Fyxation is a bicycle company based in Milwaukee, founded by Nick and Ben Ginster in 2009. The initial products were pedals, handlebars and tires; this has been expanded to include frames, complete bicycles, leather beer and wine caddies. Bicycle models include fixed-gear, cyclo-cross, fatbikes. Fyxation entered a distribution agreement with QBP in 2011. Fyxation opened a retail location in the Silver City section of Milwaukee, adjacent to the Hank Aaron Trail, in 2013, they moved to the Riverwest neighborhood in the spring of 2015. Milwaukee Bicycle Co
Timbuk2 is a San Francisco-based bag manufacturer and marketer. The company produces a variety of made-to-order bags. Timbuk2 is owned by private equity group TB2 Investors. In 2014, the company was ranked as the 2nd largest manufacturer in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times. Timbuk2 was founded in 1989 by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in a garage in San Francisco's Mission District. Honeycutt was fascinated by "just in time" manufacturing and studied the Toyota manufacturing model which led him to develop a bag pattern, able to accommodate custom orders from independent bike dealers in San Francisco; the company was named Scumbags, Honeycutt changed the name to Timbuk2 Designs in 1990. The name Timbuk2 was inspired in part by the American rock band Timbuk3 and the company's swirl logo was designed by Honeycutt and is meant to mimic the rotation of a bike wheel. While its product line has since expanded beyond custom bags, Timbuk2 has continually designed and manufactured all its custom products in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood since 1989.
Non-custom products are manufactured in China and Indonesia. The company launched its flagship retail store in Hayes Valley, San Francisco in 2006. In 2011, Timbuk2 launched a bicycle share program in its retail stores. In 2013, the Timbuk2 opened a retail location in Washington; that same year, the company incorporated recycled Bike to Work banners into messenger bags and donated a portion of the profits to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Patti Cazzato was appointed to the role of CEO in July 2014; that same year, the company encouraged bag owners to reuse and recycle their bags through its Timbuk2 Life Cycle program. Timbuk2 added retail locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto in 2014; that same year, Timbuk2 collaborated with Blue Bottle Coffee Company to release a coffee travel kit. In July 2016, the company collaborated with the footwear company New Balance to release specially branded products; the company opened a flagship store in NoHo, Manhattan in October 2016. In June 2017, the company opened an additional location in Brooklyn.
International Surrey Company
International Surrey Company Ltd. called "The Surrey Company", is a quadracycle manufacturer based in La Marque, United States. The company began production in the mid-1980s and specializes in providing products for the quadracycle rental market; the company was formed as a quadracycle rental operator in 1970 under the name The Surrey Company with locations in Kissimmee and Galveston, Texas. The company operated an affiliate under the name Beach Bike Rentals, they rented out the Italian bolt-together framed Selene Surrey. The renting of quadracycles was found to be hard on the imported models and the quadracycles suffered equipment failures as a result; the Surrey Company made improved replacement parts, such as awnings and frames for these models and suggested improvements to the European manufacturers. By the mid-1980s the company found that it was economical to build their own complete quadracycles and decided to become a manufacturing operation. In 1996 the company started shipping products outside the United States for the first time and changed their name to International Surrey Company to reflect this new market focus.
Quadracycles started out as leisure vehicles, but in the 21st century many are now used as a sustainable transportation alternative for short trips to neighborhood stores and schools. The company now offers Surreys with a newly developed 7 speed transmission. OS Series Surrey DX Series Surrey California Cruzer OS Series Surrey Limousine DX Series Surrey Limousine Surrey Stretch Limousine Bike Bullet Trike Surrey Tram Roadrunner Surrey Special edition Surrey Taxi Company Website
Sam Hill (cyclist)
Sam Hill, is an Australian professional enduro mountain biker and former professional downhill racer. He was two time consecutive UCI World Downhill Champion during years 2006–2007 for Iron Horse racing team, he won the 2010 world championships in Mont Saint Anne, riding for the Monster Energy Specialized team on a Specialized Demo 8 II. He won the 2007 and 2009 UCI Elite Men's Downhill World Cup. In December 2012 it was announced; as of 2016, Hill won the 2017 Enduro World Series overall title. In the same year he raced the Downhill World Championships in Cairns, Australia on his enduro bike where he finished sixth. In 2001, aged 16 years old, Sam Hill first came into the international mountain bike racing scene, attending his first overseas race travelling Canada and the US, he came third at the Vail World Championships in the Under 19 Downhill event. In 2002 he won the Under 19 Australian Championships; the same year he was crowned Junior Downhill World Champion at the World Championships in Kaprun, Austria.
In 2003, aged just 18, Hill won both the Australian and Oceania Downhill Championships in the Elite category. He went on to defend his Junior World Champion title in Lugano, Switzerland, he starred in the 2010 mountain bike movie Follow Me. Sam Hill is known for his skill in riding steep, technical courses as opposed to flatter courses that require pedaling, he has won on one of the steeper, more technical tracks on the World Cup Circuit, Schladming. His famous run in Champery is testament to his remarkably high skill level on technical courses. Sam achieved a 2nd-place finish in Rd. 3 of the 2016 Enduro World Series in Ireland on a course that required significant pedaling strength and technical ability. 2003 Downhill World Championships, Switzerland At the time Sam was only 18 years of age and still in the junior class. He went into this race as the favourite to win the junior title; the track was perfect for Sam's style and technical. Eric Carter, the mtb legend saw Sam riding for the first time at this race and said of him, "He went through a section so fast, it was so rocky and muddy and loose, that I couldn't understand... how he made his bike do what it did".
During his race run he had a crash but still managed to walk away with the junior title, but somewhat he came third out of all the times on the day. If he had stayed on he would have beaten Greg Minaar for the fastest time and the Senior Men's World Title at the age of 18. 2007 World Cup round 2, Champéry, Switzerland After placing fifth at round one in Vigo, all eyes were glued on Sam Hill in round two. The steep and technical track seemed tailor made for the young Australian. All seemed to be going well for Hill when he qualified in first place early on race day, besting the second place qualifier by over 14 seconds! Hill was looking confident for Finals. However, with 30 riders left to set off, on arguably the most dangerous course the world cup series has seen in many years, the skies opened up, it had rained every day at this time the whole weekend, but not this hard. Riders who qualified in the top ten, were seen finishing in early fifties; when last man to down the track, set off, no one could believe their eyes.
The World Champion at the time was ripping down the track faster than top riders were riding it in the bone dry, perfect conditions. Hill's split time was faster than second place, but a fall in his run meant the Aussie ended up in a respectable third position, just 1.63sec off first place rider Matti Lehikoinen, who completed his final run in the dry. Hill's run will go down in history as one of the greatest runs in the wet, if not one of the greatest ever. Dan Atherton quoted "He showed us all that it ain't over,'till its over". Further, eventual winner Matti Lehikoinen stated after the race "I played the tactics, but Sam is the winner of the day. No questions". Steve Peat said "Sam is the King – give him the crown." Despite his remarkable and unmatched talent for riding in unfavorable conditions, Sam admits that he rides in the rain. In an interview with Steve Jones of Dirt Magazine featured in the film'Earthed 5: The Law of Fives', when asked if it rained that hard in Australia and if he was used to riding in such conditions Sam replied "I don't see a raindrop when I'm in Australia".
Jones asked "So you never ride in the rain?" Hill's reply was "My bike gets muddy". 2008 Downhill World Championships, Val di Sole, Italy Sam Hill came into this race the reigning world champion. With four riders left on the hill Sam Hill started his final run. At the split he was five seconds up and no one could believe how fast he was going the commentator, Rob Warner, a former world level racer. Rob Warner yelled "Look how fast he's going!", "It looks like the film has been speeded up!". Sam was estimated 10 seconds up, he pulled one of his classic drift turns around the corner but as he straightened up on exit his bike washed out from under him. He got straight back on his bike but it had cost him his lead and he finished 0.5 of a second behind eventual second place Steve Peat. 2010 Downhill World Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
Centurion (bicycle company)
Centurion was a brand of bicycles created in 1969 by Mitchell M. Weiner and Junya Yamakoshi, who co-founded Western States Import Co. in Canoga Park, California to design, specify and market the bicycles. The bikes themselves were manufactured in Japan by companies including H. Tano Company of Kobe and in Taiwan by companies including Merida; the Centurion brand was consolidated with WSI's mountain bike brand Diamond Back in 1990. WSI ceased operations in 2000. Centurion and WSI competed in the U. S. against domestic and European bicycle manufacturers including Schwinn, Peugeot and Motobecane — as well as other nascent Japanese bicycle brands including Miyata, Bridgestone, Univega and Nishiki — itself a line of Japanese-manufactured bicycles that were specified and marketed by West Coast Cycles — a U. S. company similar to WSI. Japanese-manufactured bikes succeeded in the U. S. market until currency fluctuations in the late 1980s made them less competitive, leading companies to source bicycles from Taiwan.
WSI marketed the Centurion brand of road and touring bicycles in the United States using the tag line "Where Centurion leads, others must follow" and "A Lifetime Bicycle", offering a warranty without time limit. For a brief period the bikes carried a "Centurion Bicycle Works" headbadge; the German company Centurion, which still exists, imported Centurion bikes from Japan to Germany from 1976 on and bought the name-rights in 1990. According to Frank J. Berto, Raleigh Industries of America had been looking at a Japanese source for their Grand Prix model. Raleigh America ordered 2,000 bicycles from Tano and Company of Osaka but their parent company in England, TI-Raleigh, disapproved — concerned that the Tano-built bikes were too well made and would have outsold their own British bikes. Raleigh's sales agent, Mitchell Weiner, reading The New Centurions at the time, took receipt of the bikes, placed Centurion decals on the bikes and marketed them subsequently forming Western State Imports after merging with Rick Wilson's company, Wil-Go of Santa Clara, California.
Because the bikes had all been intended as Raleigh Grand Prix models, as Centurions, they carried the colors of the Raleigh America Grand Prix model. Cozy Yamakoshi served as the company's product development manager, designing the bike's frames, coordinating the manufacture of the bikes by Japanese manufacturers, importing the bikes into the US. Subsequently, around 1986, Centurion introduced their first Taiwanese built the Signet; the Cinelli Equipe Centurion of 1985 was a joint-venture of Cinelli of Italy. Early bike sales were limited to the West Coast, with the brand receiving wider exposure by the late 1970s. WSI stopped using the Centurion brand name in 1990, consolidating their road and touring bikes under the Diamond Back brand. While the brand Centurion had become well known, under the new brand name the company's market for road and touring bicycles soon evaporated. Early Diamond Back models carried a top tube decal reading "Centurion Designed" and stickers near the bottom bracket reading "Designed in the USA" and "Exclusively built for WSI."
Diamondback Bicycles was sold to Raleigh USA, manufacture was moved to Taiwan. WSI opened an office in Van Nuys and maintained offices in Dallas, Denver and Dayton, New Jersey — in addition a headquarters in Newbury Park, California. After Weiner died, the company continued its growth under the management of Mike Bobrick. Cozy Yamakoshi and development manager, worked with Mike Bobrick and Sandy Finkelman and left Diamond Back in 1986, to start Parkpre Mountain Bike in 1989. Parkpre USA was based in Moorpark, Southern California, USA. Producing bikes from the early 1990s until 1998. Ken Yamakoshi, son of Cozy Yamakoshi, is in the process of re-launching Parkpre in the US; the rights to the brand name Centurion were sold to Germany's Wolfgang Renner in 1991. Renner had imported Centurion to Germany since 1976, including made-extra models like the first German mountainbike "Country". Today, Centurion remains as a German brand with engineering in-house. Centurion marketed a full line of road and touring bikes, with steel construction ranging from full high-tensile 1020 steel at the lower end, to full chromoly bikes at their high end — with top quality componentry.
Notable models included: Centurion Cinelli Equipe: WSI/Centurion and Cinelli offered the co-branded Centurion Cinelli Equipe for model year 1984/85, as a joint-venture, designed by Cino Cinelli several years after he retired in 1979 and sold Cinelli to the Columbo family, manufacturers of Columbus tubing. The Cinelli Equipe's production was supervised by his staff; the bike featured all Cinelli frame components: Columbus SL tubing. Other markings include a "Cinelli Equipe" decal on down-tube just above shifters and on left chain stay.
Independent Fabrication is a bicycle company located in Newmarket, New Hampshire, USA. IF fabricates bicycle frames from steel and carbon fiber. Independent Fabrication has twice won the Bicycling Magazine "Dream Bike of the Year" with its carbon-tubed, titanium-lugged XS road frame. Independent Fabrication is owned by its employees. In 2005, the company took; the show paired a growing business with a mentor from a more successful company. Independent Fabrication was paired with chief executive of Timberland. In 2011 the company announced its factory would move from Somerville, Massachusetts to Newmarket, NH within the year. A handful of IF's employees made the move with the company, several former employees returned. Independent Fabrication was formed by former employees of Fat City Cycles and Merlin Metalworks. Giana Roberge won the 2004 world masters time-trial championship in Austria on an XS. In 2007 Gary Smith bought 80% of the company, with the employees owning the remaining 20%. Independent Fabrication manufactures the following custom bicycle frame models: Corvid XS Factory Lightweight Factory Lightweight Crown Jewel SSR Club Racer Note SEC features carbon wishbone seat stays.
Corvid Cross Planet Cross SSX Deluxe Beatstick Independence Independent Fabrication has produced specials and one-off bikes. Some are show bikes, others have been built to the requirements of customers or other companies: BMXS XS version of the Planet Cross cyclocross bike. Phil Wood Piss Off Tungsten Electrode full suspension Various Dual Slalom/4X frames. An Independent Fabrication Owners' Club launched in 2004, it has a register of over 1,750 IF bikes. Independent Fabrication has a successful grassroots racing program. Racers past and present include: Tiffany Mann Maureen Bruno Roy Brian Keich Eric Roman Mike Ramponi Sr. IF Racing was formed in February 2008 by team director Jonathan Bruno; the squad is a newly expanded U25 Development program for pro mountain bike racing. In addition to efforts to promote environmental sustainability and healthy choices, the team will participate in an after-school cycling program for Boston public schools. Team Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ifracing/2010 Team Jonathan Bruno Evan Cooper Robbie King John Hanson Emerson Oronte Matt Buckley Vinnie Scalia Kevin Wolfson Todd Yezefski The team, which started as Merlin/Smartfuel in 1997 and in 2000 picked up sponsorship from Independent Fabrication, is based in New England and rides regional and National Racing Calendar events.
Current Riders: Brenda Bahnson Pauline Frascone Zoe Sheehan Michele Smith Silke WunderwaldFormer Riders: Katrina Davis Kirsten Grasshoff Katheryn Curi Mattis Lisa Maxwell Julia Oh Heather Peck Jessica Phillips Kathryn Roszko Marianne Stover Sarah Uhl Aimee Vasse Independent Fabrication Independent Fabrication Owners' Club Independent Fabrication Racing Team Independent Fabrication Racing Team
Jamis Bicycles is an American distributor of bicycles, designed in the USA and built in China and Taiwan. Jamis was acquired in 1990 by G. Joannou Cycle Co.. It is headed by Carine Joannou, chief executive of G. Joannou Cycles since taking over the family business when her father died in 1981. Jamis Bicycles was based in Florida, it introduced the Earth Cruiser, a beach cruiser, in 1979. In 1980, it made the Boss Cruiser, featuring a Cheeks saddle. Jamis sold its Boss Explorer comfort bicycle in 1981, combining the Boss Cruiser and early mountain bikes. In 1983, Jamis launched Jamis Lightfoot and Jamis Roughneck; the first Jamis Dakar in 1985 was a race-ready bicycle from the factory. The Dakar is still sold. In 1988, Jamis introduced the their first road bikes. In 1991, Jamis introduced Coda and Tangier hybrid-style bikes with an upright seating position and 700c tires. Jamis sold the Dragon, its mountain bike, in 1993, featuring a fillet-welded, hand-polished tube frame, Rock Shox front suspension, XTR drivetrain and Ultegra Hubs.
It made its first full-suspension bike in 1995. The off-road Dragon and on-road Eclipse were the first American-made production bikes to have Reynolds 853 tubing on their frames. In 1998, Jamis made the Diablo, with a molded-carbon monocoque frame, its Dakota mountain bike won the Bike of the Year Award from Mountain Biking. In 2000, Jamis won Bike of the Year again for bicycles under $800 with its Dakar Sport. 1998 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice award for innovative products - Jamis Diablo 1998 - Bicycling Magazine's Bike of the Year Award - Jamis Dakota 2000 - Mountain Biking magazine's Bike of the Year under $800 - Jamis Dakar Sport 2001 - Mountain Biking magazine's Bike of the Year $800 – $1500 - Jamis Dakar Comp 2004 - Bicycling Magazine as The Best Buy for a Comfort Road Bike - Jamis Coda Sport 2005 - Bicycling Magazine’s Editor’s Choice awards for Best Value Full-Suspension Mountain Bike - Jamis Dakar XLT 2005 - Bicycling Magazine’s Editor’s Choice awards for Best Value Enthusiast Road Bike - Jamis Quest 2006 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award as the Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike under $1000 - Jamis Diablo 7×7 2008 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Enthusiast Road Bike - Jamis Xenith Pro 2009 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Recreational Road Bike - Jamis Ventura Elite 2010 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Recreational Road Bike - Jamis Xenith Comp 2011 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Flat Bar Road Bike - Jamis Coda Sport 2013 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Recreational Road Bike - Jamis Icon Elite 2013 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Value 29" Hardtail Mountain Bike - Jamis Dragon 29 Sport 2014 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Recreational Road Bike - Jamis Icon Elite 2014 - Bicycling Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Best Women's Flat Bar Road Bike - Jamis Allegro Elite Femme Jamis Bikes Homepage Bicycling Magazine Mountain Biking Magazine Jamis Bikes Canada - Official sales and distribution for Canada