Due to, among other things, the ongoing shortage of raw materials - in particular aluminium, rubber and steel - we are still struggling with the high volatility of our suppliers' delivery commitments. Another factor that increases delivery times is the already above-average and increasing demand for bicycle components on the world market. Compared to pre-Corona, the delivery times have increased fivefold in some cases. On the one hand, this has to do with the increased demand, but on the other hand, production capacities have been decimated due to Corona measures or, in some cases, temporarily suspended due to temporary plant closures. Such dynamic growth is unique and unprecedented in the bicycle industry, so that bicycle manufacturers and suppliers are facing major challenges.
Since autumn 2022, the delivery times of suppliers have been decreasing, in some cases significantly. Nevertheless, there are unfortunately still individual component groups, including circuit components, electronic components or parts manufactured exclusively for us, which continue to increase the production time of a complete bike. In conclusion, however, we can say that there is a positive trend towards better planning and that we can hopefully expect shorter and more reliable production dates again soon.