On these pages you will find the latest news on everything that is going on within ETRA, within the European twowheel business and on all European affairs which concern European twowheel retailers. The news items are broken down into bicycle issues, PTW issues and common issues. “Older” news can be found in the archives.
Gocycle G2 Premieres at EUROBIKE 2012 and Receives EUROBIKE Award.
Karbon Kinetics Ltd. (KKL), announced that Gocycle G2—the second-generation model of its award-winning electric two-wheeler—has received the EUROBIKE Award at the model’s premiere at the EUROBIKE 2012 show. GoCycle is an associated member of ETRA. Organised by iF International Forum Design GmbH and sponsored by Messe Friedrichshafen, the EUROBIKE Award was read more
Shimano introduces new top shoe R320 with 'dynalast'
This summer SHIMANO introduces a new top performing race shoe, the SH-R320. The SH-R320 is the successor of the popular SH-R315 shoe that is widely used in the professional peloton. Based on the feedback of our sponsored riders (e.g. Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Simon Gerrans, Bauke Mollema, team Argos-Shimano), SHIMANO was able to improve the SH-R320 shoe even more. SHIMANO increased the read more
15th edition of the Bike Brno fair
Bike Brno - the leading and most important show for the central and eastern European market - will open its doors one month earlier than before. This year’s 15th show edition will be held from 4 to 7 October as usual in the Czech Republic’s second-largest city Brno. During the previous run 190 exhibitors displayed their products of over 300 Czech and international brands. Thanks to read more
Pedelecs Adventure: tour de Mongolia: Bosch Power versus Horse Power
In their latest tour, the founders of Pedelec Adventures – journalist Susanne Brüsch and expedition leader Ondra Veltrusky – crossed breath-taking scenery from Mongolia’s geographical center to the old capital Karakorum on electric bikes. The Berlin-based team truly put Bosch’s most powerful propulsion system to the test – fording rivers and scaling steep read more
ETRA Seminars for the Electric Bike Business at Eurobike: don't forget to register!
In the framework of the forthcoming Eurobike show, ETRA organises 3 short morning seminars on themes which of are of particular interest to the electric bike sector. On Wednesday 29 August, the Dutch (electric) bicycle dealer Jeroen Verbakel explains why bicycle dealers should enter the electric bike business. He will answer all questions which may keep dealers from adding electric read more
Lobbying is a matter regarding everyone!
"The political work in order to promote cycling is important for the whole industry," says Albert Herresthal, managing director of VSF (Verbund Service und Fahrrad - Alliance and bicycle service). "And everyone can and should do something about it in his environment," adds Konrad Weyhmann, Head of Corporate Communications at Paul Lange & Co. This work can read more
Schwalbe complete with 650B line
How strongly 650B can assert itself alongside the two established size giants is unknown. But one thing is for certain: several bike manufacturers are already working on this size. No sooner had 29ers been established in the marketplace another new wheel size became the focus of attention. But while the twenty niners took almost ten years to prevail in Europe, 650B was already the topic read more
VDZ joins ETRA
Gent/Brussels/Bielefeld, 21 June 2012- ETRA welcomes the Verband des deutschen Zweiradhandels e.V. (VDZ) as a new effective member. VDZ is a German bicycle trade association and is located in Bielefeld. As a member of the German retail association Handelsverband Deutschland, VDZ represents specialist bicycle dealers. The association advocates the interests of the German two-wheel read more
DAHON, folding bike pioneer Adds Nikos Maniatopoulos S.A. as distributor for Greece and Cyprus
Duarte, California, June 12, 2012 - Dahon, the world leader in folding bicycles, is pleased to announce Nikos Maniatopoulos S.A. as the official Dahon distributor for Greece and Cyprus. Despite difficult economic circumstances prevailing in Greece and Cyprus, the cycling industry has continued to grow substantially as consumers turn to cost-effective and sustainable transportation read more
Registration open for the Electric Bike Technician Level 1 Training Course
The Light Electric Vehicle Association Announces Registration is Open for the Electric Bike Technician Level 1 Training Course to be held July 9 or August 6, 2012 LEVA is hosting its first Electric Bike Technician Level 1 Training Course for instructors and students presented by LEVA Member Don Gerhardt. The class, in a webinar format, is two hours long and the entire course read more