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Team Kona no longer powered by Ford

The two-year long deal between the bike maker and the car maker is to come to an end in January. Budget cuts are given as the reason. UK importer Paligap says it is negotiating with other out-of-the-bike-industry companies to become co-sponsors

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Alan Finden-Crofts reckons he’s VERY upbeat about future prospects

On this site last month, and in the November print magazine, a whole load of cycle trade success stories were given prominence. Such as the record October's both Specialized and Trek had experienced, almost globally. Such as Dahon's increased sales and bullish forecasts for 2002. Such as Tandem paying down its debts with positive first half of 2001 trading figures. On the downside, I may have mentioned - in passing, you understand - the Chapter 11 of the Derby Cycle Corporation as one of the less positive stories of the year. However, the former president of that Corporation, takes issue with that assessment because Raleigh Cycle Ltd., the company which bought DCC's brands , owes its existence to optimism...

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