Your guide to the finalists

BikeBiz Awards 2010 Finalists: Rising Star

Doubling turnover and being a key founder of the British Electric Bicycle Association are just two of the reasons the firm has made it onto the Rising Star Finalist this year. The firm unveiled the first carbon e-bike at the Earls Court-based Cycle Show last year and Wisper is a keen supporter of the electric bike scene, including the annual Tour de Prestigne electric bike race in North Wales. 

This young company provides cycling services to public and private sector organisations (including a number of emergency services) providing a tailored service to clients’ specific needs. Its fully qualified mechanics undertake onsite scheduled bike maintenance visits for institutions and organisations in the city. Notably the firm works with the London Cycle Hire scheme and even organises corporate mountain bike days in scenic locations just outside London.

The Bike List
The Bike List is planning to help over one million riders find their perfect bike this year, with useability a core cornerstone for this online bike choosing tool. Users can select their ride from more than 4,600 bikes by brand, bike type, price, suspension, frame material, gender, age or year. With a simple design, reliable writing and info-packed reviews, this new kid on the block is carving itself a niche in the consumer site world.

Enigma Titanium
Having carved a reputation for building high quality titanium bikes since the firm first went into business four years ago, Enigma Titanium has since added a steel bike range to its portfolio in the last 12 months, all handcrafted in its Sussex workshop.

Reportedly the only UK manufacturer that can build with titanium, the firm has its sights set on becoming a world class British brand to compete with the most prestigious names in the industry.

Green Oil

From humble beginnings in a garden shed with a single chain lube and basic machinery, Green Oil has ramped up its game significantly over the past 12 months. From opening a factory in Wales to produce its award winning range and expanding the line-up to five products, the firm uses ecologically sound methods and produced the world’s first fairly traded bike product – the EcoSponge. The last 12 months have even seen the firm gain a foothold in other countries (from Moldova to the USA) and has doubled turnover. The firm also supports local cycle events in the UK.

Green Oil recently bagged a spot on BBC Breakfast news, boosting its growing reputation.

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