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DT Swiss factory visit

Throwback Taiwan – This march I spent a few weeks in Taiwan to cycle across the country, but also to visit the Taipei bike show, start at the Taipei Drag Race and to see the factory of DT Swiss. On my first days in Taiwan I spend most of my time at the bike show. I’m very happy that DT Swiss invited me to that event and arranged an interview with cycling time Taiwan on the last day of the show. It really cool to meet a company from Switzerland on the other side oft he earth.

One week after the show I was invited to see the factory of DT Swiss in Taichung. Taiwan ist he Mekka for bikes. So many parts and frames are produced in this country and Taichung ist he centre of that industry.

A few hard facts in the beginning. DT Swiss was founded in 1994 in Biel, Switzerland. The company is the world market leader in producing spokes. It also produces hubs, rims, nipples and suspension forks. The company is not just producing in Switzerland and Taiwan, but also in the USA and Poland.

In Taichung I’ve met Robert Valentini again, who showed me all parts of the factory. DT Swiss started to produce in Taiwan in 2005 and since that time the company and the sales are growing massively. Due tot hat fact the facctory is becoming too small for all the needs of the company. Therefore the wheel assembly and the fork production are moved to different locations.

In the main factory, DT Swiss produces spokes with massive machines. With one of these wire drums you can produce roughly half a million spokes. After You might recognise that the wire is silver and not black. DT Swiss doesn’t just paint the spokes like others do, they use a secret technique to get them black.

It’s also really interesting to see the assembly line for hubs of a world leading company. DT Swiss produces hubs not just for DT Swiss wheels, but also for wheelsets of other companies. You might not recognise that in the first step, because the brandings are made individualy, depending on the customers whishes.

Therefore the product range of DT Swiss are a few thousand products. Although you might think they just produce spokes, hubs and suspension forks.

How did that happen? Pretty easy. DT Swiss invests more money in new inventions and product development than others do. The company is really proud of the product quality. Due to that they can provide the market with ist best inventions and products.

Thanks a lot to Robert Valentini, Alex Schmitt and David Weng who gave me the chance to see the inside of DT Swiss.


Crooz Clothing

Crooz is a label, based in Jakarta, which focuses on skateboard and leisure wear. The brand was established in 2003 and sells their products in several south east asian countries.

I’ve met the guys in Jakarta and get the opportunity to check out some of their products.

The trousers is made for skateboarding, but is also a very good product for commuting. The material is stretch, so that cycling is no problem at all. Also the pockets are deep to avoid losing a cell phone or anything else. I like the small details, for example the key ring and the small label at the back.

The shirts do not just have cool logos, also the cotton material makes them nice to wear.


Chrome Industries Kharkiv

I started travelling with a huge 65l backpack. Way to much fort hat trip.


With the help of a good friend I didshed a lot of stuff and changed my luggage to a small seasack, which I put on my bike and a Chrome Industries Kharkiv bag. This bag includes a pocket for a 15“ laptop and a few more small pockets. One great feauture ist he exterior helmet storage, which can be folded down to safe space. The bag is actually made for commuting, but for me it is a perfect fit for light travelling.

8bar Krzberg V5

That’s my great 8bar Krzberg V5. In 2015 I competed with this bike in several competitions in Europe and Asia. I also started my #travelfixed journey on this bike and I’m happy to have it as a good partner!

The whole bike is build up with 8bar parts. Check them on

Frameset: 8bar KRZBERG-v5 Team
Wheelset: 8bar MEGA CNC
Crankset: 8bar MEGA CNC
Stem: 8bar MEGA CNC – 120mm
Handlebar: 8bar GIGA road drop bar
Seatpost: 8bar MEGA CNC
Saddle: 8bar X Selle San Marco – Concor
Pedals: Shimano 105

Pictures by Tan Supapunpinyo

Oakley Radar

Rad Race is very happy to has Oakley as a sponsoring partner. Since I’m part of RAD PACK I’m also able to cycle with a new Oakley Radar. Check out some pictures of this awesome product!

Oakley glasses are my favorites, since I’m a cyclist. The light frame fits perfect to my head, without to much pressure. I barely feel it and it never fell of my head. The black glasses provide a good protection against the sunlight and you have a wide view without getting disturbed by a frame.

Give it a try!



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