Tech News September 21, 2006
Edited by Steve Medcroft and James Huang
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Kozo Shimano steps down as president of Shimano American Corporation
By James Huang
David Pfeiffer has been named the new president of Shimano American Corporation,
effective December 1, 2006. Pfeiffer is a long-time Shimano sales and
management executive having served as executive vice president of North
American operations since 2000. As president, Pfeiffer will now be in
charge of all bicycle component and fishing tackle business in the US
and Canada in addition to sales and marketing in the Caribbean, Central
America, and South America.
According to current SAC president Kozo Shimano, Pfeiffer has "extensive
experience in all phases of our business, having been involved in regional
and national sales, marketing, product development and administration.
His leadership for our U.S. fishing tackle division has brought us both
sales growth and added respect among anglers and retailers for the quality
and dependability of our rods and reels."
Kozo Shimano will assume a vice presidency position that addresses his
increasing personal interest in corporate advocacy and public relations.
Kozo Shimano has already forged productive partnerships with the US Bureau
of Land Management, the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and Congressional
Sportsmen's Foundation, as well as cycling-specific groups including the
International Mountain Biking Association and the League of American Bicyclists.
In addition, Kozo Shimano currently serves on the executive committee
of the board of directors for the Bikes Belong Coalition.
"My move into a corporate advocacy and public relations role focuses
on our global mission statement - To promote health and happiness through
the enjoyment of nature and the world around us," said Kozo Shimano.
"We feel it is extremely important that our efforts to grow the interest
and participation in bicycling and fishing worldwide, and our involvement
with user groups, trade associations and government agencies in those
efforts, are spearheaded by someone directly connected to the Shimano
Ultimately, Kozo Shimano may be stepping away somewhat from the day-to-day
business operations of the company his family created in 1921, but he
will remain involved in senior management decisions during the transition
period. On a larger scale, though, his new role may indeed prove to have
a longer term impact, for both Shimano as well as the rest of the industry.
Fox Racing Shox updates its web site with detailed service instructions
By James Huang
Holding true to its word, Fox Racing Shox has added a number of detailed
technical service guides to its web site. A number of basic topics are
covered currently, such as sag measurements and fork installation, but
more advanced procedures such as rear shock air sleeve maintenance are
also included. More interestingly, procedures that were previously deemed
to be "factory only repairs" also make the list, including instructions
on servicing the original TALAS adjustable travel air cartridge.
After this rather modest beginning, Fox Racing Shox plans to continue
to add to its repertoire of service guides, with Fox engineer Mark Fitzsimmons
saying things "are coming along". If nothing else, this is certainly
a step in right direction.
Hand made Bicycle Show back for third year
Crumptown Bikes at the 2005 show
Photo ©: James Huang
The Third annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), a trade
show for hand-built bicycle frame and component companies, has been booked
for March 2-4, 2007, at the South Hall of the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
A handmade bicycle is a thing of beauty, says Don Walker,
of Don Walker Cycles, creator of the show, NAHBS is a celebration
not only of the worlds greatest invention, the bicycle, but also
the masters who have dedicated their careers to the creation of ridable
Started two years ago in Texas, the event answers the growing need of
framebuilders to meet and share ideas, and provides a venue to display
their work to a public whose interest in handmade bicycles has increased
in step with the recent resurgence of excitement about bicycling in general.
Now held in San Jose, an expected 150 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors are
expected to attend the show, which offers seminars and competitions to
highlight the art of custom framebuilding.
More info: http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com.
Also see our coverage
from the 2005 show.
Ellsworth introduces full-suspension two-niner
Ellsworth recently announced a 29-inch wheeled travel full-suspension
mountain bike. Based on the 4" travel Evolve, the new bike will share
the same ICT linage as the
Truth, Moment and the award-winning Epiphany.
"We started from the ground up with this bike," says Tony
Ellsworth. "My challenge as a designer - looking at the physics and
engineering ramifications of not just the bigger wheels, but the unique
rider position and demands of ICT suspension technology - is to admit
that everything about this bike had to be different or everything would
be a compromise. So the Evolve has its own DNA."
As with all Ellsworth frames made in the new Vancouver, Washington facility,
the Evolve will be handcrafted from drawn tubing rather than extruded
tubing and will be true to Ellsworth's performance design mantra with
shaped, swaged and tapered tubes to achieve increased strength, reduced
weight and to avoid gusseting.
The Evolve will be unveiled in Las Vegas at the Interbike trade show
and Ellsworth will be available for dealer delivery in January of 2007.
More info: www.ellsworthbikes.com.