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Slovenian manufacturer and designer of Snow-trikes/bikes and other sport and action sport equipment seeks distributors

Country of origin:
Country: 
SLOVENIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOSI20180717001
Published
17/07/2018
Last update
17/01/2020
Expiration date
29/07/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Design of Vehicles
Sports and Leisure
Sporting goods, hobby equipment and athletics clothes
Other leisure and recreational products and services
Other consumer products
Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages
Manufacture of sports goods
Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialised stores
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet
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Summary

Summary: 
A Slovenian start-up company that specialises in design and production of sports equipment, primarily produces snowtrikes, offering a combination of bike riding and skiing, and featuring a parallelogram system that makes the ride smooth and easy to control. The product is suitable for all skill levels/kinds of users,. The company seeks to establish new distribution service agreements as well as enlarge their market presence and find brand ambassadors and competition organizers.

Description

Description: 

The Slovenian company was founded in 2015 and immediately began with design and manufacturing of their main product snowtrike. The idea was to bring the founder’s love for mountain biking to the snow in a versatile and rigid product.
The frame features a specially designed parallelogram system which enables use of the carving technique, and is hand-welded from high grade aluminium in Italy. A traditional Mountain Bike/BMX front frame triangle and steering system is used for maximum control, strength and durability. Unique articulating rear ski system adds lower body fun and exercise to ski-biking by simulating the action of skiing perfectly. Skies and machined parts are manufactured in Slovenia. All these components are designed in-house by the company’s engineering team. Standard mountain bike components are sourced from well established brands all around the world. The assembly is done in Slovenia to ensure top quality and subsequent safety of the sport device. The snowtrike meets all applicable safety standards. It is engineered to fit all kinds of known ski lift types and can be ridden using basic winter outwear.
During the winter season extended usability and durability product tests are performed. Additional feedback is collected from user experience on test events and organised competitions/races at well-known European ski resorts.
Company snowtrikes are already available for rent and purchase in Austria, France, New Zealand, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
The company seeks professional distributors who could help the brand emerge on relevant markets as well as provide after-sales support services to consumers. Distributors should operate in at least one of the following industries; cycling, mountain biking, skiing, outdoor industry or general sports sector, and be able to promote family and action sport activities and organising small or big races/competitions.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The snowtrike enables riding on all kind of snow terrains, mixing riding styles of biking and skiing/snowboarding. From 2015 until 2018 three generations of snowtrikes were designed and produced with production and sales quantities doubling year after year. Each generation featured enhanced riding functionality and quality improvements, including different ski designs for different kinds of snow. Additional focus was on maintaining top class durability of the product to also allow usage of the device for extreme ridding (for example, big air 25+m jumps, off-track, and similar). Foot pedal system: Standard downhill super-grip foot pedals provide confidence for carving deep snow at a local terrain park. Front suspension: Lighter and stiffer forks allow bigger jumps and harder turns. 3 Custom detachable skis: Custom reinforced wooden core skis with replaceable urethane pivot stabilizers create the flex that makes the next big trend in snow sports. Transporting the snowtrike to the slopes is easy and convenient with release mechanisms that detach the 3 skis in less than a minute. Powder ski option: New powder skis are wider and will give the user the extra float needed to have fun even on the deepest powder days. Safety leash: A safety leash tethers the snowtrike to the user’s body to keep the mountain resort and terrain park safe for everyone.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Company seeks professional distributors who could help the brand emerge on relevant markets as well as provide after-sales support services to consumers. Distributors should operate in at least one of the following industries; cycling, mountain biking, skiing, outdoor industry or general sports sector and be able to promote family and action sport activities and but not limited to organizing small or big races/competitions.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500