Our Man in FranceJan Heine
Compass components have found fans all over the world. We are shipping them as far as Brazil, South Africa and Singapore. Unfortunately, international shipping is expensive. And we really want to see our products in bike shops. So we are working with distributors to make our products more widely available.
Many of our customers live in Europe. We are excited to work with Jean-Philippe Ferreira (JP). His company, 2-11 Cycles, distributes Compass products to bike shops and also sells them directly to customers. And since France is part of the Euro zone, it’s easy to mail Compass products all over Europe.
When asked about the name, JP explained that it should be read: “To 11 Cycles”. In a reference to the movie Spinal Tap. With his company, he wants to distribute products that “take it to 11”.
2-11 Cycles had a stand at the Concours de Machines technical trials this summer. For now, 2-11 Cycles sells Compass tires, select components like handlebars, Bicycle Quarterly back issues, and the French edition of our René Herse book.
French builders have been embracing Compass components. No fewer than 9 out of 17 bikes competing in the technical trials were on Compass tires!
And the best shops in France now carry Compass components. Thank you, JP: We look forward to working with you for many years to come!
To find out more, visit the 2-11 Cycles web site or check them out on Facebook as “2-11 Cycles”.
We also are working to appoint other distributors in Europe. Many bike shops already order from Compass directly and carry our products. We appreciate that cyclists all over the world are excited about our components!