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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    Yamaha launches first e-bikes under own name on European market


    For a long time, pedelec pioneer Yamaha had maintained a low profile when it came to e-bikes to be sold in the Western world. It took (too) long to develop drive units and the associated service specifically tailored to the European market. Now, however, things are suddenly happening at a ...

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    New PBG production facility in Lithuania on schedule


    After the grand opening of German Kalkhoff Werke GmbH’s plant in September (production of Kalkhoff and Focus e-bikes already started in March), there were questions as to whether Kalkhoff’s Dutch parent company, Pon Bike Group (PBG), would be able to open its third European production facility in Lithuania in 2024 ...

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    Bergfreunde creates and fills new head of buying position


    German e-commerce mountain sports, climbing and outdoor retailer Bergfreunde GmbH has hired Michael Vieweger as head of buying, a new position. The former purchasing manager for sports at fashion and lifestyle company E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. will handling all of Bergfreunde’s external brand purchasing.

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    Portugal’s two-wheeler export volume grows 38 percent in the first 7 months


    According to the Portuguese Bicycle Industry Association ABIMOTA, Portugal has achieved a production growth of 38 percent in the first seven months of the current year 2022 (and compared to the same period in 2021). These figures, which have also been confirmed by the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat, make ...

  • Paul-César Lange

    Paul Lange management expands with third-generation family member


    Stuttgart-based bicycle wholesaler and importer Paul Lange & Co OHG has filled the newly created position of chief strategy officer (CSO) with Paul-César Lange, who will be responsible for strategic direction in his new role with immediate effect. He will ensure that the company is prepared for all current global ...

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    Pierer Industrie AG acquires majority stake in Syntace


    Austrian-based Pierer Industrie AG has acquired an unnamed majority stake in renowned German bicycle component manufacturer Syntace GmbH. No details of the purchase price were disclosed. Syntace develops and produces a wide range of high-quality lightweight products from wheels to hubs, handlebars, seat posts and pedals. The high-quality MTB niche ...

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    Mips predicts temporarily weaker bicycle market than expected


    After two years of bicycle-related sales records, the listed Thule Group AB already spoke of an imminent temporarily reduced bicycle-related sales volume that will affect sales and profitability in the coming months (OIC reported). Now Mips AB, also from Sweden, is following suit: The Brain Protection System (BPS) manufacturer, also ...

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    Bike chain Multicycle launches in Austria


    Shortly before opening its 31st store in its home market of Germany, German bicycle chain Multicycle Fahrrad-Handels GmbH & Co. KG announced plans to expand to Austria. So far, the company, known primarily as a Cube store operator, had only announced plans to open four more stores (Frankfurt West, Reutlingen, ...

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    Riese & Müller with new management structure and first-time management board


    Almost 30 years ago, Markus Riese and Heiko Müller, then students, founded the bicycle company Riese & Müller GmbH (R&M). Since then, the German business has grown from a folding bike start-up to a global player in the e-bike market and today employs over 900 people and generates annual sales ...

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    Swedish e-bike manufacturer EcoRide brings production home


    Due to its growth course and imposed EU anti-dumping duties on e-bikes from China, e-bike supplier Nordic Group EcoRide AB moved its production from China to Poland in 2018 – still under the old company name ProNordic Group. Now the Swedish company is moving production again, from Poland to Sweden ...

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    Bosch eBike Systems expands IBD service portfolio in Europe


    German e-bike drivetrain maker Bosch eBike Systems is strategically expanding its service portfolio for independent bicycle dealers in Europe. In addition to launching training courses in five additional countries (Ireland, Croatia, Luxembourg, Poland and Slovenia), the company has created a new partner portal that allows e-bike dealers to stay up ...

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    Pon Holdings continues to invest in the automotive and bicycle mobility segments


    After the parent company of Pon Bike Group (PBG), Pon Holdings B.V., on June 1 became a minority shareholder in German car dealer Adelbert Moll GmbH & Co. KG (better known as Moll Group) for an undisclosed amount, the Dutch retail and services giant has now acquired the DTC bicycle ...

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    BikeExchange reports higher revenue and loss, lower costs


    In its 2021/22 annual report, publicly traded online bicycle marketplace BikeExchange Limited makes no secret of the fact that it has been on a rigorous restructuring course over the past 12 months. Nevertheless, total revenue increased 47.4 percent compared to the previous fiscal year 2020/21 (which also ended June 30) ...

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    Pierer Mobility defies supply problems in H1


    The half-year report presented on Aug. 30 underscores why Pierer Mobility AG had already raised its annual forecast for 2022 one day earlier via an ad hoc announcement: Despite aggravated delivery problems, the Austrian group achieved positive sales development in the first six months of the year. However, this could ...

  • Pierer Mobility

    Pierer Mobility raises sales forecast for FY 2022


    While many listed companies are lowering their sales forecasts in these troubled times, Austrian two-wheeler giant Pierer Mobility AG has just revised its sales forecast for fiscal 2022 for the better. According to an ad hoc release published on Aug. 29, good performance in the first half of 2022 and ...

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    Excavation work for new MBPS corporate headquarters in full swing


    With the completion of the basic planning phase, the Magura Bosch Parts & Services (MBPS) joint venture formed by Magura and Bosch eBike Systems is starting construction work on the previously communicated new energy-efficient corporate head office. After completion of the excavation work, the start of the structural construction is ...

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    Retirement of SRAM’s long-serving CFO


    After 28 years with the SRAM Group, Mike Herr is retiring from his post as CFO at his own request. As his successor, the U.S. bicycle supplier has recruited Heather Bridges to its Chicago headquarters. She joins from global brand leader Halo Branded Solutions, where she most recently served as ...

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    ​Extension of fundraising period for Giant officially approved


    On Aug. 15, the extension of the fundraising period for Giant Manufacturing Co. Ltd.’s (Giant Group, Taiwan’s largest bicycle manufacturer) 2022 cash capital increase was officially approved by the domestic Financial Supervisory Commission. On May 26, Giant Group had already received approval from the commission for a cash capital increase ...

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    Leatt reports yet another quarter of global revenue growth


    U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) traded South African protective equipment maker Leatt Corp reported a 25.4 percent increase in sales (compared to Q2 2021) to $17.94 million for the second quarter of the current fiscal year 2022. Operating income increased 18.5 percent to $3.73 million, while net income increased 13 percent to ...

  • Bike24

    Bike24’s bright spot in difficult times is its young international business


    Thanks to sales increases in Spain, France and Italy, the listed German cycling, running and swimming sports online retailer Bike24 Holding AG was at least able to significantly grow its international business. Nevertheless, the Dresden-based company had to accept a decline in sales of 4 percent to €67 million in ...

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