Suspension-maker Manitou Signs with

Suspension fork and shock manufacturer Manitou recently launched training on, adding to the online retail training company’s growing collection of cycling brands.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (August 5, 2008) – Suspension fork and shock manufacturer Manitou recently launched training on, adding to the online retail training company's growing collection of cycling brands.

More than 1,100 active bike retailers representing over 3,500 locations currently train on, learning about brands like Pearl Izumi, GORE BIKE WEARâ„¢ and Giro. In addition, salespeople can access's product fundamental training on mountain, road and BMX bikes. engages retail salespeople using fast-paced, testable online training that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Users earn big discounts on the products they sell by passing “Edu-Games”, which test brand, technology and product knowledge.

Manitou, known as one of the first companies to utilize motorcycle suspension technologies for mountain bikes, needed to relay a consistent training message that could be regularly updated with new technologies and products, according to Joel Richardson, the company's marketing manager.

“ offers us the flexibility to quickly change our messaging as new products come online,” Richardson said. “This training will empower our sales force with the ability to instantly get up to speed on highly technical equipment. It's knowledge that we can easily pass on to our customers.” CEO Duncan Robins noted that Manitou's innovative bike components were a natural fit for's brand of online training.

“Innovative, highly technical hard goods like the forks and shocks produced by Manitou fit our training model to a T,” Robins said. “We're confident we can increase the quality of Manitou's conversations on the sales floor.”

About is an online campus that represents over 83,000 registered pros and sales professionals, 250 manufacturers and over 10,000 retailers in an increasing number of industries, including Outdoor, Snow, Bike, Action Sports, Golf, Tennis and Hunt/Fish. offers a fun and secure place for retail sales professionals to train, access information and interact within their industry.

About Manitou
Manitou, founded by Mountain Bike Hall-of-Famer Doug Bradbury in 1985, was one of the first companies to bring motorcycle suspension technology to the mountain bike market. Since Manitou became part of the Milwaukee, Wis.-based Hayes Bicycle Group in 2006, the company has focused on making plush, lightweight, adjustable forks and shocks for World Cup-level competition.

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