Chain Reaction Cycles to sell dhb kit following Wiggle merger

Wiggle’s in-house brand to be sold through Chain Reaction’s website after merger

The merger of Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles was announced at the beginning of this year. It was delayed by a referral to the Competition and Markers Authority, which gave the green light to the deal in June.

Now Chain Reaction has announced that it will list dhb kit on its website.

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Dhb was developed as the in-house brand of Wiggle, offering a wide range of cycling clothing, including budget priced kit.

But its offer is becoming increasingly high-end and technical, with performance clothing geared to the needs of the growing number of more committed cycling enthusiasts.

Merger allows Chain Reaction to sell dhb clothing, like its popular Blok line

Merger allows Chain Reaction to sell dhb clothing, like its popular Blok line

The listing of dhb clothing by Chain Reaction is the first sign of the increasing collaboration and sharing between the two brands which will inevitably spring from the merger, as the company leverages its increased scale and opportunities for cost-savings and synergies.

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Already, three senior managers at Wiggle have been appointed as directors at Chain Reaction, according to documents lodged at Companies House, as reported by the Belfast Telegraph.

They include Wiggle’s chief executive Stefan Barden and its chief financial officer.

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Chain Reaction has its own One Ten clothing range. Its offer is smaller than that of dhb and Chain Reaction has been less vigorous in promoting it than Wiggle has been with dhb.

It will be interesting to see what the future of the brand will be.

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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.