Gitane is big in France and Belgium but has always been a micro-brand in the UK. It has had on-off distribution for many years. Ripping Motos was the last importer.
The November launch will be low-key, said Salisbury-based Cycleurope UK MD Fu Wong, who's also in charge of Cycleurope's Spectra P&A range in Europe.
"In 2005 it'll be a mega brand range but we'll start slowly," Wong told BikeBiz.com at Eurobike.