WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.
TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) —?Organizers of the Electric Bike Expo , which debuts Jan. 15-17 in the Phoenix metro area, are betting that offering free test rides on a large scale can entice thousands of Americans to try e-bikes.
AMES, Iowa (BRAIN) —?North America Cycles has hired Steven Harad as its director of sales. Harad will oversee the formation of a national sales force to begin selling parts, accessories, and bicycles to IBDs.
Sales of higher priced e-bikes in Europe continue to drive revenue and profits. HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group reported growth in revenue in the third quarter, which the Dutch conglomerate attributed to healthy sales of the company’s German and French bike brands. Accell owns several European brands including Batavus, Sparta, Koga, Loekie, Ghost, Haibike, Winora, Lapierre, Tunturi, Atala and XLC.
When it comes to mountain bike geometry, what would have seemed extreme a few years ago is now commonplace. Bikes have been getting longer and slacker, while stem length has quite literally been cut in half.
So does that mean there’s no room left for development? UK based suspension expert and Fox Shox distributor Mojo would disagree.
In collaboration with German master fabricator Nicolai, the ‘GeoMetron’ project is a radical departure from what even the most progressive mainstream brands are offering. Driven by head-honcho Chris Porter, the GeoMetron bike takes geometry trends of the past few years and extrapolates them decades into the future, combining rulebook-flouting geometry with the latest in suspension technology to create a truly unique bike.
Never content to rest on groundbreaking laurels, the latest machines coming out of this hothouse of ideas takes two further strides away from convention.
One model incorporates a derailleur-free Pinion gearbox, while the other combines super-slack geo with 29er wheels. Now that’s a bold recipe.
We ventured into deepest darkest Wales to ride these bikes back to back to see whether the hype lives up to reality. Does either of these bonkers bikes actually ride well? Could they really be the future?
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FORCHHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — YT Industries has hired Duncan McCann as international business manager. McCann comes to the German consumer-direct mountain bike brand from Accell Group, where he served as international business manager for a year and a half and, before that, as European manager for Accell brand Diamondback for four years. The hire of McCann marks the first time YT has appointed an international business manager.
FORCHHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — YT Industries has hired Duncan McCann as international business manager. McCann comes to the German consumer-direct mountain bike brand from Accell Group, where he served as international business manager for a year and a half and, before that, as European manager for Accell brand Diamondback for four years
HONG KONG (BRAIN) —?Vittoria Group has appointed Michael Marx as its new senior executive manager and member of its executive management team. Marx is German, a former world champion in team pursuit and has a broad experience in the cycling industry
HONG KONG (BRAIN) —?Vittoria Group has appointed Michael Marx as its new senior executive manager and member of its executive management team. Marx is German, a former world champion in team pursuit and has a broad experience in the cycling industry. Previously he managed the two-wheel tire division of Continental and was the COO of Cervélo.
This video was produced in partnership with Focus Bikes.
Focus introduces the Raven Max and Izalco Max Disc as the German brand takes BikeRadar on a guided tour of its Eurobike 2015 booth.
The Izalco Max Disc is a race-ready road bike with disc brakes, and Focus claims it’s the lightest disc frame in the world, at a reputed 790g for the size 54 frame. On the mountain bike side of things the Raven Max hardtail was the weapon of choice for Swiss XC racer Florian Vogel, and features a free standing seat tube and Focus seat post which gives greater vertical compliance meaning greater comfort for the rider.
Related: Get the lowdown on all the newest bikes and latest tech from Eurobike 2015, the worlds biggest bike show.
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