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2013 International Bicycle Design Competition at the Taipei Cycle Show

Thin Bike by Roger Rodriguez Bodi (RRB estudi d'arquitectura) from Spain

Thin Bike is a light racing bike with frame tubings as thin as one centimeter in diameter, made possible thanks to the locked solid cyclinder profile structure which creates triangular geometries. 

2013 IBDC

The 2013 International bicycle design competition (IBDC), which is in its 17th year running, received a total of 590 concepts from students and young designers. Out of these 590 entries, 391 from 45 countries were shortlisted for the competition. The entries are accessed by an international panel of experts that include Edward Chiang, director of design for Gia...

By Chiu Ling posted 8th Apr 2013
TICS 2013: First look-Author & AGang

Nothing to do with books or gangsters, Author & AGang are bicycle brands from the Czech Republic. Author has a broad range of road, mountain and hybrid bicycle models to meet the varying needs of consumer while AGang is focused on mountain, downhill and BMX bikes…


The Czech bicycle brand’s extensive product line caters to cyclists of all levels, fitness and categories-from serious racers to Grand Fondo enthusiasts to urban commuting warriors. An interesting product range which Author has are its cross bikes. Yes, you heard correctly, cross bikes, not cyclocross. Available in both carbon and aluminium, Author’s cross bikes are basi...

TICS 2013: Merida-Pro bikes and highlights

Merida’s sponsorship of the Italian-based Lampre-Merida professional cycling team in 2013 has cast Taiwan’s second largest bicycle manufacturer in the spotlight. A major highlight at the Merida booth during the Taipei International Cycle Show were the fleet of pro bikes are currently used by the Lampre-Merida team. 

Here are the 3 Team Issue bike models:

The Scultura SL Lampre-Merida

Above: The Merida Scultura SL ready to 'take off'! 

The Scultura SL is the workhorse bike for riders of Team Lampre-Merida and was rated the 3rd lightest frameset overall out of the top 10 road framesets in the February 2013 issue of the German cycling mag...

TICS 2013: Tyrell-New Products for 2013

Award winning Japanese mini-velo and folding bike brand Tyrell will be releasing 2 new products for 2013: RX, the brand new 700c Chromoly road bike, Tyrell's first venture into this category, and the FSX, an updated version of Tyrell's existing popular FX. 

The FSX, an enhanced version of the FX

The FSX, which will be released later this month, is an updated version of the FX model which was introduced 2years ago. Incidentally, Mr Masahito Hirose, the founder of Tyrell, told us that the "S" in FSX means speed. Masahito shared with us that some customers would like something faster and lighter that could also fold, hence the new FSX.


TICS 2013: Agogo Bike-Sneak Peeks for 2014

Agogo Bike manufactures a wide range of bicycle frames, components and accessories which are practical and lightweight for discerning ‘weight weenies’ or those who wish to ‘bling’ up their rides. For 2014, Agogo Bike will be launching an exciting range of new products:

Carbon 650B Hardtails: The FM-M20SL & FM-M13

The brand new M20SL carbon hardtail MTB frame, designed around the 650B platform comes in at a scant 895g (±50g) for a size 17.5” and comes in a BB92 (Shimano) configuration.

The slightly heavier (1300g±50g for a size 16”) M13 carbon hardtail MTB frame comes with a PF30 BB with the possibility of running BB30 and BSA (standard ...

Story by Dean Koh posted 4th Apr 2013
IFmove, the innovative solution for your urban commute

With so many folding bicycles already in the market, you are probably wondering, why is the IFmove worth a mention?

IFmove has already garnered 3 distinguished awards namely the reddot design award 2013, Taipei Cycle d&I award 2013 and the Golden Pin Design Award. It is the latest incarnation from Pacific Cycles which is renowned for their ground breaking designs and commitment to R&D innovation. IFmove, which is also the first product to roll out of Section Zero, Pacific Cycle’s in-house R&D department formed a year ago, is positioned as a convenient, user-friendly bicycle for the urban commuter.

The IFmove is an updated version of th...

Text & Photos: Chiu Ling posted 3rd Apr 2013
TICS 2013: Tripeak-New products for 2013

Tripeak is a company based in Taiwan which specializes in making aftermarket ceramic bearing upgrade/conversion kits for various types of bottom brackets (BSA, BB30, PF30, EVO386) as well as bearing upgrade kits for wheel sets. It also makes the corresponding tools for the removal and installation of bottom bracket and hub bearings. 

Bottom Bracket (BB) Converter Socket (new for 2013)

While it might be counter-intuitive to convert back to a standard threaded BB system from BB30/PF30 which is quite a common standard for frames in the market now, the Tripeak Converter Socket allows those who are using a BB30/PF30 standard frame to run thre...

Text & Photos: Dean Koh posted 3rd Apr 2013
TICS 2013: Dahon Bicycles & Dr Hon at the Taipei Cycle Show

Anniversary Bike - No chainstay!

The revolution of folding bicycles has certainly come a long way! Dahon, which was founded in 1982, can be regarded as one of the first companies to successfully introduce the concept of a folding bicycle to the commercial market and create a new category for bicycles in the industry. 30 years later, the company has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bicycles.

Dr David Hon (left) with brother and co-founder Mr Henry Hon

Dahon was started by Dr David Hon, an American physicist who enjoyed a successful career as a scientist in the 1970s. During this time, he experienced the oil cri...

Text: Chiu Ling posted 2nd Apr 2013
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