Pinion (USA) – German gearbox specialist Pinion is officially launching its product in North America. Beginning in October 2017, the company’s bicycle gearboxes will be available in the USA and Canada. With this move Pinion is responding to the rising demand and interest of North American customers and bike manufacturers.
Pinion sees great potential in North America:
Pinion sees big potential for its low-maintenance bicycle gearboxes in the new markets, especially in mountain bikes, touring bikes and gravel bikes. The Denkendorf-based gearbox specialists are hoping for similar success in the USA and Canada as they have enjoyed in Europe. Pinion believes US bicyclists want the same thing as Europeans — a low-maintenance shifting technology that is more durable than derailleurs and makes bicycling easier and less work. “Whether it ́s a world traveler, mountain biker or daily commuter, our seven gearbox types are perfectly tuned for every specific usage. They are reliable, require no adjustment and are almost maintenance-free,” says Christoph Lermen, Pinion CEO.
Up to now in the USA, bicycles with Pinion gearbox technology have been available through a handful of selected brands, including Co-Motion, REEB Cycles, Ventana, Viral, Carver, Lynskey and Tout Terrain. In Europe, Pinion has partnerships with over 90 well known OEMs such as Ghost, Stevens, Nicolai, Tout Terrain, Kalkhoff, Raleigh, Rose, MTB Cycletech, Idworx and numerous further manufacturers.
"Entering the US market has been an important topic for us for several years," explains Pinion CEO Christoph Lermen. "Despite the different market segmentation in the USA and Canada compared to Europe, we believe that the requirements of a bicycle in North America, mainly in the USA, are generally the same as those in Europe: The customer wants a reliable bike that is fun to ride and reduces the typical maintenance and care," states Lermen.
Pinion North America takes over sales and service for the USA and Canada:
The service processing of American OEM partners, dealers and end consumers will be handled by Pinion North America. Marc Seemann is the contact partner for sales and support. Pinion North America will be operated from Denver by Gates Corporation.
The official launch of Pinion North America was Interbike Outdoor Demo in Las Vegas on September 20-22. Pinion equipped test bikes were available at the Pinion / Gates booth. Christoph Lermen, Pinion CEO, was on site for the initial launch of Pinion North America.
Pinion offers high-end gearboxes for bicycles. The two founders, Christoph Lermen and Michael Schmitz were working as budding engineers at the Porsche ́s transmission development center in Germany and had the idea to create a bicycle transmission that was as intuitive to use as a sports car, with the same high precision and low wear. In simple words: Pinion builds a bicycle transmission with the heart of a sports car, as finely tuned as it would be functional. Suitable for any cycling route in the world, no matter the conditions.
The transmissions are available with 18, 12, 9 and 6 gears. Each of the gearbox types is finely tuned for a specific usage. The gearbox is integrated at a central position in the frame. Two spur gears connected in series work inside the housing box. A trademark of Pinion gearbox technology is the enormous transmission ratio of up to 636 percent (model P1.18). The gears are evenly graded and unlike with the derailleur gear system there are no redundant gears. All 18, 12, 9 or 6 gears can "actually" be switched. The gears can be switched during the journey or when stationary by means of a twist grip.
Pinion gearboxes are very low maintenance thanks to the closed system. Servicing on the gearbox is restricted to an oil change, which is carried out every 6,000 miles. Pinion offers an industry leading five-year guarantee on its gearboxes.