Jo Beckendorff

Jo Beckendorff

Jo Beckendorff is correspondent of Bike Europe, RadMarkt, co-founder of Eurobike Show Daily/ESD and Taipei Cycle Show Daily/TSD, amongst other things, and based in Munich, Germany.

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    Bicycle developer and designer Andi Muff has new OEM offering


    Andy Muff has developed a new damping system that uses an unusual natural fiber

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    Amer’s Enve Composites has a new GM


    U.S.-based Enve Composites, a manufacturer of carbon bicycle frames, wheels and components and, more recently, apparel, has a new general manager. Mike Stimola succeeded Jeremy Venz at the turn of the year.

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    Giant Group acquires minority stake in Stages Cycling


    According to two filings published on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), the country’s largest bicycle manufacturer, Giant Manufacturing Company Ltd (a.k.a. Giant Group – Cadex, Giant, Liv, Momentum brands), has acquired a minority stake in U.S.-based indoor cycling and professional cycling training expert, Stages Cycling LLC.

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    New CEO for bike components manufacturer BC


    Dominic Land is the new CEO in charge of Bike-Components, the German online retailer of bicycles and bicycle parts, since Jan. 1. He has taken over from Philipp Simon.

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    Third generation of the founding family taking the helm at Merida


    On Jan. 13, Taiwan’s second-largest bicycle and e-bike manufacturer Merida announced that Vansen Tseng will assume the position of president, effective Feb. 1, 2023, following approval by the board of directors. He succeeds his father Michael Tseng (son of company founder Ike Tseng).

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    New GM at Ideal Bike Corporation


    Following the resignation of Tim Lin as general manager of Ideal Bike Corporation, Taiwan’s third-largest bicycle and e-bike manufacturer, on Dec. 31, the company will now be led by Frank Chen, the former vice president of Ideal China. According to the company’s chairman Hermes Chang, Chen has already demonstrated his ...

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    2022 bicycle stock chart development proves you can always do worse


    Five are up, the majority are down. Compare your brand’s performance with our analysis of the 2022 bicycle stock market.

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    Specialized gets rid of 8 percent of its global workforce


    Specialized CEO Scott Maguire officially announced on Jan. 11 that the company has laid off 8 percent of its employees worldwide. According to the U.S. bicycle company, the downsizing of the team is rooted in the global economy, which is changing faster than anticipated, and in rapid changes within cycling. ...

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    Jebsen Group invests in Woom


    Hong Kong-based Jebsen Group has invested in Austrian children’s bicycle supplier Woom. The Jebsen Group shares acquisition is via the family-run trading and logistics company’s investment arm, Jebsen Capital. While no information was given on the exact amount of the Woom minority stake Jebsen now holds, it was noted that ...

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    Companies of insolvent Prophete Group up for sale


    Following the filing for insolvency in late 2022, the appointed preliminary insolvency administrator Manuel Sack of law firm Brinkmann & Partner (B&P) has initiated “a structured international investor process with the approval of the preliminary creditors’ committee” for the Prophete Group. This means that the operational business activities of the ...

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    German bicycle manufacturer Prophete files for insolvency proceedings


    On Dec. 20, the renowned German bicycle manufacturer Prophete GmbH & Co. KG filed a petition to open insolvency proceedings (file number 43 IN 777/22). The court appointed Manuel Sack of nationwide law firm Brinkmann & Partner as Prophete’s provisional insolvency administrator. Between Dec. 20 and 23, the following entities ...

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    Trial phase of the new Bike24 logistics center for southern Europe underway


    Before the end of the year, the new logistics center of the German cycling, running and swimming sports online retailer Bike24 Holding AG started its pilot run in Barcelona. The first test packages have already been shipped. This means that the second logistics center of the “leading e-commerce platform for ...

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    Italian investor joins 3T Cycling


    To support 3T Cycling’s ongoing rapid growth, UTurn Investments Srl, an independent family firm founded by Gianpiero Peron, Luca Mongodi and Alberto Nicoli, has invested in the iconic high-end Italian niche bicycle company. The focus is also on expanding 3T’s own “Made in Italy“ factory, where not only bike components, ...

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    British Mammut owner and investment company Telemos takes majority stake in Vittoria Group


    A year and a half after acquiring the Swiss Mammut Sports Group from Bystronic (formerly Conzzeta Group), Telemos Capital is making news with another acquisition in the sporting goods industry. The British investment group has signed a binding agreement to acquire a majority stake in Vittoria Group, the bicycle tire ...

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    Bicycle business faces first major hurdles after pandemic surge


    At ISPO Munich 2022, OIC spoke with representatives of Taiwanese sporting goods exhibitors about their counterparts in the bicycle industry and found out that fear is creeping into the business – not only among manufacturers in the Far East, but also among Western bike suppliers and their IBD partners. Read here why the industry is extremely worried.

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    Rose Bikes continues double-digit growth in 2021/22


    DTC provider Rose Bikes GmbH achieved total sales of €174 million in its 2021/22 fiscal year ending Oct. 31. Compared to the previous year, this is an increase of 17 percent. What the Bocholt-based company is particularly proud of is that, despite bottlenecks in the supply chain, sales of complete ...

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    Cypad Group acquires majority stake in Pasasport


    Since the entrance of the investor PM&Partners SGR S.P.A. in the Italian company Cytech S.r.l. (Cypad Group), which claims to be the world’s leading group for the production of seat pads in sportswear (cycling shorts, etc.) and glove pads, the focus has been on growth. Together, the companies have launched ...

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    Classified Cycling closes €22 million financing round


    Bicycle components newcomer Classified Cycling has successfully closed another round of financing. With the entry of new investors, €22 million were flushed into the Belgian company’s coffers. With the cash injection, raised under the leadership of investment firm Active Partners, Classified aims to “revolutionize the bicycle and e-bike market with ...

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    Shimano presents 2022 study on e-bike attitudes in Europe


    Are you interested in a detailed country report on the attitudes toward e-bikes in several European countries? If so, you should keep an eye on Shimano’s “State of the Nation 2020” report. More than 15,500 people in 12 European countries were surveyed for this fourth annual report from the world’s ...

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    Canyon Bicycles appoints former road bike athlete as COO


    As part of the company’s executive leadership team, German DTC bicycle supplier Canyon Bicycles GmbH has brought Alison Jones on board. She fills the open position of chief operations officer (COO). In this role, the former road bike athlete will be responsible for developing the company’s global operations, supply chain ...

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