Islabikes calling it a day

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Victim of their own success? Who knows, companies fail for all sorts of reasons, not all of them financial, especially if it's a family run business.
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JerseyJoe wrote: 13 May 2024, 7:12pm Victim of their own success? Who knows, companies fail for all sorts of reasons, not all of them financial, especially if it's a family run business.
My impression was it was still a financially viable business but was getting to be a chore to do, see https://www.bikeradar.com/news/islabike ... production

Islabikes still exists to some degree, providing spares and supporting existing bikes, but they're not building anything new. Presumably this wind-down operation employs rather fewer folk.

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It's a shame when an institution like that goes under, but like I said the reasons for it aren't always what you expect. Sometimes people just get fed up doing the same thing year in year out.
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Is there a successor to Islabikes crown?
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JerseyJoe wrote: 14 May 2024, 6:39pm Is there a successor to Islabikes crown?
Frog seem to be pretty well thought of and are channelling the same overall vibe (light weight, good quality, based around what the diminutive rider needs rather than just what is cheaply available and/or trendy, expect to pay Real Money™ but keep a good resale value).

And a big advantage over an Isla is you can buy them through a good range of local stockists rather than just by post.

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JerseyJoe wrote: 14 May 2024, 6:38pm It's a shame when an institution like that goes under, ...
Going under would seem to be unfair. They are no longer making new bikes, but the website is still there to sell spares and accessories.
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