One Million E-Bikes Sold in Germany in 2018; Up 36 Percent!

BAD SODEN, Germany – E-bikes are boosting the German bicycle industry as the sales volume hiked by a staggering 36 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. No less than 980,000 units were sold last year. Today every one out of four bicycles sold in Germany is an electric one.
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New Welding Technology Takes Hi-End Aluminum Frames To Next Level

LOS ANGELES, USA – A team of the University of California (UCLA) has developed a new welding technology for high quality aluminum. It takes alloy frames to the next level as it offers the possibility to weld AA7075 alloy. This brings superlight and superstrong frames able to compete with the ones made of carbon. Does it offer opportunities for a new generation of e-MTBs?
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E-Bike Now Biggest Category in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Increasing consumer spending, sunny weather during the summer of 2018 and an ongoing interest in e-mobility products led to an unprecedented market expansion in the Netherlands. The e-bike’s market share jumped from 31% to 40% while the total market volume increased by 5.7%. In value, the Dutch market reached historical high levels.
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Ducati’s first E-MTBs Arrive in April on EU Markets

BOLOGNA, Italy – At the 2018 Milan EICMA two-wheeler show on the booth of Italian motorbike legend Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. e-MTBs made a star appearance. They are named ‘Ducati MIG-RR powered by Thok’. Since last month they can be ordered at both the Ducati dealer network throughout Europe and via the company webshop. First shipments of the Ducati e-MTBs are planned for next April.
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Decathlon Focuses Stronger on Bikes with New Brands for Each Category

PLOCHINGEN, Germany – With a campaign in Germany for its road bikes, Decathlon is introducing two new brand names: Triban as well as Van Rysel. These two are not the only new names coming for the bikes retailed by the sporting goods giant. Next to the already longtime used B’Twin name there is more to come. March 2019 will see Decathlon having “specific brands for mountain bikes, racing bikes, kid bikes, urban-/city bikes, cross/trekking bikes and folding bikes”.
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Vittoria Launches 2nd Generation Graphene Tyres

BANGKOK, Thailand – Vittoria announces the introduction of its 2nd generation Graphene tyres. “With the aim to push the boundaries continuously, we succeeded in the development of a new generation of Graphene tyres,” said President and founder of Vittoria Industries Rudie Campagne yesterday at the company’s compound factory in Rayong nearby Bangkok, Thailand.
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Public Bike Provider Nextbike Steps up Pace by Electrifying its Fleet

SANGERHAUSEN, Germany – Public bike sharing systems around Europe as well as in other parts of the world are increasingly being electrified. Also nextbike, the German bike sharing system provider that claims to be leading in Europe, is adding more and more electric bicycles to its fleets that are operating in some 60 German cities as well as in 27 other countries and 150 cities worldwide like Dubai, Berlin, Pittsburgh and Warsaw.
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UK E-bike Imports Hold Steady in 2018 and Show Swing to EU

LONDON, UK – An analysis of the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs trade statistics comparing Jan-Dec 2017 with the same period for 2018, detailing e-bikes entering the UK under CN code 8711 60 10 shows only a modest increase in the total of units entering the country. They increased from 62,544 to 63,673, year on year growth of around 1.8 percent.
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OEMs Join SRAM’s Introduction of New Red eTap AXS Groupset

CHICAGO, USA – ‘Always in the right gear’ is SRAM’s payoff for eTap AXS groupset launched yesterday. The new bike component integration system take wireless shifting to the next level. The SRAM AXS app allows riders to see battery status, change component behavior, personalize controls, get maintenance reminders, and update firmware.
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McKinsey: Will MicroMobility Market Boom or Bust?

FRANKFURT, Germany – Is the buzz surrounding shared micromobility overwhelming its real-world potential? The business model has gained tremendous attention recently, as interest builds and new investment dollars flood into the space. But questions concerning the ultimate size and scope of the shared micromobility market have also emerged. The global management consulting firm McKinsey&Company made a thorough assessment of its potential.
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Biggest Bike Retail Chain in U.S. Closes its Stores

PHILADELPHIA, USA – Performance Bicycle, once the biggest bike retail chain in the U.S. with 104 stores and 1,700 employees, is closing all its outlets. The company is to continue as an e-commerce business. It’s the latest development in the collapse of Patrick Cunnane’s Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE).
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Is Sales of Regular Bikes Finally Stabilizing?

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A small but significant growth showed the 2017 import of conventional bikes into the EU 28 member states from countries outside Europe. Was this a first sign of a rising demand for regular bicycles? Import figures for the first nine months of 2018 do not show continued increases. However, neither are big drops indicated by the Eurostat data. Is it implying a stabilizing sales trend for conventional bikes despite the further rise in e-bike popularity all around Europe?
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