This was my first time attending CABDA West, and it’s actually the first time the show has been held outside of Chicago! The show received a lot of positive attention and higher than expected attendance with a large number of electric bike dealers present. The idea of the show is for business to business connections (B2B) where brands can share their products and dealers can shop around and get wholesale pricing for the upcoming season. 2019 was the first CABDA West show for they will have another show called CABDA Midwest on February 13-14 for the fifth time annually.
CABDA West was part indoor and part outdoor with a test area for dealers to ride electric bikes and get a feel for their quality and performance. Day one saw cloudy skies and light rain, but the test track was still open.
– Official CABDA website: https://www.cabda.com/
– CABDA stands for Chicago Area Bike Dealers Association but is now in California as well so perhaps it could also stand for California Area Dealers Association
– 40% above anticipated attendance at CABDA West, and they are expecting 2x next year
– 1,800 registrations for CABDA West was reported to me
Ebike brands I saw at CABDA 2019: Da Vinci Electric Tandem, Felt, iGo, AddMotoR, Bosch, Urban Arrow, GreenBike Electric Motion, Gazelle, Magnum, Tern, Aventon, Wildsyde, Stromer ST1 and ST3, CUBE, BULLS, Electra Café, Poseidon, KHS with MPF Drive, Haro, Yuba, IZIP, Haibike, Raleigh, Gocycle, CERO, Zeitgeist.
Interesting non-ebike highlights: Cush Core foam inserts for running mountain bike tires at low pressure (protects the rim against big impact and supports the sidewalls to reduce tire role and burping, dampen vibration), Green Guru recycled bags and bike accessories.