What is freedom to you? Is it fresh air? Or nature? Is it making friends? Is it building bonds with family? Is it losing weight or gaining fitness? Is it escaping from stress, even for an hour or two? Is it overcoming trauma? Or is it a combination of those? Zini is a bike brand with a fresh perspective that’s been developed specifically for South Africans who want to pursue and celebrate freedom.
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There are many, many bike brands making for a highly competitive market. Introducing a new brand is only for the foolish or the bold. The fact that Zini is Omnico’s new brand means it’s the latter. Omnico is South Africa’s largest cycling wholesaler, distributing a wide range of leading brands, including Cannondale and GT bicycles, Fox suspension, Giro and Bell helmets and many more.
“Omnico has over 30 year’s experience in the cycling industry. Throughout this journey, the company has developed excellent relationships with many of the world’s top cycling industry manufacturers. When an opportunity presented itself to develop our own bike brand, we didn’t hesitate,” said Mark Nel, Omnico National Marketing Manager.
“While exceptional value is a feature throughout the Zini range, we have placed emphasis on ensuring each bike is specced with category-appropriate, reliable and efficient components. The brand has been in development for two years which has enabled us to be thorough and mindful of the South African consumer’s preferences and challenges.
The first models of the mountain bike range to land in South Africa are the 20-inch wheel size model, the Gen-Z (currently on shop floors) followed later in March 2022 by three 29-inch wheel size models, Sport, Comp and Elite.
The Zini mountain bikes all come standard with a 6061 alloy frame that’s lightweight and durable. The Zini Gen-Z features Kids-tuned Geometry to deliver optimal control and maximum fun, while the Z29 models come in four different sizes – S, M, L and XL to ensure the ideal fit for the majority of men and women. Most of the models have single-chainring drivetrains for simplified shifting, but with sufficient range to scale steep or long climbs.
Shimano is the dominant component brand with some models featuring LTwoo drivetrains. LTwoo is a relatively newcomer to South Africa, but firmly established and widely used abroad. All the 29ers have Shimano hydraulic disc brakes to ensure predictable, reliable braking action, while that alloy Z-Tech wheelsets are durable.
“The Zini bikes are available from leading Omnico dealers nationwide. We are excited that the Zini bikes will be on mountain bike trails around South Africa soon. It’s the start of what we anticipate will become a new favourite South African bike brand,” said Nel.
Highlights: 6061 Alloy frame, Zini suspension fork, Alloy rims, Shimano 1×7 derailleur and LTWoo shifter, Mechanical disc brakes/V-Brakes, QR seatpost clamp.
Price: R3600 (V-Brake); R4200 (Disc-Brake)
Highlights: 6061 Alloy frame with smooth welds, tapered headtube, internal cable routing and replaceable dropout; 100mm-travel air fork with lock-out; Z-Tech alloy wheelset with Jumping Hare tyres; LTwoo 2×9 drivetrain; Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes; QR seatpost clamp
Highlights: 6061 Alloy frame with smooth welds, tapered headtube, internal cable routing and replaceable dropout; 100mm-travel air fork with lock-out and magnesium lowers; Z-Tech alloy wheelset with Kenda Honeybadger tyres; Shimano 1×11 drivetrain; Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes; QR seatpost clamp.
Highlights: 6061 Alloy frame with smooth welds, tapered headtube, internal cable routing and replaceable dropout; 100mm-travel air fork with lock-out and magnesium lowers; Z-Tech alloy wheelset with Kenda Honeybadger tyres; Shimano 1×12 drivetrain; Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes; QR seatpost clamp.
Note: Prices may be subject to change
For more information on Zini bikes, click here.
Paid partnership with Zini