January 16/12 17:41 pm - T-One Factory Visit
Posted by Editoress on 01/16/12
Canadian Cyclist was invited to visit a number of Taiwanese bike companies in the fall of 2011. Here is one of our factory visits - to read the overview to our visit and access all the articles, go to the main page Here
T-One is an example of the newest phase of the bike industry that has come to Taiwan - a OBM and ODM company. Founded in 2007, it was created by parent company Thunder Graphic, which provides decals for many bike companies, including Giant. T-One is a design company that sub-contracts manufacturing. Approximately 30% of the work they do is Original Design Manufacturing, under contract for other companies, with 70% their own branded designs. Among the products the small design team (six) have worked on are bags, racks, bottle cages, cell phone holders, multi tools battery cases (for E-Bikes)and handlebar grips.
The headquarters of the T-One design house
One of the most unique products is their Undercover alarm system . It consists of two parts: a base which is attached to the bike underneath the bottle cage, and a small, handheld remote. When the alarm is activated, if anyone moves the bike too far from the remote (approximately 120 metres), a 100 decibel alarm goes off. Great for being able to leave your bike outside the coffee sho without having to lock it (or even if you do lock it).