Serotta

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Serotta Competition Bicycles
Industry Bicycles
Fate Closed
Founded 1972
Defunct 2013
Headquarters Saratoga Springs, New York
Key people
Ben Serotta, Kelly Bedford, David Kirk, Keith Cieslinski
Products Road, Track, Mountain, and Cyclocross Bicycles

Serotta was an American bicycle builder located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Named after founder Ben Serotta, the company was founded in 1972.[1]

Serotta built frames for the Coors, Crest and 7-Eleven pro teams, although Team 7-Eleven bikes were branded as Murray and later Huffy. Serotta also built bikes for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Serotta was known in the industry for its proprietary tube designs and revolutionizing titanium bicycle building. Serotta sold the company in 1989 to Archibald Cox Jr., son of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox Jr. Cox later purchased Fat City Cycles and merged it with Serotta in response to growing interest in mountain biking. In 1997, Ben Serotta and his wife Marcie bought the company back from Cox.[2]

Serotta also has a bicycle-fitting system.[3] The Serotta Fit School, started in 1998, trains retailers, coaches and clinicians in a system that incorporates the rider's life, goals, fitness, body, flexibility, motion, experience, injuries, surgeries and physical concerns.

In June 2013, Serotta merged with Blue Competition Cycles and Mad Fiber Wheels under the name of Divine Cycling Group.[4] In July 2013, Serotta ceased manufacturing bicycles.[4]

In 2015, Ben Serotta helped redesign the Citi Bike for New York City's bike sharing system.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rachelle Kredentser (August 1, 2013). "Bicycle maker to close Saratoga Springs factory". Times Union. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  2. ^ Matthew Phillips (August 5, 2002). "Serotta cycles back to roots". The Business Review. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  3. ^ Streb, Marla (2006). Bicycling Magazine's Century Training Program. Rodale. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-59486-184-0. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  4. ^ a b Steve Frothingham (July 31, 2013). "Ben Serotta: 'I will build bikes another day'". Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  5. ^ Fermino, Jennifer (7 June 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Redesigned Citi Bikes hitting streets this month". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 

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