loader from loading.io

Building 7mesh

From The Top

Release Date: 01/25/2021

Building Cervelo show art Building Cervelo

From The Top

The genesis of Cervelo started in 1995 when two young engineering students named Phil White and Gerard Vroomen met in the composites lab at McGill University in Canada. Over a span of 15 years they went from building a crazy aerodynamic time trial bike as a university project to creating one of the most disruptive and loved bike brands in the world.

info_outline
Building Zwift show art Building Zwift

From The Top

Indoor training has been around for longer than I can remember, but it was in 2014 when Zwift came along that it changed this market forever.

info_outline
Building Castelli show art Building Castelli

From The Top

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more iconic brand in cycling than Castelli. The company dates back to the late 1800’s.

info_outline
Building 'Life in the Peloton' with Mitch Docker show art Building 'Life in the Peloton' with Mitch Docker

From The Top

When pro cyclist Mitch Docker announced his retirement I was in the middle of producing Christian Meier’s story, much of the background I got from Mitch’s podcast, Life in the Peloton. So it got me thinking about Life in the Peloton. Is it a business for Mitch? How did he start this? What makes him tick? Where might it go? Mitch is clearly a smart, talented and hard working guy, so why not document his story now at this point of his journey rather than 10 years from now? 

info_outline
Building The Service Course show art Building The Service Course

From The Top

If you follow professional cycling and are attracted to specialty coffee, beautiful custom bikes, and boutique travel, then there’s no doubt you haven’t already come across Christian and Amber Meier’s businesses. The couple from Canada embarked on a professional cycling career for Christian and settled in the once sleepy Catalan town of Girona. The two of them are the founders of La Fabrica, Espresso Mafia and Service Course which have now become institutions of Girona that people seek out.

info_outline
Building 7mesh show art Building 7mesh

From The Top

7Mesh are an apparel brand based in Squamish, Canada who make top quality clothing made for the demands of mountain biking, gravel and road.

info_outline
Building Curve Cycling show art Building Curve Cycling

From The Top

It all started in around 2010 when Curve’s earliest founder, Steve was working in a bike shop and got asked all the time for wheel upgrades. At that time the only thing available for after market carbon wheels were basically ENVE, Zipp, and a few others which were a major price leap from high end alloy wheels. Steve started asking himself why a more accessible carbon wheelset wasn’t available, so he did it himself.

info_outline
Building LIV/Giant Bicycles show art Building LIV/Giant Bicycles

From The Top

You could very well argue that Bonnie Tu is the most powerful woman in cycling, although she wouldn’t think of describing herself that way. She’s best known as the face of the LIV brand she created back in 2008, but more than that she’s the Chairman of the largest bike brand in the world: The Giant Bicycle Group. What does that mean? Quite simply – she runs the entire show.

info_outline
How Matt Keenan Found His Voice show art How Matt Keenan Found His Voice

From The Top

As we continue our theme of individual icons within the sport, this week we hear the story of Matthew Keenan - a man who is slowly but surely becoming the new voice of cycling, taking over the highest job in cycling commentary just three years ago when Matt and Robbie McEwen replaced Paul Sherwin and Phil Liggett as the host announcers for the Tour de France.

info_outline
The Story of Legendary Cycling Photographer Graham Watson show art The Story of Legendary Cycling Photographer Graham Watson

From The Top

This week we speak to Graham watson, the most prolific cycling photographer in perhaps the world. Like other pioneers of their  professions, some might argue that it was easy back in the day and there were more opportunities. But everything is obvious in hindsight, and as you’ll soon hear from Graham, it was anything but easy. I’m a big believer that you make your own luck to open the next door, and that’s precisely what Graham did over the 5 decades he covered the sport.

info_outline
 
More Episodes

In this episode we speak to the three co-founders of apparel brand, 7mesh.

Getting into the cycling apparel business could now be one of the lowest barrier to entry segments in the industry. Anyone with an Instagram account and some design ability can directly access factories in Italy or China and create a clothing ‘brand’ these days, and it’s incredibly tough to cut through in this crowded market. That’s not to say some don’t break through and create legitimate and worthy businesses this way – I know firsthand a few who have. And this low barrier to entry has enabled some wonderful brands to get started and flourish. But because of this it is a crowded market now, and it’s tough to discern who are doing great work and innovating, and who are just pumping out disposable fashion.

Every once in a while however a new brand comes along with people from a track record of success, expertise and you just know they’ll be around for the long haul.

From the moment I first discovered 7mesh a few years ago I knew this was one of those brands in its infancy.

For those who don’t know, 7mesh are a apparel brand based in Squamish, Canada who make some top quality clothing made for the demands of mountain biking, gravel and road.

The three founders, Tyler Jordan, Ian Martin and Calum Davidson aren’t three random people who got together to do a passion project however. They were three early staff members and integral to the success of outdoor clothing juggernaut, Arc'teryx.

Tyler was the CEO, Ian was Design Director, and Calum was Director of Supply Chain – and all were (and still are) nuts for cycling. They were also great friends in their days at Arcteryx and were having fun, pushing boundaries, and getting shit done.

But as the saying goes, all good things come to and end and as the three oversaw tremendous growth in the business they all gave everything up to go off on their own and create something from scratch.

To tell the story of 7mesh, we need to get to know Tyler, Calum and Ian in their early days at Arctaryx …