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. As a freelancer he concentrates on reporting for national and international bicycle, outdoor/sporting goods industry and retail magazines.

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  • Mips

    Mips sales bounce back to double-digit growth


    In the second quarter of 2024, Mips AB generated net sales of 133 million Swedish kroner (€11.54m). According to the company, the sales growth of 30.4 percent compared to Q2 2023 can primarily be attributed to a normalizing inventory situation in the sports category.

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    Bicycle Industry Stock Chart Q2 2024: ​Glass half full or half empty?


    While the wars against Ukraine and in the Middle East appear to have already been priced in by the global stock markets, the clear shift to the right in the European elections in early June and the poor performance of US President Biden in the first TV debate against Donald Trump put the markets under pressure. As a result, there was no clear picture of the bicycle market – or the global stock market across all sectors.

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    Scott Sports names Hap Seliga President of its US business


    Scott Sports SA has appointed US industry veteran Hap Seliga as the new President of its subsidiary Scott Corporation. Together with the teams in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ogden, Utah, Seliga will drive growth in the US market and consolidate the Swiss bike and outdoor supplier’s position as an ...

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    7Mesh with new distributors in Europe and North America


    Founded in 2014 by former Arc’teryx and Assos managers on Canada’s West Coast, technical cycling apparel brand 7Mesh Industries Inc. is now also represented by distributors in the Benelux market and in the Canadian province of Ontario. Approaching its tenth anniversary, these new appointments – alongside the recent expansion of ...

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    Manufacturer of Schwalbe tires massively expands recycling


    One year after the introduction of the first Green Marathons bicycle tire – made from used tires, among other things – the German Schwalbe bicycle tire manufacturer Ralf Bohle GmbH announces that the majority of its Schwalbe tire range will be manufactured with recycled carbon black (rCB) with immediate effect.

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    ​Darfon Electronics takes over wholesaler and importer Grofa


    In August 2020, the German wholesaler and importer Grofa Action Sports GmbH took over the exclusive distribution of the e-bike brand BESV from electronics giant Darfon Electronics Corp. in Germany and Austria. The management board of the listed Taiwanese company has now approved an agreement to this effect. According to ...

  • ROTOR Billhardt & Hundhammer

    German custom bike manufacturer Rotor Bikes relaunches directly after insolvency


    Due to liquidity problems, the Leipzig-based complete bike, frame and wheel manufacturer Rotor Bikes GmbH (not to be confused with the Spanish bicycle component manufacturer Rotor Components Technologicos S.L.!) filed for insolvency on June 4. According to the company, this step has set the course for a new start under ...

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    New Cake owner introduces himself and his future plans


    After Cake founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn (also founder of the protective equipment company POC) lost a major investor at short notice and his e-motorcycle and e-bike company, founded in 2016, had to file for insolvency on Feb. 1 of this year, the insolvency administrator gave little news about the ...

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    Fitness equipment giant Dyaco opens new e-bike factory in Taiwan


    Around two years ago, Taiwan’s listed fitness equipment provider Dyaco International Inc. took over the bicycle factory of ODM and OEM manufacturer Iuvo in Dajia. In doing so, the company invested in its young e-bike business (including the newly created e-bike brand Cikada). As the Iuvo factory was located on ...

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    Remanufactured Brose e-bike drivetrains now available via Ra-Co


    German and Austrian IBDs can now easily purchase the sustainable remanufactured e-bike drivetrains from Berlin-based e-bike drivetrain producer Brose E-Bike via its long-standing sales partner Ra-Co Radsport Components GmbH. The two companies have been cooperating since 2020. Ra-Co has now expanded its range of Brose products to include remanufactured motors.

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    German online retailer Bergfreunde is ‘Save Our Returns’-certified


    German mountain sports, climbing and outdoor e-commerce retailer Bergfreunde GmbH, which was acquired by the French sporting goods chain Decathlon earlier this year, has been awarded the Save Our Returns sustainability seal.

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    Santa Cruz Bikes founder advises Specialized


    As US bike supplier Specialized Bicycle Components just confirmed in its in-house newsletter, the California-based company has appointed Rob Roskopp, the founder of MTB forge Santa Cruz Bicycles, to an advisory role.

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    HighBar Systems completely rethinks bike helmet retention system


    For several years, a group of well-known US bicycle industry veterans has been working on a new fit and retention system for bike helmets designed to improve both fit and helmet retention. At Eurobike, HighBar Systems will have a dedicated conference room with its manufacturing partner Strategic Sports Ltd, where ...

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    Hervis opts for two top managers


    Austrian sporting goods chain Hervis Sport - und Modegesellschaft m.b.H., which is owned by Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG and sells a large number of outdoor and bicycle products in addition to other sporting goods, will be managed by a dual leadership team with immediate effect.

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    Ideal Bike reduces loss while revenue drops significantly


    Following Taiwan’s leading bicycle manufacturers Giant and Merida, Formosa’s third largest bicycle manufacturer Ideal Bike Corporation is not looking any better either. According to 2024’s first quarterly report, Ideal Bike achieved net sales of TWD 627.45 million (€17.96 million). Compared to the first three months of the previous year, this is an impressive decline of 39.9 percent.

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    Still no turn for the better for Taiwanese bicycle manufacturers


    After Taiwan’s leading bicycle manufacturer Giant Manufacturing already reported a double-digit drop in sales for the first quarter of 2024, the country’s number two, Merida Industry Co. is now following suit with its Q1 results: Compared to the first three months of the previous year, Merida’s consolidated sales in Q1 ...

  • Leatt

    Leatt Q1 sales continue to decline, but inventories normalize


    After a sales boom during the pandemic years, the shares of the South African manufacturer of protective equipment for motorized and non-motorized off-road two-wheelers Leatt Corporation (traded OTC in the US), like many others, have experienced a “down-to-earth” development in the post-Covid period. This continued in the first quarter of ...

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    Giant Group says stock overhang also weighs on Q1 sales results


    The ongoing strained situation in the bicycle industry also has an impact on the sales results of the leading Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer Giant Manufacturing Company Ltd in the first quarter of 2024. The continued large-scale reduction in inventories in Europe and North America and the reluctance to place orders on ...

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    Despite difficult times, Bike24 looks to a brighter future


    Although 2024 got off to a challenging start in a persistently uncertain economic environment, Bike24 Holding AG, the German e-commerce retailer for cycling, running and swimming sports, expects a return to growth with improved profitability.

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    Acquisition of Marucci cushions decline in Fox Factory's SSG bike product sales


    Suspension specialist Fox Factory Holding Corp. announced that the company met expectations with a 16.6 percent decline in sales in the first quarter (compared to Q1 2023) to $333.47 million (€309.91m): all three of Fox Factory’s divisions suffered sales declines.

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