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jackyboy mikekazimer's article
Aug 30, 2020 at 7:18
Aug 30, 2020
Bike Check: Kevin Miquel's Sunn Kern LT - EWS Zermatt 2020
Sunn is a premium brand owned by an assembly factory depending of Intersport France's coop. They don't export so much out of France except for a few distributors, factory is already close to full capacity due to mass market bikes. So in France the brand is common because of the huge number of Intersport' stores.
jackyboy mrsmarshy's article
Jul 28, 2020 at 7:03
Jul 28, 2020
The Morzine Summer Film Festival Returns for 2020
Wow. Looks like Hossegor, French surf coast. Riders looking like riders in a band of riders.
jackyboy edspratt's article
Jul 20, 2020 at 3:01
Jul 20, 2020
jackyboy urgebikeproducts's article
Jul 18, 2020 at 9:52
Jul 18, 2020
Video: Urge BP Releases New All Mountain Helmet with ERT Rotational Impact Protection
Ask French distributor Tribe Sport Group in France, Urge is their private label. Just a little bit more developed than a classic private label.
jackyboy urgebikeproducts's article
Jul 18, 2020 at 9:50
Jul 18, 2020
Video: Urge BP Releases New All Mountain Helmet with ERT Rotational Impact Protection
Shapes are design, not added protection. Nobody cares about protection, it's not increasing sales, whereas design yes. Otherwise everybody would still ride Dainese complete DH armour to stand up like a fresh flower after a huge crash (I regret this time: falling is harder now ^^).
jackyboy urgebikeproducts's article
Jul 18, 2020 at 9:43
Jul 18, 2020
Video: Urge BP Releases New All Mountain Helmet with ERT Rotational Impact Protection
Haha. By the way, Strategic is one of the most serious helmet manufacturer that I met. Working with world-class brands, and carefully choosing customers to be able to work closely with development team and deliver quality work. Good point to Urge for working with them (I wondered who was manufacturer, now I know). On the other side, brands develop and distribute things that are adapted to their market. Manufacturers and makers are really bad at "listening" the market.
jackyboy edspratt's article
Jul 18, 2020 at 9:35
Jul 18, 2020
Intersport Announce New Range of Rental Bikes for Riding in the Alps
Let's print this list to put it in my camper van that I'm currently doing to go shredding this summer. Thank you Intersport, at least this press release is useful for somebody. Kiss
jackyboy Tombrad's article
Jun 18, 2020 at 3:52
Jun 18, 2020
Everesting the North Shore - No Chamois, No Gloves, No Worries
What's that frame strap? Looks very wide and stable!
jackyboy mattwragg's article
Oct 13, 2019 at 10:16
Oct 13, 2019
6 eMTBs from the Roc - Roc D'Azur 2019
Depending of the market (North America or Europe) you have different groups working on different ways because of the customs rules (48,5% European antidumping forces bikes to be assembled in Europe while it's not the case for USA/Can, that assemble directly in Asia where frames are done). For Europe, the leader is a family business Dutch based PON (Santa Cruz, Cervelo, Gazelle, Kalkhoff, Focus and many other brands, including BBB) that runs something like at least 2 or 3 different plants (assembly capacity of 200K and +400K units/year/plant, stock: up to 145K units for 1 plant). You then find Accell group (that PON is slighty purchasing), with Winora bikes, Haibike, Lapierre, Sparta, Koga, Babboe, Batavus, Ghost, Raleigh and some aftermarket parts like XLC. The group owns many plants and also strategic wholeseller across Europe. Owned by Grimaldi group, Cycleurope factories run Bianchi, Peugeot, Gitane and some retail network. Cube is quite big, (something like 800K units/year). Rossignol and Felt are in the porfotlio of another group (assembly outsourced), Orbea is a Spanish cooperative factory (!), BH is a family-own factory linked to another actovity, Sunn is owned by Intersport France which runs a big plant in France to produce its private labelled bikes. Italy specialized in mass-market bikes factories (like for Carrefour, Leclerc, garage store). Many of small plants are opening in Portugal to assemble e-bikes relocated from China due to a fresh antidumping law, same in Poland and Eastern Europe, but the lack of capacity and quality pushes brands to go back to Taiwan partners. Specialized and Merida (2nd biggest maker) are from the same group. Giant is Giant, integrating a lot, owning some factories (metalworking!) and biggest retail network. I don't really know how Cycling Sport Group or Trek manage their supply, from what I've seen their long-term partners in Asia assemble bikes on site and then send it. Serious and reliable frame makers are a small number but depend of the type of frames, alloy, carbon, steel, HT or FS, high end or mass market (google Fujita battle, the 20 millions bike factory) This part of the business is so much interesting, every country has its own special system depending on its practice, needs, pricing, distribution channels, norm & regulations... Some brands only design and develop, then outsource the assembly, some integrate it, some sell through distributors. Pon and Accell own brands that are based all over the world but assembled in their own factories, and then sold by local subsidiaries, which is really smart in term of service provided to get growth, but capital demanding.
jackyboy uniortools's article
Sep 14, 2019 at 4:41
Sep 14, 2019
Unior Tools Announces New 2020 Products Including An Electric Repair Stand & Heavy-Duty Tool Chest
Var doesn't produce, they just develop and manufacture in China. Nice stand, but a little bit too slow. The pneumatic Bicisupport is faster, but the clamp quality is so, so poor and fragile. By the way I tried the Unior stand at Eurobike and I blocked it on the lower position, never found how to reset it :-)
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