Giant is a manufacturer of bicycles and is currently the most popular brand of bicycles in the world. It is the most common brand and most demanded within the cycling industry. Company has a simple global goal to ensure that cycling is not only made better, but also very accessible for all. Today the company is based out of Taiwan, but has plants in China and the Netherlands. It is available in over 50 countries and has over 12,000 retail shops. The company was founded back in 1972, and was a supplier of the Schwinn company. When Schwinn switched to China factories in 1987, Giant began to create their own bicycles. The company is widely recognized as a global brand and holds in place within the pro cycling world. They have their own profesional CCC team (for road biking), offroad team, and triathlon team. Some of their professional riders include:
Trek is another major producer and manufacturer of bicycles, and is one of the most popular in the world. The company has a long reputation of durability and quality and sells its products under different name brands such as Gary Fischer, Electra Bicycle Company, Klien and Diamant Bikes. It is currently the leader in the United States for bicycle manufacturing, but has factories and plants across the world. The company was founded in the year 1976, in Waterloo Wisconsin. The brand offers a wide variety of bicycles including mens, womens,childrens and even several electric mountain models as well. It also offers an assortment of different bicycle apparel as well. Like Giant, the company has many professional cyclists to represent and compete on the company's behalf. They have international mens, womens, and cross country teams. Some of their athletes include:
Specialized is an American manufacturing company that solely produces bicycle and bicycle parts. However it has clearly established itself as one of the most popular and premier brands in the world. The company was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, who sold his VW bus to start his company. The company gained great traction within the cycling industry with the release of its Stumpjumer bicycle in 1981. This bike was the first to have off road capabilities and created a new sport, off road biking. Popularity and quality of the bikes helped to grow and establish specialized as a top global brand which will continue to grow in the future. Some of their top professional riders are:
Cannondale is yet another top cycling brand, offering bicycles for men, women, and children. They also create off tandem, off road, and ebikes.Cannondale has a reputation of luxury and its bikes tend to be on the higher end of the price range. The company is based in Canada, and is known for their effortless gear shifting mechanisms. It was founded in the 1970s, but initially started off as a pickle factory. It was not until 1983 that the brand created its first bike model. Popularity of the brand rose heavily when in 1997, the Saeco team pronounced the bike the best on the market during the Tour de France. The brand has established itself as a dominant company within the industry, here are some of their professional riders:
Kona is another one of the major manufacturers of bicycles, and separates itself by its mountain bikes. The brand was the first to design and create the "complete tube design mountain bike ranges". Their mountain bike models have an outstanding reputation of being able to handle the most extreme downhill terrains. The company which is based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States was founded in 1988 by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron. Today the company produces a wide range of different bikes and models, but is even more expensive than Cannondale and its bikes are usually priced in the thousands of dollars.The brand supports numerous professional cyclist around in the world including:
Assos is the first brand on this list that exclusively produces cycling apparel, not actual bicycles. The company dates its origins back to the 1970s when it was founded by Tony Maier-Moussa. It was the first brand to create a carbon fiber frame within his apparel and was also innovating introducing elements of aerodynamic and synthetic materials into its apparel. The company has become incredibly popular within the professional cycling world, and riders of the brand have won over 250 gold medals at the Olympic games. The brand has a reputation of producing high quality cycling apparel and will continue to be one of the more popular brands in the future.
GT Bikes is a Californian based company and is famous for the manufacturing of three bike models: road bikes, BMX bikes, off-road bikes. These bikes are incredibly well priced without sacrificing quality or performance. All their bikes are designed with super easy suspension creating a smoother ride and more comfort. The brand was founded back in 1972 by Richard Long and Gart Tumer and together they have helped build this brand to what it is today. It will continue to be a popular brand in the future because of their efficient and productive three bike model. Some members of their BMX team include:
Rapha is another popular brand that only sells bicycle apparel and gear. The company is based in the United Kingdom and was one of the first companies to design high performance kits and apparel without large logos. The company is on the newer side, only launching its first line of apparel in 2004. It has quickly escalated into one of the top brands within the cycling industry and hopes to grow and improve in the future with their high performance apparel.
MAAP like Rapha and Assos is a third company focusing solely on the production of cycling apparel. Their apparel is designed to "withstand the regular abuse of cycling with a strong focus on longevity". The brand is very recognizable and has a reputation of quality and highly fashionable products. The company is also new, only being founded in 2014. At the time of the launch the brand only offered 14 products, and has now expanded to a wide range of products. Like Rapha, MAAP hopes to grow in the future and distinguish its brand with its high quality cycling products.
Cervelo is the final brand on this list, but still holds a substantial spot within the cycling industry. This brand separates itself by its mission "to design the fastest bike". It is not the brand for beginner riders, but for cyclists who want to experience fast speeds. It is also a new company being founded in 1995, in Canada. The company currently offers five different models of bikes, however due to their high performance each of their bikes is going to cost into the thousands. The brand is currently represented by three different professional teams: men's road team, women's road team, triathlon team. Some of their athletes are: