Just got back from the Taipei Show (hence my inactivity on this forum in the last few days).
Folding bike news from the show:
#1 GoBike has added a Canadian and German distributor. These bikes should be available in the US and Europe soon.
#2 Pacific Cycle, manufacturer of the Birdy, has added a Canadian distributor. This should drop prices in the US and Canada.
#3 Many new folding bikes and parts. Wheeler and Oyama had some nice high end folders.
#4 Dahon did not introduce anything new, however they had many test bikes.
#5 Neobike was a no-show
#6 Several Folding Recumbent trikes were at the show.
#7 Huge advances in electic motors.
#8 Many copies of the Mobiky and a few of the Brompton.
#9 Strida's (and clones) were very popular at the show. I think Strida has a new owner with better distribution. They also recieved a 2nd place award for engineering excellence hence recieved alot of hype at the show.
#1 We will introduce a 26" folder in August 2007.
#2 We will begin testing Electric bikes at the end of the summer...hopefully in 2008 we will have an electric lineup.
#3 We may import a Brompton copy in 2008.
#4 We are adding bags, sunglasses, and clothing to our product line in 2007.
#5 We are opening a new shop in Ocracoke Island next week. I will staff it on weekends in April and will staff it full time in May (after I finish teaching). If our two shops do well we will open more in 2008.