A couple of months ago a gentleman called Johan Prinsloo, send me an email introducing himself as the owner of XC Revolutions in Taiwan an distributor of mountain biking parts; he wanted us to test some of his products.
This South African born businessman originally started trading in Diamond Tools; hence he has had contact with many of the factories in Taiwan and Japan; and over the years build up a healthy and trustworthy releationship with them.
Being an avid mountain biker; Johan as many other mountain bikers was frustrated with the prices and arrogance of distributors and the lack of product choice in RSA.
“I just wanted to introduce some more products and break the ‘brand blinkers.’ As there are amazing products to be had, but seemingly in RSA the range of products is determined by the big distributors. “ noted Johan.
“There is more value for money options out there. I want to empower the local bike shop and smaller retailers to import by themselves and OEM/ODM their own products. “
I was keen to see what they had to offer and test the quality of the products he offered. A month later a box of goodies arrived at our offices, chain links, brake pads, tyres and some tubeless valves.
We decided to put a couple of the items he send to the test by handing them out to local bike shop owners to fit to their clients bikes, giving them real time exposure .
We received a wiper kit for the Rockshox Reba front suspension fork and a Fox Floating Shock service kit, and although we were a bit sceptical at first we were mind blown on how smooth these fitted and how well they worked.
Racing Brothers produced a world class product and with a recommended retail price of R350 for the front wiper kit and R400 for the rear service kit the shops could feel comfortable using these and still make a healthy profit.
Another product we extremely surprised with was the Vesrah MTB Brake Pads, who Johan recommend should retail at R110.
It was put through some rugged testing, they fitted perfectly on a Shimano XT brake set and we could hardly feel the difference between them and the original; and had a life span to match.
With chain links and tubeless valves you cannot go wrong as manufacturer; as long as you don’t try to be fancy. And the Taiwanese manufacturers kept it simple and they worked for less than what you used to paying.
XC Revolutions believe that with the amount of miles and the punishment that South African riders put their bikes through, more reasonably priced components are needed. Their aim is to bring that solution to South Africa.