What will this mean for Scott, will this be the start of the end for Scott or are they going on as usual with new market leading innovations developed elsewhere - inhouse or with a new extrenal R&D partner?
And maybe more exciting, what will now happen with the German Denk Engineering GmbH now? Will they start their own bike brand again or start developing bikes for another brand? Scott was Denk Engineering's only customer before ending their relationship.
In the early 90's Peter Denk and Thomas Fuderer founded the German MTB brand Hot Chili which they later sold off before they started developing Scott's bikes in 1995 from their lab in Freiburg, Germany.
http://www.bikebiz.com/news/28266/Scott ... lationship
Scott and Denk end R&D relationship
11:00, Jul 25th 2007 by Carlton Reid
Denk Engineering GmbH and Scott USA had worked together for 12 years
The R&D partnership ends at the end of October. The two companies are "looking for new challenges," says Peter Denk.
Denk was responsible for many of Scott's cutting-edge products and innovations over the past 12 years, including this year's Strike and Spark carbon-fibre lightweights.
"We would like to thank Scott for the great time and the tremendous support," says Denk.
At the Autumn trade shows Scott will release three new "exciting projects" designed by Denk Engineering GmbH, including a new MTB called the Gambler, perfect for Interbike Las Vegas.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id= ... news/08-03
Denk Engineering GmbH and Scott USA to cease relationship
Denk Engineering GmbH and Scott USA have announced the end of their working relationship effective the end of October 2007. The German engineering firm was responsible for many of Scott's frame and suspension hallmarks over the past twelve years, including the Spark cross country bike, the Genius trail bike frames, the full-carbon Ransom all-mountain platform, and their associated proprietary shocks. Road innovations include the revolutionary CR1, Addict, and Plasma framesets as well as their CR1 tube-to-tube and IMP carbon construction processes.
Denk Engineering has stated that it still has three collaborative projects pending, each of which are to be completed by the end of October and presented through the 2008 trade shows.
As you might have heard, Scott and Denk Engineering will go a different path in the future. Our partnership will be over by end of October 2007.
Peter Denk and Thomas Fuderer as well as their group have worked with Scott since 1995. Within this time, many great things and projects have been created of which everyone in our group can be proud of. We would like to thank Denk Engineering for their excellent work, loyalty and partnership during this time.
Scott’s vision and goals of creating leadership products will not change and therefore Scott’s reinforced internal R & D team is very motivated to present you outstanding products also in the future. Denk Engineering’s influence can still be seen on next upcoming inventions as this has been a step which has been prepared by both parties.
We again, would like to express our thanks to Denk engineering and wish them all the best in the future.
VP Scott Sports SA
2006 German articles and pictures from Denk Engineering:
http://fudder.de/artikel/2006/07/14/das ... rrad-labor
http://www.inneo.de/frameset_DEU.htm?lo ... fault.aspx