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FMB: Ultra Hi-End Tyres Made in France

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He is doing what every tyre maker in the world is dreaming about; winning the big races! Three years in a row Paris-Roubaix was won on his tyres; twice with Tom Boonen and again this year with Fabian Cancellara. Professional cyclists swear by his tubes as they provide more comfort and performance. Franois Marie is making them in a small workshop in France together with three employees. The name of his company is FMB which stands for Franois Marie Boyaux.

He is doing what every tyre maker in the world is dreaming about; winning the big races! Three years in a row Paris-Roubaix was won on his tyres; twice with Tom Boonen and again this year with Fabian Cancellara. Professional cyclists swear by his tubes as they provide more comfort and performance. François Marie is making them in a small workshop in France together with three employees. The name of his company is FMB which stands for François Marie Boyaux.

This year François Marie is providing more professional teams with his tyres than ever before. Probably they will not be recognized at the 2010 main events like the Tour de France as his tubes will bear names like Specialized. However, they are really from FMB. Currently, FMB is the only tube manufacturer in France since the excellent Dugast tyres emigrated a few years ago to the Netherlands. FMB is based in Plurien; a peaceful village at the Cotes d’Armor, near the sea. François Marie started making tubes here end of 2005. And his small company is getting better and bigger. Gone are the days of small orders with only some dozens per month to make.

Today, François Marie delivered a whopping 500 tubulars just for the last Paris-Roubaix to various teams. Monthly production stands now at 200 units. “Although production is increasing day by day; all still remain to be handmade. Quality must remain impeccable. We now have three employees; ideal would be to expand to four or five in the months to come. As we approach the season, orders may still inflating,” says François Marie.

Most of his monthly produced 200 tubes are for road race use (60%); 35% for cyclo-cross and 5% for track use. They are handcrafted from French cotton and glue; only the inner tube is of Asian origin. 70% of the production is exported. The US, Great Britain, Belgium, Japan, Sweden and Australia are the main buyers. FMB’s 2010 range includes models like the BKW Road Competition CX that retails from € 79.90 for 240 g PP cotton. Other models in silk from € 109. Width is 22.5 mm.

 

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