IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Cycling writer Neil Browne has joined Felt Bicycles’ marketing department, where he will handle copywriting and documentation as well as marketing materials. Felt calls Browne’s new position “brand journalist.” Browne was editorial director for Road Magazine from 2004-09, a cycling analyst for Versus.com/NBCSports.com from 2010-11 and has freelanced for several U.S. cycling magazines and websites
PAAL-BERINGEN, Belgium (BRAIN) — Ridley co-owner and CEO Jochim Aerts and an investment group have bought out the Kumpen family’s share of the Belgium bike brand. The Kumpen family stepped in as “angel” investors 12 years ago to help the brand grow. Paul Kumpen is the father of Ridley sales director Anthony Kumpen.
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Fred Clements , executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association . Clements’ previous blogs can be read on bikedealerblog.wordpress.com . Most of us in the specialty bicycle industry want to see more people on bikes more often.
STOWE, VT (BRAIN) — Jack Nash, a veteran of the industry with more than 40 years of experience in the bike business, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack suffered during a ride in his home state of Vermont.
VALLEJO, CA (BRAIN) — When Authorized Bicycle Shop owner Mike Kramer made the decision to retire, he didn’t want to sell the store to just anyone. “I went to my employees and told them it was time for me to get out,” said Kramer. “And I proposed a plan that would make it easy for them to buy the shop.” Scott Hill and Dave Kerr, each longtime Authorized employees, took the opportunity to buy the store from Kramer over the course of several years
German company Canyon?will unveil a raft of new and improved road and mountain bikes at the 2013 Eurobike trade show, including a new?Grand Canyon CF SL?29er frameset?and updates to the good value Roadlite AL.?
Crucially, 2014 prices will remain largely consistent with those of 2013 models?from the direct-to-consumer brand, although European buyers should expect to see prices changing with the fluctuating Sterling/Euro exchange rate for the time being.?There’s no word yet on when Canyon will start selling to the US market, although?BikeRadar?have been told the company are continually investigating the opportunity.
On the road, Canyon’s top-specced aluminium Roadlite AL will be fitted with a high pedigree?11-speed Shimano Ultegra groupset?and Mavic Aksium wheels. With a price tag of ?1,119 it’s an extremely attractive proposition and goes toe to toe with the equally well-kitted 2014?Focus Culebro SL?in the value-for-money stakes.?The frame will also be fitted with a straight blade full-carbon fork and carbon seatpost. While geometry is unchanged, the new AL has slightly thinner seatstays.
Down the range, the ?869 6.0 SL has an identical Roadlite AL frame fitted with a SRAM?Force groupset. The entry level 6.0 – also ?869 and aimed at first-time road riders – is fitted with a Shimano 105 groupset. Both come with Aksium?wheels, good all-rounders.
Canyon say the 2013 Roadlite is “all but sold out” in the UK, although some models from the new range could be available by the autumn.
Most of Canyon’s mountain bike updates occur in their hardtail?29er?range.?
At Eurobike, Canyon will debut the Grand Canyon CF SL 29 frameset, made in the same mould as the range-topping Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 – itself only released last year. The difference between the bikes, say Canyon, lies in the use of a slightly heavier carbon fibre. It means ambitious cross-country and trail riders can opt for race bike geometry at prices ranging from ?1,469 to ?2,239 depending on final spec.
The Grand Canyon CF SL 29
Canyon are also extending the Grand Canyon 29er range down to entry level for 2014, with the AL 29 bikes replacing discontinued Yellowstone models. The AL 5.9 costs ?689 for a blend of Shimano components including an XT rear derailleur, SLX front derailleur and Acera brakes – extremely good value. The pricier AL 6.9 (?869) is fitted with Avid Elixir 5 brakes and levers and Mavic wheels.
Engineers have also tweaked the standard Grand Canyon AL 29 frame found on the AL 5.9 and 6.9 and turned it into the lighter and stiffer AL SLX 29 for next year. It will be offered in three builds, starting at ?1,119 and going up to ?1,549 for the high-spec 9.9, which uses Shimano Deore XT throughout, as well as a Fox 32 Terralogic fork and DT Spline M1700 wheels.?
The new Grand Canyon AL SLX 29 frame
Canyon will unveil further changes to other bikes at Eurobike.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Yellow Jersey Bike Shop is moving out of the city and into Arlington, a small town just north of Madison.
BOSTON, MA (BRAIN) — BMC has hired Chris McLaren as general manager for its U.S. office, replacing former GM Karim Pine. Pine had been at the helm since February 2011. McLaren has extensive experience in the bike industry, most recently with Shinola
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN) — The Bike Cooperative has recently added Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles and Pedego as supplier partners. Co-op member retailers earn rebates with the purchase of the products and both brands will provide product specials and offers that will be exclusive for members of The Bike Co-op. Pedego adds electric to Co-op mix Effective immediately, members of The Bike Cooperative will earn additional rebates on all purchases of Pedego products.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN) — MerchantOS, a popular retail POS software brand among bike shops, has been acquired by LightSpeed, a Montreal-based software company.