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Scott Sports
Industry Bicycles, skiing and snowboarding equipment
Founded 1958
Headquarters Givisiez, Switzerland
Products Ski helmets, ski goggles
Website www.scott-sports.com
A Scott racing bike.

Scott Sports SA (formerly Scott USA) is a Swiss producer of bicycles, winter equipment, motorsports gear and sportswear. Company's main office is in Givisiez, Switzerland. Branches are located around Europe and in USA, South Africa and India.[1]

History[edit]

In 1958, engineer and skier Ed Scott from Sun Valley, Idaho, invented a ski pole made of aluminium, which compared favorably with those made of bamboo or steel. On the basis of this success, the company started to produce many kinds of sports goods. In 1970, Scott sold their first protection goggles for motocross riders; further motocross wear followed.

Scott expanded to Europe in 1978, settling their headquarters in Fribourg, Switzerland.

In 1989, Scott introduced one of the most significant innovations in the history of cycling to mass market – the clip-on aerodynamic handlebar. The handlebar was strategically utilized by American Greg LeMond in his 1989 Tour de France win, when he beat Frenchman Laurent Fignon by nearly a minute in the 24.5 km final time trial.[2] Previous to this event it was widely used in triathlon and Race Across America.

In 1991, Scott produced their first suspension fork named "Unishock" and a year later, their first full-suspension mountain bicycle was shown to the public.

In 2001 they launched the CR1, a road bike frame, at 895 grams it was the lightest frame available at the time.

In 2011, Scott launched E-Bike line E-Sub and E-Sportster. Next year they were replaced with E-Venture line models.[3][4][5]

In March 2017, the Scott-Sram team of world and Olympic champion Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann won the eight-day Cape Epic mountain bike race in South Africa over 641 km. Another of the Scott-Sram teams – Olympic gold medallist Jenny Rissveds and manager Thomas Frischknecht – won the Mixed category.

Sponsorship[edit]

Scott bicycles, used by the Orica–BikeExchange cycling team, at the 2016 Tour of Britain.

Meanwhile, the racing bicycle sector continue to expand and in 2002, stage 10 of the Tour de France was won by Patrice Halgand riding for the Jean Delatour team, which was at that time supported by Scott.[6] Today, Scott supplies the teams Mitchelton-Scott (male) and Mitchelton Scott (female) with equipment.[7]

In 2014, Scott Sports partnered with the US Military Endurance Sports organization to be a sponsor and provide Scott equipment to the US Domestic Elite Road Team and Elite Triathlon Team.[8]

In 2017, Scott Sports was sponsoring teams and individuals in various sports. Bike division was sponsoring 12 racing and mountain biking teams. Wintersport division was sponsoring 35 persons, running division 10 persons and motorsports division 40 persons.[9]

Name change[edit]

The name 'Scott USA' was changed to 'Scott Sports', representing a shift in emphasis to the European market.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legal | SCOTT". www.scott-sports.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  2. ^ "First Aero Bar". Scott Sports. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 1989 - First Aero Bar - In 1989, SCOTT introduced one of the most significant product innovations in the history of cycling - the aerodynamic handlebar. The handlebar was strategically utilized by American Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win. 
  3. ^ BikeshopsTV (2010-09-21), Scott SUB10 eBike 2011, retrieved 2017-11-29 
  4. ^ "Company History | SCOTT". SCOTT Sports. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Scott E-Venture: Neue urbane Pedelecs mit Bosch-Antrieb - Infos und Bilder". ElektroBIKE (in German). Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  6. ^ SCOTT
  7. ^ http://www.greenedgecycling.com/
  8. ^ SCOTT sponsors US Military Endurance Sports organization
  9. ^ "Teams | SCOTT". SCOTT Sports. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  10. ^ SCOTT | News | Bike | SCOTT Is Back In The U.S Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine.

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