XP Innovation, LLC has acquired BMX Cataloger and E-tailer, Dan's Competition, LLC from New York based multi-title merchant Alloy, Inc. XP Innovation, LLC is owned and operated by Dustin Wilson, William Cartwright and Steve Kalsch, current management team members of Dan's Comp.
Steve Kalsch, President of XP Innovation states, "We acquired the business after learning Alloy was interested in selling Dan's Comp to focus on it's other core brands." Kalsch, who has over 18 years experience in the direct marketing industry, notably with outdoor sporting goods supplier Gander Mountain, Norm Thompson and most recently with Dan's Comp, goes on to state, "This is a great opportunity and we plan to continue providing a wide selection of products at competitive prices."
The Subdivision Show is an annual gathering of BMX companies, dealers and riders. Andy Zeiss made the trip over to Binghampton and took the following pictures. We checked in with Steve Crandall, one of the organizers, to see what the show is all about.
FATBMX: How many years have you had the Subdivision show going?
Steve: This was the 3rd year in a row...
This year's show will feature an entire weekend of events including: a street contest, a flatland jam, a miniramp or bowl contest, and a concert featuring bands popular in BMX culture today. By combining several different aspects of BMX Steve Crandall and his crew are able to offer a more inclusive experience than you will find anywhere else.
The BMX Industry Trade Show will be a three day event. Thursday will be open to dealers and exhibitors only - offering you the opportunity to meet face to face with the companies you already deal with, as well as new and up-and-coming companies. Dealers will be able to check out summer and back to school products first hand, and know what they will be getting before they place an order.
The [url=http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=6583982549]link to this survey[/url] will most likely be a strong determining factor in how BMX is handled in the USA in regards of allowance in public skateparks. If you are a park owner and want to put in your two cents, please take a few minutes to fill it out and also pass it on to any city people or anyone that could help.
Greasy Comb Distribution is announcing the addition of four brands to its growing line-up: Proper Bike Co. (UK), Superstar (France), St. Martin (France) & Tioga (Japan). David Wooten, Greasy Comb's U.S. rep explained that he is very excited to work with each of the brands, due largely in part to their unique product lines. Here's a bit more from Wooten on who each of the brands are and what they have to offer.
Proper Bike Co: The UK-based company is owned and operated by Vert rider Carlo Griggs Carlo who also designs most of Proper's products. Proper is a very popular brand in other parts of the world and has now decided to enter the ultra-competitive U.S. market. We are very excited to work with a brand like Proper that is already well known and desired.
Lake Forest, Calif. - April 2005 -GT awarded its international distributors at its annual International Distributors' sales meeting this week for outstanding performances supporting the GT brand."We had one of the best ID meetings in GT history this past week, a reflection of an outstanding year thus far," said Pete Garski, director of GT's international sales. "Our 2005 model year international sales are up more than 37% over the 2004 model year."
Award winners at the GT meeting include:
In March 2003 Martti Kuoppa and Jorge Gomez met up in Malaga (Spain) to practice flatland together. While taking a lunch break at the beach the very first idea joining together as a company came up. And the most obvious name for the company was "Kuoppa Gomez bikes", KGB. Within 2 minutes both, Kuoppa and Gomez made the decision about founding KGB and to leave their current bike sponsors. Now, two years later, we checked in with Viki and Martti on the developments of the KGB brand.
Some time has passed since you started KGB, what products have you been able to put on the market and sell to the KGB fans?
Having your own place to ride is sweet but it's easier said than done to get your local park. The core builders of The Promise park know all about it. It was work, work and more work for months. 2 divorces and 1 broken relationship later they have their own spot to ride. Learn more about the park with Max Laisina:
Jim Cielencki left KinkBMX and started a BMX/Skate shop called Sunday. Now Jim has started a bike company called Sunday so we had to fire off some questions to learn more about it all.
FATBMX: You recently started a BMX/skate shop. Was it always a dream to have your own shop?Jim Cielencki: Well, my partner J.P. and I have been talking about doing a shop for almost 8 years now, so I guess it was a dream. I have always hated going to shops where you couldn't find exactly what you wanted, the people were not riders and they were trying to nickel and dime you for the products. We all want instant gratification, so it is the best to be able to go and get a new video when you are bored. So yeah it was a dream, it is great and my video collection is getting bigger.
Top secret stuff, here â€¦ using vital input from their new freestyle team, Redline just received the first proto-type frames for Mike â€œRooftopâ€? Escamilla, canuck Dustin Guenther and the man with more irons in the oven than anyone else-- Rich Hirsch. This frame was designed and spec’ed by RL’s new freestyle militia.