Originally established in 1998, GripSport started out as a boutique Specialist Engineering Company working exclusively in the bicycle industry. Despite operating out of a 36 square metre backyard workshop, the tiny company quickly earned itself an enviable reputation for both its product designs and, what was then, an exciting new approach to bicycle frame repairs and modification.
Today, after 20+ years of problem solving and product refinement, GripSport has steadily grown and now occupies three factories side-by-side in Melbourne’s North. It no longer does the bicycle frame repair, modification or restoration work, it no longer does design and prototyping work for other companies, in fact it no longer opens its doors to “outside” work at all. The company has very clearly defined its purpose and direction and now focuses exclusively on the innovative designing and clever manufacturing of its own products… in particular, its range of bike racks for cars, caravans, SUVs, trailers and 4WDs.
In 2015, GripSport began developing and testing the first ever bike rack carrier system designed specifically for caravans and camper trailers etc. Today, the “Van-Rack” is very much the industry standard and is being fitted and/or recommended by many of Australia’s top caravan/camper manufacturers. These racks are also being distributed nationwide via a GripSport dealer network numbering 50+.
In 2018, Gripsport began its push to export its products overseas. Distribution and marketing has since been setup across the ditch in New Zealand and the brand has been gaining recognition and respect there ever since.
Every Gripsport product starts life as either a way to fill a customer need, to fill a hole in the market, or to fix a problem found with other products already out there on the market. GripSport bike racks are renowned for their clever designs, ease of use and robust construction and they seem to be loved by everybody who uses them, from mountain bikers to roadies as well as caravaners and off-road 4WD adventurers.