Samples not yet available in the shops are part of the haul by thieves who breached Scott's security system.

£650,000-worth of bikes stolen from Scott HQ in Switzerland

Scott Sports has revealed that its headquarters in Givisiez, Switzerland, was broken into at the weekend. Thieves stole 200 or so bicycles, worth 1 million Swiss Francs, or about £650,000.

Pascal Ducrot, Vice President of Scott Sports, said: "The thieves acted in a professional manner and gained access to the warehouse despite an active burglar alarm and without attracting attention. In the building, they stole a large number of expensive Model Year 2014 road and mountain bikes as well as several Model Year 2015 samples that have not yet been introduced to the market."

The thieves also stole a truck from an adjacent company to transport the bikes away from the Scott warehouse,

"Scott faces substantial financial damage," said Ducrot.

"It is a sad truth that the bicycling industry, be it retailers, manufacturers or professional teams, have been victim of recurrent, severe burglaries causing extensive financial damage during the past few years."

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