March 18, 2015 (Taipei, Taiwan) – The 2015 Taipei International Cycle Show got underway today at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, with the President of Taiwan, Dr. Ying-jeou Ma, in attendance indicative of how important the event and cycling is for the tiny island country.
The renowned global show has been taking place for 42 years and plays an important role in Taiwan’s cycling portfolio with 29 million bikes exported to the world wide market. The average value of these bikes is $459 signifying them as good quality machines.
The trade show is a massive event with many of the top brands in attendance as well as countless small Original Equipment companies that most have never heard of. Fat bikes continue to be popular with strong presence on the show floor, rivaled by electric bikes of all sorts. The off-road electric category is getting a big push as well and this means that electric fat bikes are in the mix as well.
Shimano and SRAM have a huge presence at the show with massive booths – and both giant companies have an electric bike system as well.
One of many standouts at the show on Day 1 was the introduction of three GPS computers by Lezyne that display where the rider has been as well as their performance. The Mini, with an MSRP of $200 US, is touted as the smallest GPS computer on the market.