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Starkenn launches Giant ‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’


Gautam Taode, becomes the first Indian to raise on podium the Indian Flag in Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014

Pune (Dec. 04, 2014): Pune based biker Gautam Taode created history as he emerged as the first Indian to complete Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014 held recently at Bali- Indonesia.

Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd honoured Gautam Taode for the rare feat. On this occasion Starkenn Sports Private Limited launched its finest range of mountain bike ‘Giant XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’. The bike was launched by Mr. Pravin Patil, Managing Director and CEO of Starkenn Sports pvt. Ltd in presence of Gautam Taode  The feather weight bike has a composite frameset designed to handle the specific geometry demands of 27.5 inch wheels. The bike has a flawless mix of weight, comfort and performance.

Purposefully engineered for the fast, stable 27.5-inch wheel platform, the all-new XTC Advanced 27.5 is the perfect balance between speed and control. The combination of the MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket offer a super responsive and efficient chassis. Thoughtful touches including the integrated seat clamp and internal cable routing round out this unrivaled XC racer. 

In the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014, Gautam competed against top notch international bikers and completed the distance of 1.4 kilometers in 3 minutes 7 seconds and 127 microseconds. Gautam is now planning to participate in the World Downhill Championship to be held in August next year. Gautam is a Giant Starkenn Rider who currently uses- Giant Glory. Giant Glory is a regarded as the best bike in the category. Previously Gautam had emarged as runners up Nepal Urban Downhill Palpa in 2013, as well as clinched the second place in the Himachal downhill mountain bike international trophy last year.

Commenting on his achievement, Mr. Gautam Taode  said, “It gives me great pleasure to become the first Indian to have completed the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014. I feel honoured to have been felicitated with an award by Giant and Starkenn. It was an extremely challenging race with a difficult terrain and steep slopes. However, my relentless practice and focus, helped me complete the race. It was one of the tougest downhill races I have competed in and my special thanks to Giant-Starkenn who helped me prepare for and complete this race. I was also excited to be a part of the launch for Giant’s Finest mountain bike, and look forward to riding the same sometime soon.”

Commenting on Gautam’s accomplishment and the launch of ‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’, Mr. Pravin V Patil, Managing Director and CEO of Starkenn Sports pvt. Ltd. said “We are really proud of Gautam’s achievement and would be associated with him for his further endeavours. We have seen the attitude of people towards Downhill biking evolve over the past few years and it is very pleasing to know that this form of cycling is catching up in India.Needless to say this form of cycling is dangerous and needs state of the art equipments which Giant Starkenn takes care of. We will keep striving to provide many such platforms where cycling enthusiasts all over the world can come together and partake in such events. Additionally, we are proud to present Giant XTC Advanced 27.5 0 Team, an elite mix of weight, comfort and performance.”

The Indian bicycle industry is approximately Rs 4,500 + crore in value with the super-premium bike market accounting for approximately Rs 100 crore in sales. With a total sale of 3000 super premium bikes annually, Pune becomes one of the most important and fastest growing market in India for these bikes.  There has been a surge in sales of super premium bicycles in last 4 years in Pune as the city continues to show a positive trend towards cycling. Promoting the cycling trend in Pune, Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. has been the front runner in proactively organising events and activities for enthusiasts across the city.