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Post from 16incheswestofpeoria Blog:
“In June 19, Josh Hon, formerly with Dahon, announced the launch of a new folding bicycle company, Tern Bicycles.
As a person who rides folding bicycles, I found the prospect of a new folding bike company exciting. At the same time, I wondered about the future of Dahon, given the exodus of quite a few people from that company. Assuming owners and prospective buyers of Dahons also had concerns, I directed several questions to Steve Cuomo, Dahon’s public relations manager.
Here’s what he said (my questions are in bold):
Is Dahon the same company it was six months ago or three years ago? If not, what’s changed: global reach, product line, mission?
On the whole, to U.S. consumers and bicycle retailers we haven’t changed, except that our global marketing team has stopped devoting such a big part of our resources to pushing the BioLogic brand at the expense of the Dahon brand. We’re refocusing solely on the venerable Dahon brand, and will not use the BioLogic brand any more, which we feel removes a distraction and is a step in the right direction. Internally, several Dahon employees have gone on to launch Tern. They will also assume the BioLogic brand for their accessories. While their departures leave a void, we’ve hired some significant talent recently, and Dahon still has 1,200 employees and global partners, and more than 100 current distributors around the world who are 100 percent behind the brand. The 2012 line of products has some new technology and models. These will be unveiled publicly at Eurobike this August, and will begin shipping the latter half of this year and in early 2012. The company’s future is bright, and we are very excited about the future.
Let’s talk about the BioLogic brand. As someone intrigued by the seatpost/pump and brake lever/bell of the Dahon Bullhead bicycle, I’m wondering how the loss of this brand affects how Dahon will spec its bikes in the future.
The previous marketing team put the BioLogic brand on many more-or-less “off the shelf” components that Asian parts makers offer to anyone. The brake lever with integrated bell is an example of this, and we will continue to use it minus the BioLogic logo. We plan to upgrade a lot of the components that were labeled BioLogic while leaving that brand off. The PostPump is not one of these examples. This unique design was licensed by Dahon, and Dahon did significant development work on it, improving it over the years. It will continue to come as standard equipment on many Dahon models, branded Dahon.
You have an interesting challenge from a communication standpoint: Do you expect any changes in the way Dahon communicates to prospects and customers?
As mentioned, we will launch 2012 models at Eurobike this August. We will also increase advertising with the Dahon brand. By some crazy coincidence, the outgoing marketing team seemed to de-emphasize the Dahon brand toward the end of their tenure while focusing more and more on BioLogic. We plan to increase advertising under the Dahon brand significantly, and will continue to attend trade events as always.
We all favor the organizations we’re involved with, but I’m interested in what Dahon really does right. What are its strengths? What is it working to improve?
Some say Dr. Hon is the father of the modern folder. He’s been refining the ride, fold and quality of folding bikes for about 30 years. We have our own factory (always have), 100 percent under our own control, with vast experience in engineering and manufacturing only folders. From the beginning the company was founded on the premise of increasing the use of bicycles and mass transit, and decreasing pollution. Dr. Hon has always felt strongly that by increasing the utility of the bicycle, making it easier to use under more circumstances, we can realize these ideals. There’s just so much history of Dahon being devoted to the folding bike category and the idea that more people can and should commute and simply get around in more environmentally friendly and healthier ways. I’m proud of Dahon’s support of groups like Transportation Alternatives, Complete Streets, MassBike, Clif Bar’s 2-Mile Challenge, California Bicycle Coalition, etc., etc. On the other hand, the bikes are not perfect. We continually work to make them easier to carry, lighter weight, fold smaller, look better. We feel they are the best on the market in terms of balancing all of these aspects, but they’re certainly not perfect. There’s always room for improvement.
I read recently that Dahon will serve all of Europe from a European factory. So, what does the “new” Dahon look like? How do recent events affect your employment levels and production channel?
Some of our production for Europe was being made in Europe for past several years. The difference is that we will now produce 100 percent of it there, and from a factory with new, state-of-the-art technology. We own our own factory in China, and plan to add another, but we’ve also supplemented our production with third-party factories quite a bit over the past few years and that will also continue where appropriate. Our employee level hasn’t changed significantly. We still have about 1,200 employees and partners around the world.
Is there any business relationship at all between Dahon and Tern?
None that I know of.
Given Dahon’s historic focus on lowest-cost production, what is the benefit to Dahon of being headquartered in the United States?
Doctor Hon was working as a physicist at Hughes Aircraft in the U.S. when he first developed his folding bicycle design. He developed prototypes and, at first, tried to sell the idea to existing bicycle companies. In the end, he moved to Asia to make the bikes himself. His family remained in the U.S. for several years until he was able to build up the business. They still have a residence in California and the global home base and North American sales and distribution hub is located in Duarte, California. We do not produce bicycles there. We have more than 100 distributors around the globe, and will likely add more over the next few months. I’m not sure you’d call a company that sells a lot of bikes priced over $1,000 “focused on lowest-cost production,” but nearly all companies need to remain price competitive, so we source our product where we get the best balance of quality at a competitive cost. Producing in our own factory give us the luxury of not disclosing all of our proprietary information to third-party factories. It also allows us to oversee quality under our own roof. It seems there is a trend toward more and more companies being spread around the world with employees in remote locations. And fewer consumers are concerned about where products are made, as long as the products have good design and quality at a fair price.
Finally, could you give me a brief summary of your history with and prior to Dahon?
I was the head of product at Cannondale, working there 1985-96. I was also vice president of Product Design and Engineering at Schwinn/GT, working in Santa Ana, California, from 1996 to 2000 (mostly before the Schwinn merger). Since 2001 I’ve been a sales and marketing consultant in the industry for many companies but mainly managing OEM sales for Selle Royal Group globally (crankbrothers, fi’zi:k, Brooks) and, since 2004, PR/marketing for Dahon. In the early 2000s, I launched Topolino Technology with Rafe Schlanger, and the I-Beam system with SDG.”
Abertura de Loja no Porto (Portugal) – Como tudo começou!
Em 2012 eu e a minha namorada fizemos a inscrição no “Biketour” que se iria realizar no Porto. Andávamos entusiasmados pois precisávamos de bicicletas para darmos umas voltas e para as férias de verão. Estava tudo encaminhado para termos as 2 bicicletas.
Estava próximo o evento, quando anunciaram o seu cancelamento por falta de verbas que permitiam a segurança necessária à realização da prova. Fomos reembolsados e eu fiquei com a tarefa de adquirir 2 bicicletas.
Sou um leigo no mundo das bicicletas e assim comecei a minha pesquiza. Deparei-me com o facto de não ter espaço para guardar a bicicleta na minha garagem, que é partilhada pelo prédio todo não sendo muito segura para as bicicletas. Já me roubaram a bicicleta guardada na garagem quando era mais novo e não queria arriscar de novo.
Pensei nas dobráveis. Fui ver a Hoptown 5 à Decathlon e pareceu-me o ideal para o que pretendíamos. Contudo, e depois de vários dias de pesquiza decidi comprar um Dahon Vitesse D7. Porquê? Pela qualidade dos materiais, garantia, a imagem e reconhecimento a nível mundial. Não são bicicletas baratas, mas não estou de todo arrependido do investimento que fiz.
Passei a ir para o trabalho de bicicleta. A minha namorada comprou uma bicicleta de fabrico Português (órbita), também dobrável.
Fomos de férias com as bicicletas na mala do carro e não tive de fazer nenhum investimento nos suportes para adaptar ao carro.
Entretanto, e como poderão ver neste Blogue, fui a Santiago de Compostela na minha Dahon Vitesse D7. Uma viagem de 280 Km que durou de 3 dias. A partida foi do Porto.
Esta foi a minha primeira grande viajem de bicicleta e adorei.
Talvez sejam estes momentos que mudam a nossa vida. Este foi certamente um momento de reflexão. Foram 3 dias de descanso espiritual, seja lá o que isso signifique, mas o que interessa é a nossa introspecção e de como nos sentimos bem.
Há uns tempos atrás nem imaginava fazer o que estou a fazer hoje…
Hoje estou a abrir uma loja de bicicletas no Porto. A loja é pequena e idealizei o negócio para os alugueres e para turismo.
Com a ajuda das pessoas que fui contactando, rapidamente me apercebi que teria de fazer uma espécie de Bike Shop, onde para além de oficina também teria de ter bicicletas e acessórios para vender. Assim foi, está montada a nova Bike Shop do Porto, a 300 metros da estação de Metro da Trindade. Obrigado as todos pelo apoio.
Não é tudo!!!!
Vamos vender bicicletas dobráveis TERN.
A primeira loja em Portugal a vender esta marca.
Quem não conhece? Pois bem, fazendo uma pesquisa irão rapidamente saber a história DAHON vs TERN.
Apareçam na loja !!!!
New Store in Porto (Portugal) – How it all began!
In 2012 my girlfriend and I made the registration in the event “Biketour” in Porto. We were excited because we needed a bike for a spin and for summer holidays. Everything was forwarded to have 2 bikes.
Was close to the event, when they announced its cancellation due to lack of funding that allowed the necessary security necessary to complete the proof. We were refunded and I got the task of acquiring 2 bikes.
I am a layman in the world of bikes and so started my research. I came across the fact that I had no space to store the bike in my garage, which is shared by the entire building and is not very safe for bikes. My bike was stolen in garage when I was younger and I did not want to risk again.
I thought of folding. I see Hoptown 5 on Decathlon store and it seemed ideal for what we wanted. However, and after several days of research I decided to buy a Dahon Vitesse D7. Why? For the quality of materials, warranty, image and recognition worldwide. Dahon Bikes are not cheap, but I’m not at all regretful that I made the investment.
I started to go to work by bicycle. My girlfriend bought a manufacturing Portuguese bicycle (Orbit), also a folding bike.
We were on vacation with bikes in the trunk and I did not have to make any investment in supports to adapt to the car.
However, and as you can see in this blog, I went to Santiago de Compostela in my Dahon Vitesse D7. A journey of 280 kilometers that lasted 3 days. The start was in Porto.
This was my first big bike trip and loved it.
Perhaps these are moments that change our lives. This was certainly a moment of reflection. There were 3 days of spiritual rest, whatever that means, but what matters is our insight and how we feel fine.
Some time ago I could not imagine doing what I’m doing today …
Today I am opening a bike shop in Porto. The store is small and I have idealized the business for rent and tourism.
With the help of the people who’ve been contacting, I quickly realized I had to make a kind of Bike Shop, where in addition to workshop would also have bikes and parts for sale. So it was, is mounted the new Bike Shop Port, 300 meters from Trindade Metro station. Thanks to everyone for their support.
It’s not all!!
I sell TERN folding bikes.
The first store in Portugal to sell this brand.
Who does not know? Well, making a research you will quickly know the history DAHON vs TERN.
Appear in store!!
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