Our Man in France


Compass components have found fans all over the world. We are shipping them as far as Brazil, South Africa and Singapore. Unfortunately, international shipping is expensive. And we really want to see our products in bike shops. So we are working with distributors to make our products more widely available.

Many of our customers live in Europe. We are excited to work with Jean-Philippe Ferreira (JP). His company, 2-11 Cycles, distributes Compass products to bike shops and also sells them directly to customers. And since France is part of the Euro zone, it’s easy to mail Compass products all over Europe.

When asked about the name, JP explained that it should be read: “To 11 Cycles”. In a reference to the movie Spinal Tap. With his company, he wants to distribute products that “take it to 11”.


2-11 Cycles had a stand at the Concours de Machines technical trials this summer. For now, 2-11 Cycles sells Compass tires, select components like handlebars, Bicycle Quarterly back issues, and the French edition of our René Herse book.


French builders have been embracing Compass components. No fewer than 9 out of 17 bikes competing in the technical trials were on Compass tires!

And the best shops in France now carry Compass components. Thank you, JP: We look forward to working with you for many years to come!

To find out more, visit the 2-11 Cycles web site or check them out on Facebook as “2-11 Cycles”.

We also are working to appoint other distributors in Europe. Many bike shops already order from Compass directly and carry our products. We appreciate that cyclists all over the world are excited about our components!

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Compass Cycles, that turns our research into high-performance components for real-world riders.
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10 Responses to Our Man in France

  1. I got my Rat Trap Pass and Randonneur bars from him, it took less than a week to ship the products from France to Spain, truly great service.

  2. SteveP says:

    That’s good news. As a BQ fan who lives in the UK, I keep costs down by using my US address and collecting issues when I return, but of course that’s a bit clumsy. And as a former specialty magazine editor, I understand how prohibitive foreign postage costs can be. So having a more-local source for BQ back issue is great, although four mags are still over €9 delivered to the UK

    • marmotte27 says:

      You can order BQ from German company Fahrradbuch.de. You can have them sent pretty cheaply as a book shipment.

  3. Stephen Bamford says:

    Congratulations on the expansion of your products world-wide and here in the States.

  4. B. Carfree says:

    That’s really excellent news. I’ve promised myself that I will eventually spend a year or two in Europe, so it’s nice to know I won’t have to bring a supply of replacement tires and such.

  5. Nelson says:

    Would be nice to have the tires here at Brazil.

    If you want contact some distributors:




  6. C’est une très bonne nouvelle !

  7. Frank says:

    I commented a few weeks ago about this very issue. A distributor within the EU is much appreciated. Thanks!

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