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Gazelle reaches 15 million bike milestone

by CyclingTips

Dutch company Gazelle has reached a massive milestone, assembling its 15 millionth bike in its factory in Dieren. The company, which has been owned by Pon Holdings since 2011, said that e-bikes are becoming more and more popular.

At present they account for 35 percent of the bikes assembled, but this is set to soar. “We will soon be producing even more e-bikes than regular bicycles,” said Ferdi Ertekin of Gazelle in a statement.

“Everything and everyone will soon be connected to the internet in real-time, including our bicycles. Riders will soon be better protected against bicycle theft and the e-bike will report itself if maintenance is necessary. In addition, trends such as bike sharing and bike rental will get a boost, because that will be easier with smart bicycles and online applications.”

The company was founded in 1892 and for years had a presence in the pro peloton. Their frames are now constructed in Asia, then brought to Dieren to be painted and assembled.

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