Visiting Orbea: a bike brand 175 years in the making

Like Flanders and Brittany, the Basque region is one of the true heartlands of European cycling. The flags of these regions have become as iconic and recognisable in the sport as the Campagnolo or Colnago logos. These regions breed fans, riders and brands that are truly entwined with the sport. The Basque region sits in …


Visiting the home of Canyon bikes in Koblenz, Germany

On a recent trip to Germany for the annual cycling Disneyland that is Eurobike, we took a detour to the town of Koblenz, sitting on the banks of the River Rhine roughly an hour west of Frankfurt. For many it’s just an ordinary German town, but for bike fans and especially German cycling fans it’s a destination — …


A tour of Giant’s Taichung factory

When it comes to big bike brands, they don’t come much bigger than Giant. For more than 40 years the Taiwanese-based company has been making bikes of all varieties for cyclists around the world including, for the past 27 years, high-end carbon fibre road bikes. CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett visited the Giant factory in …


Behind the scenes at SRAM – a company tour

Put the words “Made in” in front of the word “Taiwan”, and it’s typically off-putting to many people. The perception is that products made in Taiwan, as with those made in China, are cheap and poor-quality. That perception exists across the board – if you’re talking about clothing, electronics or (in our case) cycling gear. …


A tour of the Castelli-Sportful factory

Manifattura Valcismon might not be a name you’re familiar with. The two cycling clothing brands that are owned and operated by this company, however, might a little more familiar. Castelli and Sportful both sit under this parent company and both share the same large industrial building in the town of Fonzaso in the Italian region …


Powermeter shoes and a factory tour: behind the scenes with Luck

Editor’s Note: One of the many highlights from this year’s Eurobike was Spanish shoe manufacture Luck’s prototype power meter that was built into the sole of one of the company’s top-end shoes. After the original article featuring the shoe caught many people’s attention, CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett visited the Luck factory to learn more …


Inside Zipp: what it takes to be a leading wheel brand

Last month CyclingTips’ David Everett travelled to Indianapolis to experience first-hand how Zipp makes its wheels, to meet the people involved, and to find out what’s made them such a success. What Dave discovered was a company that has stayed true to its roots while becoming a world leader in wheel design and technology.


The new old-school: the story behind Silca’s $450 floor pump

On a recent trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett spent some time with the team at Silca, a famous Italian floor pump manufacturer that has been revitalised by a recent move to the US. Dave sent back the following story and the photos you see below.


Made in Italy: A tour of the Gipiemme factory

There’s no doubt that a simple ‘Made in Italy’ label has considerable currency in the world of cycling. Campagnolo, Colnago, Pinarello, SMS Santini and many more brands besides use their Italian heritage as a key selling point. And it works – for many people, Italian-made will always be the ultimate when it comes to cycling …


A factory tour and more: behind the scenes with Champion System

For most of us, the process of ordering custom cycling kit is simple. You choose your design, place your order then wait a few weeks for your items to arrive. But here at CyclingTips we were interested to learn a bit more about the process. On our flying visit to Hong Kong and China this …


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