Widely accepted as one of the world’s most efficient ways of transportation, bicycle is highly accessible and offers many benefits for cyclists. Even if the bicycle industry is an extremely mature market, functionalities have evolved little over the years. An innovation must be truly special to stand out from the traditional bike components, and get noticed.
Rather than entering into direct competition with strong incumbents in the bicycle industry, IXOW wants to create its own market and revolutionize bikes’ functionalities. By thinking outside existing codes, by choosing leading experts as partners, by innovating; IXOW is conceiving products that will make a difference.
IXOW’s innovative bicycle components offer a real alternative to existing solutions. All products, produced in France, are born out of a bold move to replace metal by advanced engineering composite every time it is possible.
Stempark is no exception. Stempark is the first stem to include an integrated patented release mechanism for storing and transporting the bicycle in a simple and efficient way. By simply turning a control ring using two fingers, the handlebars can be aligned parallel to the frame and the wheels. The width of the bicycle is immediately reduced by 50 centimeters.
“Engineering plastics are the right raw materials to support our strategy of innovation,” explains Christian Gauthier, CEO of IXOW. “We have further innovations on the horizon—one of which we believe only can be made from plastic. We have the ability to innovate because engineering plastics are flexible enough to help us create the right solutions. We cannot compete with established players using aluminium, but in France we have great plastic-injection skills, which provide us with an indisputable competitive advantage.”
One of the biggest questions asked of IXOW is “Why composite? Why not aluminium, like many other suppliers?” Gauthier explains his reasoning: “Composites are easier to integrate, they offer more degrees of freedom, both for the design and, technically, for the integration of our innovative mechanism. They also provide a nice tactile feel and grip.”
Stempark, with its fiberglass-reinforced composite, perfectly combines lightness and ultra-resistance.