Innovation Summit

Cycle & Mountain Bike Industries’ Innovation Summit

'In the next 10 years the way we design, manufacture, sell and use all forms of bikes could change beyond all recognition.  To survive we need to grow, to thrive we need to innovate.'  Kevin Mayne CEO, Cycle Industries Europe.  

This invitation-only summit is extended to a select group of industry leaders across Europe to discuss the foremost hurdles and opportunities now defining our industry.  

The partners and companies of Cycle Industries Europe (CIE), Edinburgh Napier University, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS) and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) have invited a select group of industry leaders to discuss the foremost hurdles and opportunities now defining our industry.

The Think Tank elements will foster collaboration across the industry to collectively tackle common challenges and ensure the future good health and success of the industry globally.

Scotland is aiming to become the home of European mountain biking and mountain bike innovation. The summit will raise awareness amongst industry leaders of the quality of Scottish academics and, through their attendance at the conference, will provide an opportunity to network with Scottish businesses.  

The focus will be on three pertinent topics of discussion:

1. Planning for sustainable growth in the e-bike industry

• Presentation on the latest expert research into areas such as battery technology including utilising graphene and other lightweight materials.
• THINK TANK: What are the legislation challenges to the E-Bike industry and how can we collectively ensure this does not negatively affect uptake?
• THINK TANK: Innovation vs Standardisation. Can industry-wide standardisation of technology support growth of sector without compromising innovation? Can we mimic the automotive industry to share common platforms across manufacturers? 

2. Innovation and Technology on the horizon

• Hear from prominent academics and industry specialist in fields of Formula 1 and aerospace engineering and on-bike sensor technology on exciting innovations in the pipeline.
• THINK TANK: possibilities for and implications of integrating technology into the bicycle
3. Leveraging public-sector investment into our sector
• How can we lobby for infrastructure investment and innovation support resources from Government at domestic and European levels? Here from examples from Scotland where they have lobbied government for tourism, business innovation and land management support.
• THINK TANK: how to lobby EU and national governments as a joined up industry voice?

3. Leveraging public-sector investment into our sector

• How can we lobby for infrastructure investment and innovation support resources from Government at domestic and European levels? Here from examples from Scotland where they have lobbied government for tourism, business innovation and land management support.
• THINK TANK: how to lobby EU and national governments as a joined up industry voice?

We see this as an extremely important opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our industry. 

Scotland’s position in the Cycling Industry

Scotland punches above its small population on the global stage for cycling and in particular mountain biking. The country has more elite riders than any country its size, it has endless trails and year round riding that challenges riders but also the durability and performance of equipment for commuting to work to riding the mountains.

It is home to the world’s first national strategic framework for mountain biking, which Developing MTB in Scotland is responsible for overseeing, and Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, 

Innovation is part of Scotland’s DNA. Consider Scotland’s great inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, John Boyd Dunlop who re-invented pneumatic tyres for use in cycle racing, Charles Macintosh who was the inventor of waterproof fabric. The Mackintosh raincoat is named after him and brands such as Gore-Tex and Endura continued the tradition. Then there was Kirkpatrick Macmillan who invented something we all know and love - the pedal bicycle. 

Together with the newly formed industry association - Cycle Industries Europe - we’re looking to see what’s next, where will the future take us and what are tomorrow’s leaders working on today. 

The innovation summit is supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Edinburgh Napier University and Mountain bike Centre of Scotland.