Taipei International Cycle Show Part 1

Fuji

I arrived early on the first day of the Taipei International Cycle Show. It took a while to get my pass in order. My friend who had a ticket breezed through. As I entered 1F of the expo, I started walking around.

Giant Trinity Advanced SL 0 TT

The 1F is filled with Taiwanese companies that make all sorts of different things for bicycles. It’s perfect for manufacturers to source the products that go onto their bikes. I walked around for about an hour or two. It was a bit overwhelming. I snapped photos here and there.

I moved onto 4F, which held the big name brands and distributors. That was a lot more interesting. I spoke to quite a few people and took some photos. There were a lot of foreigners here.

I even saw some Québecois. They were the Canadian distributors of TIME products. I spoke quite a bit of French with the French manufacturers. I was impressed by O”rka and Focus. Although I spoke with Sunstar and Colmax, these large distributors aren’t that interested in dealing with online stores. Their loss.

I got a bunch of business cards and I’ll have to sort through them while I approach some companies for some new wares. I still have got some work to do. I’ll go back to the show on Friday.

Azzurri Bikes
Matrix by Tank Cycles

For a small brand, Tank Cycles has a pretty interesting line of road bikes, which are named Matrix. There are a few different models. I saw the latest version of their road bike, which is a bit aero, in person and I was impressed by it.

Strange TT bike by Matrix from Tank Cycles
Wilier TT
Wilier Imperiale
Kuota Kult
Ghost
Focus TT

Focus Bikes were really interesting. They are handmade in Germany and the frames were impressive. I might carry their brand.

Focus cyclocross bike
LOOK TT

The LOOK TT bike was impressive and expensive. I read something about it last week and it is pretty expensive, and not that light.

Lance Armstrong's Livestrong bike
Trek Madone 6.9
Zero Bikes
Cinelli
Arlen Bikes

A few odd bikes that I saw on the 5th floor of the convention center.

Arlen Bikes
TIME RX Instinct
TIME NXR
TIME NXR Instinct
TIME RXR Ulteam VIP

The TIME RXR Ulteam VIP is really nice. The BoB is really interesting. You can clearly see the weave and it’s an impressive frame. The NXR was also cool. The TIME rep told me that BB30 version of the RXR will be offered in the fall.

Kestrel 4000 LTD
Fuji

The Fuji bike area was really interesting, but not well lit. There were also a few Kestrel TT bikes hanging up.

Fuji
Handlebar/stem combo from Shimano's Pro
TRP brakes
Merida
Colnago Master 55
Axman TT
Orbea hardtail MTB
Bianchi
Axman's full suspension MTB
Microshift Arsis

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

2 thoughts on “Taipei International Cycle Show Part 1”

  1. Hi range,

    chanced upon your blog while looking to buy a bike from taiwan. I’ll actually be going over to taipei mid april and i’d love to know good places to get good and affordable carbon bikes (i know i’m contradicting). Or better still, if there are any bike shows going on 15-20 April.

    brands i’m interested in are: scott, cervelo, trek, giant and also OEM brandless bikes produced in the same factories as these reputable brands. Tri bikes are also in my consideration.

    Any recommendations? I’m also exploring shipping into Singapore from you.

    Thanks a lot!

    cheers
    Shannon
    Singapore

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