X-Technology has split the distribution of its products on the Austrian market into two different channels - one for skiing, outdoor and running, and the other one for cycling. Sport ACI Agent-Consultant-Importer continues to be the local distributor for outdoor- and sports-related items. ACI is also the local agency for Casco helmets and Mountain Force, the Swiss brand of snow and outerwear. For bikewear, the new Austrian agency is Thalinger Lange which is the local marketer of important bike-relevant brands like Continental, Cratoni, Schwalbe, Chiba, Sigma Sport and Shimano. In 2000, Thalinger joined forces with the German Paul Lange company, the long time distributor of Shimano in Germany, to jointly sell bicycle products into Austria. With its brands X-Bionic and X-Socks, X-Technology is following a scheme in Austria similar to the one used in Switzerland in May where the local bikewear business was handed over to Fuchs-Movesa, another partner company of Lange.