Stevens Bikes was birthed in Hamburg Germany in 1991, the brainchild of brothers Werner and Wolfgang von Hacht. The boys themselves were born and raised in Hamburg and raced bikes in their younger days before opening a bike shop in the 1970s.
Hasus has been making casual and performance cycling shoes for over 20 years. ‘High quality plus price plus innovation’ is their catchcry and it seems their Wind Rider Blades blend these three tenets quite well.
Founded in 1972 by Ike Tseng in Taiwan, Merida has a long history of bicycle design and manufacture, initially basing its production facility layout on the Raleigh factory in England, for whom Merida produced cycles for the US market.
Until recently the SRAM-owned ZIPP resided exclusively in the upper echelons of wheelsets, thanks in large part to the much drooled over Firecrest series. Depending on who you talk to this meant SRAM’s decision to introduce a more affordable range of clincher wheelsets – ZIPP 30 and ZIPP 60 – earlier this year was either a stroke of commercial genius, or a risky move away from its ultra-high performance heartland. Peter Maniaty put the entry level versions of the much-heralded 101 and 404 wheelsets to the test. And wasn’t disappointed.
Australian company Azzurri was founded on the idea of making high quality, affordable bikes and has been around for about 12 years. The brand is now well represented in many facets of cycling; their track frames are very highly regarded and their triathlon range has proven year after year to be a great value proposition.
Brooks started in business almost 150 years ago in 1866. Way back then, the bicycle was a recently invented mode of transport that wouldn’t achieve popularity for another two decades (until the pneumatic tyre was invented by Dunlop), the production car was still fifty years off and most people travelled by horse or on foot.
OOPS! We made an error with the photos of the Giant TCR SLR1 in the November December issue! We're very sorry about that, and more than a little embarrassed. Anyway here is the review, in full, with the correct images. It's definitely worth a read.
You may not have heard of the Rikulau brand before as it has a very recent history in Australia. In fact the company began in 2006 in Taiwan and immediately began attracting attention when they exhibited their bikes at Eurobike.
Dutch bicycle company Van Nicholas began in 2006 and its strong growth attracted attention of the Accell Group, which bought Van Nicholas in 2011. Accell, one of the largest bicycle companies in the world, also owns brands you may have heard of like Raleigh, Koga, Diamond Back, Ghost, Lapierre and Redline along with many others you may not have.
Enigma is a UK based manufacturer best known for their high-end titanium bikes. They build custom made frames in the UK, or for lower cost supply frames, made to Enigma specs, direct from their Chinese factory.