Sponsored by Endura
This award highlights the exporting success of Scottish business.
The specialist when it comes to kids mountain bike clothing. Designed specifically for children who are keen outdoor riders they make sure that their products are bump and crash proof! The shorts and tops they create are practical, tough and long wearing ensuring your child’s safety, comfort and epic fashion on and off the bike.
Pipedream Cycles Ltd 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 (among others), receiving critical acclaim and winning a number of tests.
Pipedream began shipping internationally in 2005 with their primary products in the early years being custom and semicustom titanium frames. After restructuring the company in 2014, they've seen their production and exports increase and following Eurobike 2017, they picked up dealers in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan.
The dealers in the Czech Republic and Japan have been instrumental in generating sales in their regions and North America (Canada and the USA) continues to be a growth region for Pipedream with discussions currently ongoing with a potential partner and importer in the USA.
Deviate Cycles was born from the joint passion of mountain biking in the French Alps, where Ben and Chris met guiding for the same company. Talking with clients and each other over the years had spearheaded their ideas for the perfect Alpine bike. Through 6 years of design and prototyping Ben and Chris formed the business and looked for investors to support the setup of the business. Once secured, they started manufacture of the production samples which arrived in May 2017. After a season of hard riding in the Alps they kicked off production, delivering our first customer bikes in March 2018.
Deviate want to build a brand based on innovation and ideas that really make the difference to the ride experience. Deviate wouldn’t release a product to boost numbers, they thrive on producing better products based on practical experience and sound engineering. Their bikes are created from the functional aspects first, before any styling is created.
ShredXS is a young highland based business started by two young riders Jessica & Fraser. It is a clothing range for kids who just love mountain biking.
Here is what Lindsey Kelly said about ShredXS
“The idea came after months of struggling to find clothes that we liked or fitted, especially mountain bike shorts, so we produced our own for kids who want the same level of quality and design adults get but just for them. We’re about having fun, determination and sportsmanship and our range of downhill shorts and jerseys make sure you can look cool on and off your bike.
Our Downhill shorts were launched at Tweedlove in 2014, with our matching jersey. Downhill Shorts simply didn’t exist before in the range of sizes or indeed the correct fit for kids who ride bikes. With our 7 sizes we continue to be the only company offering the size and product range.
Since then we have developed a second short range – the Enduro, launched in 2017. Our lighter trail short has many of the same great features, adjustable waist for a years growth, removal hip pads and tough non rip fabric. The difference is a lighter trail based short with two sweetie pockets and air vents for long summer riding. Showing our ongoing product development and innovation.
All our products are developed with our young riding fans and from requests from parents. We have increased the variations and extended our range to smaller sizes, at their request. We have a number of products in the development pipeline.”
Swarf Cycles was founded in 2014 in Dorset by Ex Aerospace Engineer Adrian Bedford and relocated to Peebles late in 2017. Swarf predomininantly manufactures steel mountain bike bike frames, offering semi-custom MTB hardtail frames, full custom MTB frames and more recently the new Contour full suspension MTB frame. The Contour is a short travel steel full suspension 29er trail bike, designed as an efficient trial bike that can handle technical terrain.
With Adrian's extensive design and engineering background Swarf also takes on consultancy work. Examples include;- development work for Cotic (carbon swingarm feasibility study, design and prototyping on the Longshot Rocket initial projet), Design work for Bear Frame Supplies (dropouts and other frame parts for framebuilders)
Finally, Adrian is also experienced in working with Composite materials, Swarf has a successful sideline with Carbon fiber mudguards for road bikes. This area of the business is currently on hold to concentrate on developing the Contour range of full suspension frames.
The winner will be announced on the night of the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards in Aviemore on Friday 23rd November.
Tickets for the event are available here.
Flaer - Scottish MTB Exporter of the Year 2017
Endura – Scottish MTB Exporter of the Year 2016