Originally established in 1998 in a 36 square metre backyard workshop, GripSport started as a boutique Specialist Engineering Company working exclusively in the bicycle industry and 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 what could only be described as “extreme problem solving”, GripSport has steadily grown and now occupies two neighbouring factories (with a third on the way) in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. 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+.
2018 saw GripSport’s first push to export its all-Australian products. Distribution and marketing has been setup across the ditch in New Zealand and the brand has been gaining recognition and respect ever since.
Every GripSport product started life as either a way to fill a customer need, a way to fill a hole in the market, or a way 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.