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Pirelli to launch line of road bike tires this fall

MILAN (BRAIN) — Pirelli is returning to the bicycle market with a line of road tires that will be available this fall. The 110-year old Italian brand has focused on performance auto and motorcycle tires in recent decades, and will adopt its P Zero brand from motorized use: the bike tire line is called P Zero Velo.

Accell Group reports flat sales in first quarter, appoints interim CEO, considers Pon offer

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) —  Accell Group, which planned to hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday, said its sales in the first months of 2017 were at the same level as last year.

Factor Bikes hires experienced crew as it eyes global sales

CARLSBAD, Calif.

Mavic’s pricy Comete Ultimate road shoe coming to the US in summer

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Mavic’s new $1,000 road shoe, the Comete Ultimate, will be available in North America in late summer, the company said this week.  The shoe, released in Europe last week, has a two-piece construction, with a full carbon shell mated with swappable booties that are tailored for specific conditions. The company said the design was inspired by ski boot construction and allows increased power transfer with lighter weight. “The shoe was designed to leverage the very latest understanding of biomechanics and bio-position, translating to new levels of pedaling efficiency and the sensation of “connectedness” with the bike throughout the entire 360 degrees of a pedal stroke,” the company said.  The shoe weighs 240 grams in size 8

Weak sales in China, US market take toll on 2016 revenues at Giant

Sales down 5.5 percent last year.

New startup links cyclists with global rentals, accommodations and events

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It’s a bold concept.

Organizers expect strong turnout at sold-out 2017 Taipei Cycle Show

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Despite some challenges facing Taiwan’s bicycle market, including a nearly 30 percent drop in exports reported in 2016, the outlook for the 2017 Taipei International Cycle Show, which starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday at Nangang Exhibition Center, remains relatively positive. According to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which organizes the show, vendor registration is on par with the past couple of years and is sold out with 1,115 exhibitors occupying 3,340 booths, plus a wait list. Still, TAITRA is taking steps to ensure the show’s vitality and relevance in the face of an uncertain future

E-bikes power Accell Group past 1B euro mark; while bankruptcies short circuit North America sales

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — On the strength of e-bike sales in Europe — especially in Germany — Accell Group’s sales last year were up 6 percent, breaking the one billion-euro barrier for the first time in company history.

New brand, Vellow Bike Apparel, launches with spring collection

EDMONTON, Alberta (BRAIN) — Canada-based Vellow Bike Apparel is launching with spring collection it says was designed “to cater to riders who aren’t afraid to reveal the bolder side of their personality.” The brand’s founder, Ken MacLean, said men and women are getting bolder in their cycling style choices.  “Cycling is unique in that sense,” MacLean said.

WFSGI, Bike Europe to hold conference in June

The Netherlands and Switzerland (BRAIN) — The World Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry and Bike Europe are planning a conference for June 7-8 in Porto, Portugal, that will focus on consumer centricity and increasing speed to market for the bike and e-bike industries. As the bicycle industry shifts its focus from dealers to consumers and online sales continue to grow rapidly for all sorts of products, consumer centricity is the prerequisite for new business models triggering a switch to omnichannel distribution strategies, the WFSGI and Bike Europe said in a press release.