jane Primerano // Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Samuel J. Mancini is scheduled to report to the U. S. Bureau of Prisons in Colorado on Tuesday, April 2.

Mancini, who pled guilty to securities fraud, was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison after a day-long hearing in Federal court here on Tuesday. He was arrested in Denver in 2020 on fraud charges.

Mancini was accused of raising over $10 million from several investors to acquire legacy Italian cycling brands including De Rosa Cycles, De Marchi Apparel, Limar Helmets, and Gruppo Srl, the parent of Cinelli and Columbus. None of the acquisitions was completed and some of the investors said they never got their money back. Prosecutors said Mancini, the CEO of Outdoor Capital Partners, had engaged in a "Ponzi-like" scheme, using some funds earmarked for investments for personal use and to pay back earlier investors who were demanding their money back.

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Despite turbulent times, Haro Bikes is expanding and upgrading its model lineup
By: Dean Yobbi // Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Unlike many in the industry, Haro Bikes has been busy expanding instead of contracting. Unburdened by inventory concerns that have choked much of the industry, the longtime BMX and mountain bike brand is preparing what new Global Chief Commercial Officer Lars Hjort termed a full-line bike offering.

"It's a challenging but exciting time for us," Hjort said at Taipei Cycle on Thursday. He joined the company at the beginning of the year after stints at Specialized, Felt, and Marin.

In addition to Hjort, within the past year, Haro hired CEO Bjarke Rasmussen, formerly vice president of global operations for Cycling Sports Group; senior engineer Ty Buckenberger, formerly with Specialized; supply chain director Grasie Ooi, formerly with Blix Bicycles Inc.; and chief marketing officer Megan Tompkins, who has worked for Crankbrothers, Specialized, Shimano and BRAIN.
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104 Comments
  • 119 1
 The biggest takeaway I have from this, is somehow, over half a million steerer extenders have been sold in north America.
  • 67 6
 Actually the big take away is that many people want their bars higher. Maybe the industry should take note.
  • 2 0
 lol like what the hell haha
  • 26 1
 I see them on about 90% of dui bikes, its part of the giveaway that its a Dewey. That and inverted drop bars are two of the most common Dewey mod.
  • 39 1
 @RonSauce: along with no helmet, lit cigarette, riding in wrong bike lane..
  • 26 1
 I work at a bike shop and have sold these to people. They are mostly older people who want to sit more upright, so the easiest solution was to sell them a steerer extender.
  • 7 1
 @RonSauce: Inverted drops are what was called (in Albuquerque at least) "The DUI Flip"
  • 4 1
 @meata: I always felt a bit gross selling/installing them but yeah, 99% of buyers had AARP cards. Older backs and wrists need extra consideration but apparently also a design that stays put. Who knew? Always thought it looked janky but the custies sure loved them.
  • 7 2
 @RonSauce: Classic! I thought I was the only one who marked the DUI guys…Orange vested man, shitty kids bike, riding on the wrong side of the road, no helmet, etc. It’s hilarious others have noticed the pattern.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: ....its not a bike.....its a chopper.
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: chopper needs to have the forks lengthened too.
  • 4 0
 @RonSauce: I use my bike to avoid DUI's.
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: ....it's not a chopper....it's a grim donut
  • 2 0
 @mkul7r4: Over here if you get caught pissed whilst riding you can actually lose your driving licence...
  • 2 0
 @meata: Soon you’ll be able to sell them a new fork and a Dirty Sixer to do the job.
  • 3 2
 Blk and silver 5 and 7 inches high... Are these being sold to bike riders or sex shops?
  • 2 0
 @polarflux: I thought for sure you were from the western slope oil fields haha. Apparently Chicago suffers the same issues as Grand Junction
  • 3 2
 Anyone over 50 asked for one when I worked at a shop to install on their hybrid or e-bike. You could make a living on just selling stem risers.
  • 3 0
 @Bmxtar: I live in Alaska, but it’s the same everywhere.
  • 2 4
 @meata: I also work in a bike shop but I prefer not to sell a bad idea that's potentially hazardous even if the customer insists.
  • 1 0
 i never got those.. is that safe?
  • 2 0
 To lonely housewives wondering where the batteries go.
  • 2 0
 Check out the latest Just Riding Along podcast if you want some spicy details about how poorly this issue was handled by QBP - who owns and distributes the Dimension brand.
  • 2 0
 @fabwizard: I'm among those "people" with 75 mm rise bar in this low stack height world.
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: Yeah I haven't sold one in a while as I'm pretty sure we stopped carrying them in our shop. Plus it was mostly a deciding factor for some folks. Didn't sell them often though.
  • 1 0
 people, especially younger people want a cool looking bike, that usually means a fat tubing fat tire lower end mtb, older models had that forward race geometry, a lot of those bikes are now commuters. I see a lot these in my city, especially on old school mtbs.
  • 67 0
 29 ain’t dead.
  • 31 0
 Within 5 years we will only see them on kids bikes.
  • 4 2
 And Kobe isn't 6'6"
  • 10 1
 @IntoTheEverflow: circle of life, we will be back on penny-farthing talking about why carbon is the best for a 72" rim.
  • 9 0
 @gerhards: *wasn’t
  • 10 7
 @gerhards: Kobe is 6FT even now
  • 6 0
 @flattire: Too soon man, too soon.
  • 1 0
 Just about time to get penny-farthing mainstream. I mean mixed wheel size is already a thing…
  • 5 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: Yep, and dudes will be on here talking about how you get a 36 if you want to go fast, but a 29 if you want to have fun.
  • 8 2
 Perhaps wheel size should be fit according to your inseam? Just a thought.
  • 6 1
 @tacklingdummy: You got downvoted by a short dude who secretly knows he looks silly on a 29er.
  • 1 1
 @gnarlysipes: Actually 6 foot 7, but I like having options.
  • 1 0
 @gnarlysipes: I don't think so because I'm the short dude that is in between 27.5 and 29 and generally ride size small. Lol.

I have owned/ridden 26, 27.5, and 29 all extensively. I still like 29 front wheel for it's better rolling ability and stability. I can get away with a 29 rear wheel for normal riding, but my rear wheel really should be a 27.5 if riding aggressively, jumping, drops, chutes, etc. Rear tire crotch buzz is real and not good. However, it is tough being in between rear wheel sizes because if I mullet a bike, the climbing geometry and ability really goes down.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Why dont you get mullet bike then? Or one with a flip chip that's designed to swap between the two rear wheels if you wanna use both.
  • 1 0
 @flickr: I have had a mullet. It would be good to have both a 29er and mullet. Mullets generally don't climb well because they are more made for the downhills and have pretty agressive downhill geometry. So, I wouldn't want a mullet my only bike because I like a good climbing bike.
  • 62 1
 Can we crowdfund the removal of throttles from city ebikes? The bike lanes and sidewalks are getting way too gnar
  • 39 17
 Welcome to that ebike life… that’s the problem with allowing them, motorcycles are soon to follow. I see them all the time on the mountain trails and now you’re starting to see young kids without licenses riding surrons on the roads.

Thanks Ebike makers, this is all your fault…
  • 4 23
flag RonSauce (Apr 15, 2024 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Saidrick: powered scooters and bikes have always been available. How do you know their license status, are you traffic stopping people?
  • 18 0
 @Saidrick: Vegas has an incredible amount of bike paths at our disposal. The plan is to connect all of them to create a massive loop around the whole valley and it’s coming along nicely but there’s already lots of high speed electric travel (including one wheels and others) which is causing tension. Road bikes aren’t the fastest thing anymore and lots of the alt mobility users I’ll call them ride far too fast for other users and also their ability. I personally haven’t had issues in part because I keep an eye out In front and behind on the paths. Just had a buddy almost get T-boned by a dude on a class 2 absolutely hauling ass-like Way more than 35mph. Thing looked like a cafe racer (admittedly cool) with a full headlight and all. I appreciate that more people are ditching cars but there has to be education and communication between these user groups. The speed differential is far too great between these vehicles and walkers. Roadies at full speed already scare folks just walking their dogs (who are usually taking up the whole 2m wide path with a cool tripwire in between). Jokes aside it’s a multi-use path but it still says no motorized travel. Obviously everyone feels entitled to use it and no regulation will fix that but people gotta come together a bit. It’s a small problem at the moment in part because there’s miles of uninterrupted path that isn’t full of people yet but it’s coming. When the paths are congested and people are weaving through traffic someone is gonna get the sucker punch of a life time. You know it’ll be a hit and run too assuming the rider doesn’t crash. Preaching to the choir it sounds like but haven’t heard of anyone else having this issue online and I got excited. Thanks for listening lol
  • 25 1
 @Kiowa008: Yeah it’s a mess. I’m mostly disappointed that a generation of kids now think riding a bike doesn’t involve pedaling
  • 18 0
 @RonSauce: Because they’re always about 14 and their Surron has no plates. It’s not difficult to spot.
  • 6 1
 @Saidrick:

"...and now you’re starting to see young kids without licenses riding surrons on the..." residential streets of Beverly Hills.
  • 2 11
flag Mtbdialed (Apr 15, 2024 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 @Saidrick: sure. and it's Porsche's fault every time someone speeds in their 911.

JFC dude....
  • 10 1
 @Chondog94: Kids today don’t even know how to bridle or mount a horse either! Smh my head…
  • 10 0
 @Swervsroundsquirrels: I talked to a kid the other day who didn’t even know how to walk uphill both ways, this country is losing it
  • 1 2
 There were some children in my area shredding surrons around the neighborhood, one of em told me he got her up to 56 mph LMAO.... This kid was probably 9 years old. I busted out laughing right in front of him.
  • 31 2
 Offering these 32" and 36" bikes in XL only is total size-ism.
  • 21 1
 I'm 5'10" so I'm smack in the middle of 32 and 36, fml.
  • 14 0
 As someone who lives in the town Canfield moved to, its cool to see a medium brand moving into the town. Feels good to see that the trails we have here are actually good enough to incentivise someone like lance to move here. Time will tell I suppose
  • 9 0
 I mean, it's probably cheaper to go there instead of Salida as well. Not by much, but still cheaper. I'm super excited that Poncha Springs is adding on, Canfield will fit in great with the Thai place, the couple gas stations, that RV dealership and the tesla superchargers. Poncha Springs is on the rise!
  • 6 0
 I don't know about trails in poncha/salida proper, but greens is one of the best trails in CO.
  • 2 0
 They must be doing well if they’re expanding the business. That’s good news.
  • 3 0
 Lots to love about the valley and mountains surrounding Salida. As mentioned below, Greens Creek is one of the best descents in Colorado. Situated between Vino Salida and Elevation Brewing right off the bike path coming off Monarch Pass, makes access incredibly easy. Not to mention "S" Mt and Methodist Mt MTB zones just 4 miles away. It's kinda quiet here but I like that.
  • 1 4
 @flymybike: Greens Creek sucks ass. Crest Trail is much better.
  • 3 0
 @MonsterTruck: It only sucks if you don't have the technical proficiency or strength to manage the constant tech that the trail has. Its no A line but its definitely a popular trail for a reason
  • 2 0
 @Grady-Harris: it was a joke. Greens is one of my favorite trails, and by far the best in that zone. Got to race it in the MCE one year in wet/ Dirtus perfecticus conditions.

My sarcasm did not come through well.
  • 21 4
 People don’t seem to want to admit that ebikes are motorized
  • 13 1
 Who would want to steal 150 Biktrix e-bikes???
  • 19 1
 Someone who wants to burn everything they own to the ground.
  • 4 1
 @samnation: Can you back up that statement? Are Biktrix bikes more prone to fire issues than the average e-bike from known brands?
  • 11 1
 I'm not buying into the 36er trend. Show me a 36/32 mullet option though.....! Smile .
  • 3 1
 At 6'2" I'd legit love to try a 32/29 mullet.
  • 9 0
 the Delta stem riser failed, what a shocker!
  • 2 0
 Half a million sold, the pandemic really did get new people riding bikes.
  • 2 0
 you even see the occasional person mountain biking with them.
  • 13 0
 heard Dak is running one this season
  • 3 0
 I’m looking forward to seeing BMX bars on townies and even MTBs.
  • 1 0
 @MonsterTruck: You don't have to look forward to that. Those bikes are already here. Lots of people rebuilding nineties mtb's in to bikes for all kind of purposes, and many get raised bars and also BMX bars,
  • 1 0
 @oldfaith: no, it got old people to ride them.
  • 7 0
 A 6’-4” person riding 29” wheels would be like a 5’-9” person on 26” wheels. Tall people are hella retro and don’t even know it
  • 7 0
 That explains my fondness for cargo shorts
  • 2 0
 @HankHank: Yep - 2012 RaceFace 3/4 shorts here, 6'6"
  • 4 0
 What are you talking about?
I am 5'9" and I ride 26". Those wheels are not small for me. 29" wheels are big for me.
  • 9 3
 Easy to expand with all the profit made from selling a $2400 hardtail with an NX groupset
  • 4 0
 I just Googled Biktrix e-bike and had a look at their performance bikes, can someone tell me what is going on with the cabling on the Monte Crapo Lite; uk.biktrix.com/products/monte-capro-lite?variant=41092367646911
  • 10 4
 My biggest takeaway is "not much news in the cycling world right now"....
  • 9 0
 Yeah almost nothing new came out last week
  • 4 0
 First Ze Scott CEO Seifenoper, and now there's daß Zivilprozess between MyStromer and Revolt Zycling. What the fluck's going on in die Schweiz?
  • 9 0
 Someone put their rubbish bags out 37 minutes early and now the whole country is going to hell...
  • 2 0
 Unified Patent Court is a rogue court where multinationals become judges ffii.org/nokia-and-airbus-elected-as-judges-at-the-kangaroo-unified-patent-court-kupc Countries have setup a new patent court ignoring the previous decision of the CJEU ffii.org/unified-patent-court-has-an-eu-treaty-legality-problem-says-ex-cjeu-judge-melchior-wathelet
  • 4 1
 yes I've really been reading about all the NBA players saddened that they can't get into a highly injury prone sport because of no bikes with their appropriate wheel sizes ;-)
  • 5 1
 So how long before we see 32 inch wheels stuffed into Fox 40's they way they did with 29 in 2015?
  • 1 0
 Mancini scamed scammed people out of 10,615,00 to be payed back at 250 a month. That’s 42,460 months if I got the math correct, which is highly possible I didn’t. That’s 3,538 years. With 250 a month being split between multiple victims it gets even stupider. “Hey kids, I have a couple million bucks set aside for your inheritance. You and your descendants for as far out as you want to count are taken care of. You will get a whopping $50 a month to split between yourselves. Try not to spend it all at once”.

Even if I’m wrong, whatever is correct is still a long time and a complete joke. Invest however many millions you kept in an offshore account and leave the country after you get out of prison. Send 250 a month back to the States and live like a king. Who says crime doesn’t pay?
  • 3 1
 Must be a pretty small market for 32 and 36 bikes. I don’t know anyone taller than 6’3”. To be over six and a half feet is pretty slim picking
  • 3 1
 Roughly 4 percent of American men are over 6'2. That's plus minus a couple million. If you're the only game in town and you can sell a bike to a third of them you're gonna do ok.
  • 2 0
 @lostlunchbox: 2% of Dutch men (almost 200k) are over 6'6". If 1% of them is in the market for a bike, that is 2,000 Kobe Bryant bikes sold right there.
  • 2 0
 www.celebheights.com/s/Slim-Pickens-2116.html - Slim Pickens - 189.2cm, or in Southern Baptist Units 6' 2-1/2"

I'm 191cm, and I miss the flickability of 26" gear. I was raised in a BMX environment though.
  • 1 0
 Man, our government really killed it with the EXPLORE and BOLT acronyms, then completely went downhill with PARCA, SOARA, FIC, OR, and ORLP.
  • 1 0
 Enough of the bigger wheels already! No 32, no 36, just stop. I still like my 26 and 27.5. We have 29 and that’s enough. Just stop it already.
  • 2 0
 I'm glad the Taiwanese bicycle industry is safe. I hope the Taiwanese people are okay.
  • 3 0
 Sadly, some are not. The confusing blurb gave me whiplash from the first paragraph to the second:

"earthquake did little more than shake up residents and perhaps knock some products off the shelves."

"The earthquake, the strongest on the island since the September 1999 Jiji earthquake, left at least nine people dead"

"Dead" is the opposite end of the spectrum of okayness from "shaken up".
  • 1 0
 Look for Ryder on the side of the truck and don't forget my share of the deal.
  • 2 1
 32" is going to be the new 22" bmx'es (just go 36" already)
  • 1 0
 BAHAHAHAHAHAHA $500K with of e-bikes. So, like, 25?
  • 2 4
 boooooo







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