Last week I visited Taichung to check out what new products were coming out in 2010 and to network with bicycle industry professionals. I also had the privilege of attending the grand opening of FSA’s new and bigger factory. The article I wrote about the opening can be found on Bikeradar.com
. A couple of photos from FSA opening are displayed the end of this posting.
Taiwan is a global leader of product development in the bicycle industry and it is the second largest exporter of bicycles in the world. Over the years, Taiwan’s bicycle manufacturers have become more innovative and ambitious in the production of high-end bicycles to satisfy discerning cyclists. Higher levels of cooperation and strong competition within the industry has given designers and producers the opportunity to work together to create more cutting-edge components and bicycles.
Some of the interesting new products that caught my eye include:A Titanium chain that supposedly outlasts Dura-Ace by 4,000kmsFunn MTB Components new custom line and pretty Taiwanese modelsA new bike transmission system that has no maintenance and aimed at commuters and cycle touringSuper-lightweight tires for racing – lighter than any that is currently out there on the marketSan Marco’s new REGALe Racing Team saddle – stay tuned for their exciting announcement over the next few daysFSA’s new in-development 11-speed component setFSA’s time trial bars with buttons for smooth gear shiftingFirst Choice Components with their new lighting/GPS systemPro-lite with their award-winning wheel-sets – newest product for 2010 is the 5-spoke carbon front wheelPlus alot more!
A couple of Taiwanese product managers discussing strategy at the FSA opening
Specialized Vice President being congratulated by Douglas Chiang, owner of FSA
FSA factory worker assembling the crank-set