Tannus strikes OEM deals with South Korean giant and U.S. start up

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Airless tyre brand Tannus has struck up two OEM supply deals; entering a partnership with South Korean manufacturer Alton Sports and U.S. start up Ezra Bikes.

In a drive to bring its puncture-free solution to more manufacturers the firm will now supply 10,000 Aither 1.1 tyres to Alton Sports, which commands a 20% market share of South Korea’s bike production. Five different models will benefit from the solid tyres and there are discussions to increase this volume into 2018.

Separately, the company has agreed to supply tyres to a US start-up Ezra Bikes, which is running a Kickstarter campaign for its range of children’s bikes.

The company uses the Tannus Tyres as a major part of its pitch to raise $27,500. It is just $7,200 off the target and has more than a month to go.

The company, named after the founders’ child who died, aged four, aims to provide high quality kids’ bikes at a family friendly price.

Ezra’s pitch says: “We have been long time advocates for flat proof tires and have researched many different companies and designs.

“Through our research, we’ve partnered with Tannus Tires to bring a flat proof tire to all models of Ezra Bikes”.

The deals with the Korean and US bike manufacturers come on top of Tannus’s deal with Specialized last year to supply an unbranded tyre for the Californian company’s Alibi hybrid and sales of more than 160,000 Chacle ‘shopper’ bikes fitted with Tannus in Japan.

For the road cyclists out there, Tannus recently revealed it was to release its first ever 700 x 25c tyre. A pre-Eurobike launch is expected for this model.