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Islabikes ceasing production.

Not due to liquidity issues according to the article but the owners want to stop and I assume they're unable to find a buyer.


  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,732
    The owners want to slow down and retire. Their original aim was to provide better bikes for youngsters and those not so tall and with smaller hands. They succeeded in that and as such if you turn up to the competitions for youngsters you will find Islabikes are by far the most popular. They succeeded in making other manufacturers follow suit. They're not just shutting up shop their going to supply spares and support any warranty issues. Well done to Isla and her team in making the big manufacturers change.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 11,416
    Spot on, completely revolutionised the children's bike market, from mostly censored that weighed a ton, to really well designed and light steeds.

    Yes they are expensive to most people, but when you factor in that you get sometimes more than your money back for these bikes (And I include Frog in that statement from personal experience) they make MUCH more sense financially than Apollo or catalogue bikes, and that's before you get to the part where they are much easier and nicer for your children to ride etc etc.

    Definitely a shame they are mostly leaving the arena, but thanks to them the entire market is changed forever, quite the legacy.
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  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    We're on our 3rd and 4th Isabikes.
    All have been second hand and the two we've sold have been for what, if not more than we paid for them (after spending some money on them etc it's a loss)

    Great little bikes and it's great to see they will be keeping spare parts available.
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