- One of Taiwan’s best mountain bike component brands is the work of a South African.
- Gavin Vos was a local mountain biking pioneer before moving to Taiwan.
- And his company blends meticulous manufacturing with marketing nous.
It might be one of the most successful mountain bike wheel and component brands, but Spank knows when to have fun with its product marketing.
Founded by South Africa’s Gavin Vos, the company operates out of Taiwan. It is renowned for its alloy wheels, stems and handlebars.
Gavin has lived in Taichung for the last 26 years and is a recognized figure in the mountain bike industry.
He was also instrumental in establishing mountain biking in South Africa during the early 1990s. Gavin was a pivotal figure in securing the country’s first UCI World Championship event, at Stellenbsoch, in 1997 – where Greg Minnaar was 'discovered' as teenager.
Show your colours when cornering
Although most of Spank’s resources are employed to perfect aluminium fabrication for various mountain bike components, the marketing department never allows an opportunity to pass.
To celebrate 20 April, Spank produced a limited edition series of 4/20 Rasta handlebars and stems.
Featuring the iconic red, green and gold, graphic designers at Spank applied the Rastafarian colours to the brand’s 318 and 350 stems. Matching these stems are 4/20 inspired Oozy flat pedals.
Very rare Rasta bits
To keep the 4/20 Rasta themed components exclusive, Spank will only produce 100 stems and pedals – globally. That should ensure that they are a very rare colourway to encounter on your local trails.
If you want to finish that new mountain bike build with a Rastafarian theme, or update your current bike with some 4/20 collectable components, Spank’s latest bits are ideal.
Best of all, if you are one of the lucky riders who managed to secure an order of these limited edition components, Spank will add a hemp trail builder’s hat as part of the deal.