PINION - MADE IN GERMANY

Ten years ago, the idea behind our Pinion central gearbox was born. At the time (June 2006) we were working at Porsche’s transmission development centre in Weißach, Germany. As budding engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts, we had a dream: to create a bicycle transmission that was as intuitive to use as a sports car, with the same high precision and low wear.

The longer we thought about it, the clearer it became how outdated the open and exposed derailleur gear system really was. And so our vision was born: A BICYCLE TRANSMISSION WITH THE HEART OF A SPORTS CAR, as finely tuned as it would be functional. Suitable for any cycling route in the world, no matter the conditions. After five years of development, numerous prototypes and countless hours on the test stand, things finally kicked into high gear in 2010. It was then that the first P1.18 gearbox ready for series production crossed the Himalayas – effortlessly, reliably and flawlessly.

Today, thousands of cyclists and over 60 international bicycle brands rely on our “Made in Germany” gear technology. With high-precision tuning adapted to every specific application – from the world touring bicycle and enduro MTB to the urban e-bike.

The year 2017 brings the introduction of our newly created C-Line, and central gearboxes will no longer limited to high-end premium bicycles. The three models in the C-Line will make our proven Pinion technology available to all cycling enthusiasts. Keep reading to learn more about us, our passion and the new C-Line.

Enjoy riding with Pinion.

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Michael Schmitz                                                   Christoph Lermen

PINION-BIKES HAVE BEEN AWARDED AS THE BEST IN CLASS

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ENDURO DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD

2014 NICOLAI ARGON AM PINION & 2013 ALUTECH FANES ENDURO 3.0 PINION

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BIKE MILESTONE 2011

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GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2014

TOUT TERRAIN SILKROAD XPLORE

AWARD
EUROBIKE AWARD 2016

Pinion C-Linie

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ENDURO DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD

2014 NICOLAI ARGON AM PINION & 2013 ALUTECH FANES ENDURO 3.0 PINION

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BIKE MILESTONE 2011

PINION P1.18

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Deutscher Gründerpreis 2017

Top-3 companies Category „Aufsteiger“

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Innovationspreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg 2016

Dr.-Rudolf-Eberle-Preis 2. Rank

MORE
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2014

TOUT TERRAIN SILKROAD XPLORE

AWARD
EUROBIKE AWARD 2016

Pinion C-Linie

AWARD
ENDURO DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD

2014 NICOLAI ARGON AM PINION & 2013 ALUTECH FANES ENDURO 3.0 PINION

AWARD
BIKE MILESTONE 2011

PINION P1.18

AWARD

THE GEAR MAKERS

PINION COMPANY HISTORY

Early 2006
Christoph Lermen and Michael Schmitz met at the Porsche Development Centre for engines and transmissions. They developed the idea of a revolutionary transmission while mountain-biking together.

2006-2007
They developed, rejected and revised various transmission designs.

21.10.2007
They submitted their first patent application. Lermen and Schmitz decided to develop a transmission for production.

November 2008
Test ride of the first transmission prototypes, which were still manufactured with three intermediate shafts.

October 2009
A new visionary investor is convinced by the transmission design and comes on board. Fineschnitt GmbH renamed as Pinion GmbH

December 2009
An in-house designed test stand is commissioned. The first employee is appointed.

Summer 2010
Extreme biker Felix Fröhlich crosses the Himalayas with a Pinion prototype transmission. The transmission works perfectly.

Eurobike 2010
A more advanced prototype, the Pinion P1, is presented to the public for the first time.

Early 2011
The first bicycle manufacturers start designing a frame for the transmission, which is now officially the P1.18./p>

Eurobike 2011
Several manufacturers present wheels with the P1.18 transmission in a preproduction showing. Pinion presents a design study of the E1.8, the first electric-motor transmission unit for bicycles.

September 2011
Pinion wins the renowned BIKE Milestone Award for the best bicycle components.

November 2011
A final revision brings the P1.18 transmission from preproduction to production standard. Planning for mass production is started.

April 2012
Larger production space is established in Denkendorf near Stuttgart.

Juni 2012
An exclusive report on riding with Pinion in the international online magazine Pinkbike.com becomes one of the most-clicked bike articles of the year.

July 2012
The first production P1.18 transmissions are delivered to bicycle manufacturers. New interested bicycle manufacturers receive the first sample production transmissions for development of their own models.

June 2013
Bicycle manufacturers are now installing the P1.18 transmission in production models.

Early 2014 
Pinion is growing! The company now has 16 permanent employees – with more to come.

Eurobike 2014 
In addition to the P1.18 Pinion exhibits three more transmission models. P1.12, P1.9XR and P1.9CR. They cover a range of different applications.

October 2014
World record altitude reached in Chile. Extreme rider Guido Kunze reaches the summit of the highest volcano on the planet with a fatbike and the P1.18 transmission. The Pinion transmission was at home in the most extreme conditions up to 6000m in altitude.