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New Partner for Pinion Sales and Service in North America

Published November 14, 2022

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  • VPL to distribute Pinion’s award-winning bicycle transmissions in US and Canada

Vapor Propulsion Labs (VPL) has hired Marc Seemann to oversee its North American sales and service program for Pinion under a partnership with the award-winning German gearbox manufacturer.

Seemann joins VPL after eight years with Gates Corporation, where he led technical support and sales for Pinion gearboxes in the United States and Canada. With Seemann’s hiring, VPL will assume responsibility for distributing Pinion products in North America beginning Nov. 1.

“I’m excited to continue representing Pinion in North America for VPL and its portfolio of advanced bicycle products,” Seemann says. “In my new role I will continue working closely with Gates and its amazing Gates Carbon Drive products, which pair beautifully with Pinion gearboxes to create the most durable and low-maintenance bicycle drivetrains on the planet.”

Pinion executives praised Gates for introducing Pinion gearboxes to North America in 2017 under a distribution partnership. 

“Gates and Pinion have always shared a common belief: to make bicycle and e-bike drive systems worry-free, clean, and durable,” says Thomas Raith, Managing Director for Sales and Service at Pinion. “After six years of successful cooperation and sustained positive customer relationships with retailers, end customers and North American bicycle brands, the course is now set for further collaboration between Pinion, Gates, and VPL.”

Pinion and Gates will continue working together to support bike brands and in partnership at trade shows.

Learn more about VPL and contact Marc Seemann at


Topics associated with this article: Distributor news, Electric bike

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