Who Makes What?

Cicli Bianchi

Want to know who made your bike? Which companies dominate the sector? Who owns a particular brand? Here’s a guide that shows most of the main companies in the sector with a few surprises.

Note nationality is a subjective issue in a world of global brands and international trade. I’ve tried to list nationality by the parent company HQ, so whilst you might think of Oakley sunglasses as an American brand yet the business is owned by Luxottica, an Italian company from Milan.

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Name Country Other brands Corporate Name Owner / shareholders
Continental Germany Continental AG Deutsche Börse, Schäffler AG / family
Michelin France Michelin SA Euronext Stock Exchange
Hutchinson France Barry Controls, Marine/Aerospace Total SA Euronext Stock Exchange
Schwalbe Germany Ballon Bike Ralf Bohle GmbH Bohle family
Veloflex Italy Veloflex s.a.s Gabriele Colleoni
Vittoria Italy Geax, Lion Vittoria SpA Private
Orbea Spain Fagor, Brandt electrical goods Corporación Mondragón Workers’ co-op
Fuji USA Fuji, SE, Breezer, Kestrel, Oval Concepts Advanced Sports International Private
Cinelli Italy Columbus tubing, Bootleg Gruppo SpA Asobi Ventures, Antonio Colombo
Ritchey USA Ritchey Design Tom Ritchey
Reynolds USA Hayes, Manitou, Sunringlé Hayes Performance Systems
Argon 18 Canada Rioux Brothers Private
Canyon Germany Coast Canyon Bicycles GmbH Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Roman Arnold, Tony Faddell
Time France Felt, Look skis Rossignol Altor Equity, Boix-Vives family
Look France Corima Look Cycle SA Dominique Bergin
Ridley Belgium Eddy Merckx, 4ZA wheels N.V. Race Productions Jochim Aerts, Belgian govt.
Finish Line USA White Lightening Finish Line Technologies Inc. Hank Krause
DT Swiss Switzerland DT Swiss AG Frank Böckmann, Maurizio D’Alberto and Marco Zingg
Sapim Belgium Rigida rims Famo NV Moorkens family
Park Tools USA Park Tool Co Eric Hawkins
Shimano Japan Pearl Izumi, Pro Shimano Inc. Tokyo Stock Exchange
Campagnolo Italy Fulcrum Campagnolo SpA Campagnolo family
SRAM USA Avid, Quarq, Truvativ, Zipp SRAM LLC Stanley Day Jr and management
Garmin Switzerland Tacx Look Cycle SA Gary Burrell, Min Kao, NASDAQ
Cannondale Canada Cervélo, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Charge Pon Holdings Family-owned
Bianchi Sweden Cycles Peugeot, Gitane, Puch, Tec Tools Cycle Europe AB Grimaldi family
Pinarello Italy Cicli Pinarello S.p.A Catterton
Colnago Italy Colnago Ernesto & C. Srl Chimera Investments (UAE)
Mavic France Bourrelier Group Private
Trek USA Bontrager, Gary Fisher, Klein, Viliger, Electra Trek Bicycle Corp. Private
Specialized USA Retül Specialized Bicycle Components Merida, Mike Sinyard
Merida Taiwan Specialized Merida Industry Co Ltd Taiwan Stock Exchange
Scott South Korea Yoko, Syncros Scott Sports AG Youngone Corp, Korea Stock Exchange, Beat Zaugg
Lapierre Netherlands Batavus, Van Nicholas, Mercier, Raleigh, Koga Miyata
Accell Group Teslin, KKR
Giro USA Bell, Blackburn, Bollé, Camelbak Vista Outdoor NASDAQ
Easton USA Race Face, Fox Racing
Fox Factory Holding Corp Nasdaq
Nalini Italy MOA, Agu, Adidas cycling MOA Sport SpA Mantovani family
Assos Switzerland Assos of Switzerland SA Philip Duff / TZP Group
Rapha UK Rapha Racing Ltd Simon Mottram, RZC Investments
Castelli Italy Sportful Manifattura Valcismon SpA Cremonese family
Sidi Italy Sidi Sport Dino Signori
Gaerne Italy Gaerne spa Ernesto Gazzola
Giant Taiwan certain Colnago frames under licence Giant Manufacturing Co Ltd Taiwan Stock Exchange
Oakley Italy Ray Ban, Persol, Chanel & Prada under license, Sunglass Hut Luxxotica Group Delfin, Giorgio Armani
Rudy Project Italy Rudy Project SpA Rudy Barbazza and family
Kuota Italy Xentis, Kross, Kaya, K-Factor Sintema Sport Private
FSA Taiwan TH Products, RPM, VisionTech Tien Hsin Industries Private
fi’zi:k Italy Selle Royal, Lookin, Royal Gel, Brooks, Crank Bros Selle Royal SpA Private
Selle Italia Italy Selle San Marco Selle Italia Srl Bigolin family
3T Italy THM Carbones 3T Cycling SRL René Wiertz, Gerard Vroomen
SKS-Germany Germany SKS metaplast Scheffer-Klute GmbH Willo Blome
Zéfal France Stronglight Zéfal SA Private
cyclingnews.com UK Cycling Weekly, Decanter, Horse & Hound Future London Stock Exchange
Velonews.com USA Peloton, Triathlete, Bicycle Retailer Outside Interactive Inc
L’Équipe France ASO (Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Dauphiné, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastoge-Liège etc), Paris Marathon, L’Etape du Tour
Groupe Amaury Amaury Family + others
Gazzetta Dello Sport Italy RCS (Giro, Milan-Sanremo, Lombardia etc), Corriere della Sera, Marca Bonacossa family, RCS Media Family and Italian Stock Exchange
Rouleur UK Passoni bicycles Gruppo Media Limited Matteo Cassina
Wiggle.com UK Chainreactioncycles, DHB, Probikeshop, Tennispro Signa Sport United Bridgepoint Capital
CompetitiveCyclist USA Dogfunk, Whiskey Militia Backcountry.com René Benko
The bike market according to SRAM
The bike market according to SRAM

If you want more detail on this subject, see previous items like “Who Made Your Bike” which looks at the factories in Asia who produce frames and more for the big brands. Or “Italy’s backward shoemakers” for a look at Sidi, Gaerne and other producers and their surprising proximity and why Sidi is called Sidi.