Advanced Thin-Walled Dry-Tech Plastic Bearings Moving into Bikes

COLOGNE, Germany – The company is named igus and contrary to how it wants its name to be printed it is by no means a small company. Igus stems from Cologne, Germany and is a leader in bearings (made from metal to plastic) employing 3,500 people and operating in 97 countries including Taiwan. At last March Taipei Cycle Show the company displayed a range of solutions for the bicycle industry which are currently in use by various manufacturers.
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Dutch University and Gazelle Develop Smart Power Steering for (Electric) Bikes

DELFT, the Netherlands – It’s a kind of power steering for e-bikes but much smarter than the ones for cars. At least this is what the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands and Gazelle claim. They have developed “smart steering support” for bikes. It comes as a headset integrated motor that adjusts the steering when the cyclist is in danger of falling down.
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Production at Fritz Jou Bikes Europe Picks Up Speed

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Fritz Jou Mfg. Co. Ltd was among the first overseas companies who announced to invest in a production facility in the Bike Value Portugal. Bike Europe had the opportunity to talk exclusively with Fritz Jou Mfg. Co, Ltd founder and President Fritz Jou about his European ambitions. “The factory is already operational and by the end of 2019, we expect everything to be ready. Then our annual capacity is 300,000 units,” said Fritz Jou.
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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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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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