MTB Exporter of the Year

This award highlights the exporting success of Scottish business.

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WINNER 2017

Flaer 

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Flaer only began exporting at the beginning of 2017 so as you can see the progress they have made is quite remarkable. Since launching at Eurobike in August 2016 they have worked hard to develop and expand their distribution network. On the back of their Eurobike Brand / Revo Via launch they received a great deal of interest from potential distributors in a range of territories. Flaer followed all these leads up diligently and looked to find like-minded partners who shared their vision for growing their brand successfully. At this moment they continue to have discussions with new potential partners in new territories and anticipate further expanding their international footprint over the next 12 months.

The full shortlist for 2017

Flaer

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At Flaér we know what it feels like to push to your absolute limit. When you give it everything we want to make sure all your effort goes to the wheel and isn’t lost through needless inefficiencies. We have helped pro riders and teams all over the world to get the best out from their input. After all, when you put so much in, work so hard to perfect everything about your ride and leave nothing to chance, why should you accept anything less.

With backing from a long-established and highly respected automotive engineering business we put our shared knowledge, experience and expertise into all our products ensuring you can benefit from all your effort, all the time. Our revolutionary Revo Via and Revo Terra chain performance systems are game changers in the field of drivetrain efficiency. Whilst Guard & Revive are the ultimate in high performance bike care products.

 Flaér – feel it.

Pipedream Cycles 

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Pipedream Cycles Ltd (est. 2005) is a Scottish bicycle company specialising in steel frames for adventure, gravel-grinding, world travel and hardcore enduro mountain biking. Pipedream Cycles have been featured in MBUK, What Mountain Bike, Singletrack, Wideopen, IMBikemag and many more magazines, receiving critical acclaim and winning a number of tests. Pipedream won the British MTB Enduro Series Championship (2007) and have sponsored grass-roots racers, helping them in their development.

Shand 

Shand Cycles

Shand is based in Scotland and a manufacturer of adventure touring bikes. The company is nearly 6 years old and has 8 frame designs across 13 models and has manufactured and sold nearly 700 bikes. Frame designs have been refined over the years to improve their functionality and simplify production. Sales/production for 2017 expected to be around 200 bikes/frames. 

Awards won:

  • Best Off-road Bicycle 2013, Bespoked European Handbuilt Bike Show 
  • Entrepreneur and Startup Award 2013, West Lothian Council / Business Gateway 
  • Scottish Edge Finalist 2014, Round 4 
  • Best Gravel Bike 2016, Bespoked European Handbuilt Bike Show (supported by Grix CX)  
  • Best Touring Bike 2016, Bespoked European Handbuilt Bike Show (supported by the CTC).  
  • Public Vote for Best Bikes 2016, Bespoked European Handbuilt Bike Show (supported by Columbus)  
  • Peer Award 2017, Bespoked European Handbuilt Bike Show 

The Rohloff Speedhub and Gates Carbon Belt Drive system has been successful in raising the Shand profile and the company is now recognised as a Rohloff bike specialist within the UK and around the world. Specialising in this high-quality, niche product (along with influences of the Scottish landscape on the product) has provided differentiation inan extremely crowded marketplace.

The winner will be announced on the night of the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards in Glasgow on Thursday 16th November.  

Tickets for the event are available here.

Last year’s winner

Endura

Endura – Scottish Exporter of the Year 2016

Endura have a philosophy of continually challenging and innovating without being restricted by convention and have grown to be a global player driven by strength of product rather than marketing spin, successfully launching a host of novel and often unorthodox lines, many of which have gone on to earn iconic status.
Endura have successfully exported to a number of countries. They are listed as 4th largest cycle apparel brand sold through IBD’s in USA for 12 months to end June 2016 by NPD independent monitoring company (behind Specialized, Pearl Izumi (Shimano) and Bontrager (Trek) all of whom have significant leverage to sell into retailers due to power of their hardware offerings).
They are also listed in the latest survey by Bike Magazine (Germany’s largest MTB magazine) as fastest growing cycle apparel brand since 2014 based on consumer survey.