This article has been commissioned and published by JEC Composites Group
In the wake of Xiaomi’s QiCycle and LeEco’s smart road bike, many Chinese factories are now developing their own carbon fibre bikes. They are stimulated by a reviving domestic bike market that fully benefits from the growing Chinese middle class and government policies.
Traditionally, China has been the world’s largest market for bicycles. In 2015, the total bicycle production in China reached 80.3 million units, with 72% of them being exported and 28% (22.8 million units) being used domestically, according to figures provided by the Asia Bike Trade Show, which takes place every year in September in Nanjing.
Previously overshadowed by the car, which was more a status symbol for the increasingly rich Chinese, the bike has come back in full force since the beginning of the 2010’s. There are many reasons for this, starting with the Chinese government’s support, which encourages sport and outdoor activities and fosters environment protection policies. The China Daily national newspaper reports that, while in Tianjin for the World Economic Forum in June 2016, the premier Li Keqiang lifted a smart bicycle made from carbon fibre and took it for a test ride at a Flying Pigeon experience store, which features 100-year-old brands. “I would like to tell Chinese bicycle companies that I support the smart upgrading of the “Made in China 2025” strategy,” he said.