A few months back, we told you about Cleveland Cyclewerks’ plans for US production. Now, a few more details have come to light.
The biggest news is that Bruce Belfer is involved. You might remember his name from a couple years back, when he made a bid Erik Buell Racing after EBR went into receivership, then had his funding fall through. We’re not 100 per cent sure what Belfer’s involvement is, but we do know he’s working with CCW now. The Wind Burned Eyes blog says Belfer is CCW founder Scott Colisimo’s “partner for the U.S.”
Other interesting details from that blog: Reportedly, Colosimo says US-made Cleveland Cyclewerks bikes will be in production in a matter of months. Those bikes will be sold in the US, and also exported. Other countries will also be able to buy CCW bikes that were not made in the US, but the ones sold in the States will all be built there.
As well, Colosimo says Cleveland Cyclewerks is changing their US distributor, and intends to expand their dealer network.
The timing on this move couldn’t be more intriguing, with newly installed President Trump potentially ushering in an era of economic isolationism in the US. If foreign-built bikes become more expensive (and there’s some indication they may be, at least for some models), then American buyers may turn to CCW more readily. And, Cleveland Cyclewerks has always built a visually appealing product; if it can back that up with improved reliability, it would be surprising if the market didn’t respond positively.
We haven’t heard of any changes to Canada’s Cleveland Cyclewerks distribution (still done through GVA Brands, according to this website). However, we’ll be very interested to what CCW’s new models will look like, if they show up in Canada in the near future.