PINION - MADE IN GERMANY

Our guiding principle has always been to question the status quo and to strike out in new directions. It therefore pleases us even more that over 100 bicycle manufacturers opt for the Pinion drive technology and explore new horizons with us. The result: Top-class Pinion bikes that buck the trend. Irrespective of whether the bikes have a motor or not.

The idea behind the Pinion central gearbox was born in the gearbox development centre of Porsche in Weissach. As budding engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts, we were driven by the idea to develop a bicycle transmission that was as intuitive to use as a sports car, with the same high precision and low wear. 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 gearbox ready for series production crossed the Himalayas. Derived from the first gearbox, the P1.18, we developed further P-Line gearbox types, which differ greatly in terms of their characteristics and are perfectly tailored to touring and trekking, as well as for use in mountain bikes, urban bikes and e-bikes.

With the second product line, the C-Line, in 2017 we succeeded in offering our high-end gearbox technology also in upper middle-class bicycles. The unique Pinion riding sensation can now be experienced by every passionate cyclist. Living up to the claim of continuous development, we also have a strong focus on the further development of components. Simplicity, durability and reliability are attributes that should also apply to the components we manufacture.

Find out more about our drive, our passion and our news!

Your Pinion Team.



Michael Schmitz
Founder & Managing Direktor Pinion GmbH

Christoph Lermen
Founder & Managing Direktor Pinion GmbH

PINION-BIKES HAVE BEEN AWARDED AS THE BEST IN CLASS

Deutscher Gründerpreis 2017

Top-3 companies Category „Aufsteiger“

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Innovationspreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg 2016

Dr.-Rudolf-Eberle-Preis 2. Rank

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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
Deutscher Gründerpreis 2017

Top-3 companies Category „Aufsteiger“

MORE
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
Deutscher Gründerpreis 2017

Top-3 companies Category „Aufsteiger“

MORE
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 get to know each other at the Porsche Development Center for engines and transmissions. The idea for a “bicycle gearshift with the heart of a sports car” is born.

2006-2007
Various transmission concepts are developed, rejected, revised.

October 2007
The first patent pending is filed. Lermen and Schmitz decide to develop a gearbox to series production standard.

November 2008
Test ride of the first gearbox prototype, which was still built with three intermediate shafts. Foundation of the Pinion GmbH.

December 2009
Commissioning of a self-developed transmission test rig. The first employee is hired.

July 2010
The extreme biker Felix Fröhlich crosses the Himalayas with a Pinion gearbox prototype. The transmission works perfectly.

September 2010
At Eurobike Show, a further developed prototype of the Pinion central gearbox with the designation P1 will be presented to the public for the first time.

2010/2011
The first bicycle manufacturers start frame development for the gearbox, which now bears the official name P1.18.

September 2011
Pinion receives the prestigious BIKE-Milestone Award for the best bicycle component.

November 2011
A final revision brings the P1.18 gearbox from pre-series to series standard. The series production is started.

April 2012
Larger production areas are moved into in Denkendorf near Stuttgart. The starting signal is given for series production of the gearboxes.


June 2012

An exclusive Pinion review by the international online magazine Pinkbike.com becomes one of the most clicked bike articles of the year.

2013
In the meantime, 30 bicycle manufacturers are now installing the P1.18 gearbox as standard.

September 2014
P1.18 will be joined by three further transmission variants: P1.12, P1.9CR, P1.9XR, which are perfectly matched to specific applications.

October 2014
World altitude record for Pinion! Extreme athlete Guido Kunze conquers the highest volcano on earth in Chile with a fat bike and P1.18 gearbox. The transmission masters extreme conditions up to 6,000m altitude.

2015
Around 50 well-known bicycle manufacturers now rely on Pinion drive technology.

September 2016
Pinion introduces the second product line of transmissions, the C line. Pinion high-end gearbox technology is now also available in high-quality mid-range bikes.

November 2016
For its innovative strength, Pinion is awarded the Innovation Prize of the state of Baden-Württemberg and achieves 2nd place.

January 2017
Pinion North America is the sales and service partner for the North American market.

October 2017
Pinion is awarded the “German Founder Award Top 3 Companies, category “up-and-coming”.

2018
Pinion drive technology is available in bikes from over 100 international manufacturers.

October 2018
Thomas Raith is the third managing director to join the existing founder and managing director duo Michael Schmitz and Christoph Lermen.

2019
The Pinion e-bike MTB Cycletech Code wins the “German Design Gold Award”.

2020
35 employees work at the Denkendorf site.