August 31st , 2006, Lake Forest, CA -Heading into to 2008 product development cycle, Felt Bicycles announces that Alan Foster will be taking on the duties of an Assistant Product Manager for Felt BMX. Brian Wilson, Director of Product Development, said: “The new responsibilities of specifying the bikes and working with Asian suppliers are in addition to the duties already on Alan’s plate with BMX Team Management and BMX Marketing. Considering the fact that Alan is working essentially every facet of the BMX category, his official title has become BMX Brand Manager. We congratulate Alan on his new position and welcome him to the PD team.”
Alex rims, manufacturers of some super BMX rims are proud to announce, that you can reach ALEXRIMS from today via our new European Office."Our European Office and our Team in Taiwan will work together, to give you our excellent support."
SBS ADDS BATAVUS, WINORA & LAPIERRE TO THEIR DISTRIBUTION NETWORK, AND WILL START WAREHOUSING REDLINE BIKES IN EUROPE. Kent, WA: SEATTLE BIKE SUPPLY, an Accell group company and owners of the brand name Redline, have recently appointed additional distributors to broaden its reach in Europe. In the USA, Redline Bicycles continues to be an industry leader of BMX bikes in the racing and freestyle categories. The additional distribution channels for Redline will be BATAVUS, WINORA and LAPIERRE. Batavus will represent Redline exclusively in the Benelux countries, while Winora will offer additional distribution in Germany and Austria. Lapierre Bicycles, based in France, will distribute the brand in Spain. Batavus ,Winora and Lapierre are all Accell Group companies.
Arcadia, California – After nearly 25 years of manufacturing the world’s greatest BMX racing components, Crupi’s current owner Benny Joseph is ready for a change. Benny, now 71 years old will be focusing all of his attention on his other company; Mortech Manufacturing and handing over Crupi to his General Manager and good friend, Greg Swingrover. Greg has an extensive background in BMX including 16 years of racing experience. Greg is the founding “S” of S & M Bicycles, a 10 year veteran with GT Bicycles as well as working the past 10 years as Crupi’s General Manager and front man. Greg’s vision for Crupi is first and foremost to continue making the best “high-end” racing components on the planet as well as moving the company forward with newer products and perhaps adding a more affordable line of racing products.
The other day Omar who rides for Pyskopath Industries/Bikes invited me over to their ramps in San Undisclosed , California. Psykopath started out as a rider owned racing team and later added on a freestyle team as well as products. Their "training facility" and office is based out of a house with a large ramp in the backyard. The entrance to the office is the best part since everyone walks up the ramp and climbs through the window. Inside there are bike parts everywhere and if there were any strangled hookers, they hid them well. Zack Held the team manager showed me the prototype of their 5150 frame. It has been revised to include a Spanish BB, internal headset and they shaved a bit of weight off as well.
Greasy Comb Distribution has added a new employee to their roster. Dave Davenport is the newest member to the Greasy Comb Team. Some of you might know of Dave from his days at GT Bicycles, S&M Bikes/Fit Bike Co., and Tip Plus.
Dave will be helping out with Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, and Product Development.
Name: Leland W. Thurman Age: 31 Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
What do you do to make this a Bizznizz interview? Leland: Well Bart, first of all I sleep until noon, first thing out of bed, I put my hat on, then make a pot of coffee to start the day... sit in front of my computer in my underwear until about 3 or 4, checking e-mails and whatnot, making sure things are getting done, you know, real business stuff.
June, 2006 – Oklahoma City, OK - Mat Hoffman, of Hoffman Bikes, and Mark Owen, owner of newly formed Sidewall Distribution, LLC, announced today that Sidewall Distribution will manage and become the exclusive USA distributor of the Hoffman Bikes Brand.Mat Hoffman had this to say about the agreement. “I am very excited to announce that I have reached an agreement with longtime employee and friend, [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=770]Mark Owen[/url], and his new company Sidewall Distribution. For some time now I’ve been looking for a business structure that would allow me to step away from the day-to-day management of Hoffman Bikes. I would like to have more time to focus on dreaming up new projects, riding, flying my paraglider and other flying toys, promoting Hoffman Bikes and of course devote more time to my family. I still plan on being involved, just not as hands-on as in the past. Mark has been working for Hoffman Bikes since 1992. You name it Mark has done it for me. "
Name: Steve Crandall Age: 31 Hometown: Ithaca, New York
When did you start FBM? Crandall: Officially, it was 1993, but probably even a little before then.
What made you decide to go against the Asians and start making bikes in-house? Steve: We are not against anybody getting frames made overseas. The decision to make bikes on our own, was due to our difficulties with other manufacturers, and desire to try and be more self sufficient. Bikes made in a factory are only as good as the person in charge, and how much they give a shit. Big Dave runs the machine shop at FBM, and is very skilled, experienced, and he is a super fun dude to hangout with.
The people at FELT are looking for an individual with a strong knowledge of BMX products to join their inside sales team and help develop their rapidly growing BMX sales division.
Daily job functions include incoming and outgoing phone sales and customer service. An important part of the job will include close liaison with Product Development Team to share sales trends gathered from dealer phone calls.
This opening is based out of Felt's Southern California Sales and Technical Center.