Stanton Bikes Statement Re Administration

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It’s being reported that Stanton Bikes has called in the administrators.

As a brand with a committed fanbase, this will no doubt be a source of sadness among many, although the past few years have clearly been difficult for the Peak District company – as it has been for many in the bike industry. The current economic downturn only places further pressure on businesses, especially smaller and independent enterprises.

Efforts to bring the building of bikes into the UK combined with supply chain issues saw customers waiting for long periods for bikes. However, it appeared that these difficulties had been overcome and Stanton had announced they were ‘back on track’.

Dan had big ambitions for the company, hoping to bring manufacturing back to the UK, eliminating advance orders, model years and end of season sales. Instead he hoped to bring greater sustainability and efficiency to building bikes, by building them to order and in small batches to meet customer requirements. Less waste, fewer unsold bikes at the end of a year, and much less world wide freight. Anyone that appreciates independent thinking and an effort to do good things will be saddened by this news.

Update, Thu 17 November:

Dan has just issued the following statement on the Stanton Instagram account:

Dear friends,

11 years ago Stanton Bikes became a business built on the popularity of the first frame I ever made. It wouldn’t have happened without the faith and support shown by others in what I do, people who love the culture of MTB as much as I do. I appreciate it now as much as I did when I first started.

So, now I find myself in the heartbreaking situation of seeing the business I built falling into administration, I want to be as open as I can with everyone.

Like many businesses that want to grow, particularly in manufacturing, we rely on financial backing. The last 2 years have obviously been extremely difficult to navigate and the exposure to severely unpredictable market forces has tested everyone to the limit. We find ourselves in a situation where our backers are looking to minimise their portfolio exposure. Meaning that we need to look for a new source of investment and that’s the task that the administrators have been brought in to achieve.

As things stand, Stanton Bikes Ltd is now under the control of the administrators. It is operating as a business but is in the hands of the administrator not mine. The main thing me and the staff here care about is making sure the handful of customers who have frames boxed up and ready to go get their frame as fast as possible, and the 8 customers waiting on bikes get their new trail weapons shipped too. Goodwill and trust are hard earned and it would be the worst outcome for me and the staff to see that damaged.

What’s slowing that down is the shifting of the business from our ownership to the administrators’ ownership. The switching of accounts and contracts with suppliers and shippers is taking a deal of time to sort out and put the necessary things in place to keep business as usual.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with messages of support, it keeps us going and lets us know that you’re there for us whatever the outcome. What binds me, the staff here, our customers, and the wider MTB community together is our love and passion for the scene. These ‘key metrics’ might not show on a balance sheet but sometimes it’s the things you can’t count that count the most.

Keep the faith,
Dan Stanton

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  • Stanton Bikes Statement Re Administration
  • thegeneralist
    Full Member

    Why is the original thread being closed and replaced by this one?

    Seems a bit odd

    cy
    Full Member

    Absolutely gutted for them. Really hope they can find a way through this.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Why is the original thread being closed and replaced by this one?

    News stories get their own thread now. Duplicates closed ASAP, even if they are older, to try and keep everything in one place.

    mashr
    Full Member

    thegeneralist
    Full Member
    Why is the original thread being closed and replaced by this one?

    Its annoying but they do it when there is an article that results in the duplicate thread. Would be better if they could merge the two

    Paul-B
    Full Member

    This is terrible news 🙁

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Sad, this 🙁 Never had one of their bikes but they were always on the list and Dan seems a good egg. Really liked what they did with the full suss

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Why is the original thread being closed and replaced by this one?

    Seems a bit odd

    We were discussing the OP’s specific situation on the other thread.

    Do you read them before you click the “Close” button STW?

    hatter
    Full Member

    As I said on the other thread, terrible news, some really nice guys working there, hope they find new roles soon if he brand really does dissapear.

    ahsat
    Full Member

    Real shame!  I was one of the people that did suffer from some quite major delays in 2021 (but looking back now those issues were much bigger than Stanton), but I felt I really got to know some of the people that worked there as a result.  Regardless, I am super happy with my Sherpa – great bike.

    Surprising that it appears you can still order bikes (and not just in stock sale frames) on the website, at the moment.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    It’s a shame… both Stanton and Cotic are a little on the aspirational side of things for me, they look epic, seem epic.

    I saw a Cotic at a race the other week, full suss jobbie… just looked EPIC

    the Slackline, i could buy one all day….

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Ah, that sucks. Perfect storm for them i guess, COVID messing up supply chain, Brexit totaling their exports, and UK approaching recesison as they try to bring in manufacturing and move upmarket.

    bentudder
    Full Member

    Oh no. Their frames are on my ‘would buy’ list for the next time I needed a hardtail. Really well thought out.
    I looks like (from the article at least) the administration is the result of a petition by a single creditor, FWIW.

    si77
    Full Member

    Surprising that it appears you can still order bikes (and not just in stock sale frames) on the website, at the moment.

    If an Administrator is doing their job correctly they will keep the business trading for as long as possible to enable a buyer to be found, so that the creditors get (at least a proportion of) their money back.

    ahsat
    Full Member

    Ah ok. That’s useful to know.

    monkeyboyjc
    Full Member

    This is very sad – love the brand and what they were doing.

    bjhedley
    Full Member

    Really sad news. I love my Sherpa, and always found them a really helpful company to deal with. I ordered a bike through the middle of the pandemic. yes it took a while to arrive, but it was getting hold of rockshox/shimano that took the time, hardly their fault. When it did arrive, they decided the frame wasn’t up to their usual standards and sent me another one.

    I really hope they can find a solution to keep trading. We need brands like this and I wish them all the best.

    jeffl
    Full Member

    Totally gutted for them. Only live a 20 minute drive away and have always lusted after an original Sherpa 853 in metallic green. Unfortunately always above my budget.

    As someone said a perfect storm of COVID, Brexit, increasing inflation and bringing production into the UK.

    Did notice the other week/day they seemed to have a bit of a fire sale on, and started to think the worse.

    My only concern is that it’s the start of a trend for other small businesses. Desperately hope I’m wrong ☹️

    brokenbanjo
    Full Member

    I’d ordered a UK made Slackline. Now in the lap of the Administrators as to whether it comes or not. From their point of view, why would it? I’ve already paid and they potentially have a built bike that they could sell and get the same again in.

    nickc
    Full Member

    Can’t be great news with 11 employees. I hope they sort something out.

    pmurden
    Full Member

    Well that’s just shit!

    jameso
    Full Member

    Genuinely the worst news I’ve heard in the industry for a long time. I’ve a lot of respect and admiration for what Dan has achieved and is doing in the UK, really hope it continues in some form on the other side of this.

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    I’d ordered a UK made Slackline. Now in the lap of the Administrators as to whether it comes or not. From their point of view, why would it? I’ve already paid and they potentially have a built bike that they could sell and get the same again in.

    credit card?

    mrmoofo
    Full Member

    It is a shame they are still (appearing) to let people place orders

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    From their point of view, why would it? I’ve already paid and they potentially have a built bike that they could sell and get the same again in.

    Arguably they’re trying to keep the business going and there are a lot of ways you can scupper that, not fulfilling paid for orders is a very good start to trashing the brand.

    That said, you’ve started a charge back I think? That might be a good reason not to.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Arguably they’re trying to keep the business going and there are a lot of ways you can scupper that, not fulfilling paid for orders is a very good start to trashing the brand.

    Nobody would argue with that.

    But administration brings legal responsibilities which might compel the administrators not to send bikes that have been paid for.

    Shame the other thread was closed as it had more info.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    But administration brings legal responsibilities which might compel the administrators not to send bikes that have been paid for.

    I think their legal obligation is to maximize the value of what’s left? I’m not an accountant. It may be better though for them to give customers the bikes they paid for, than to have to add those ‘debts’ to the pile and have to sell the bikes at a knock down price.

    i.e. they currently owe you £1000, they can either give you a bike and you go away, or they can not give you a bike, the debt stays £1000 higher, and they’ve got to put the bike on ebay where it will make half that (and then they have to pay staff to manage all that).

    Speeder
    Full Member

    Loved the Ti Switch FS they showed at the Malverns last year, seemed to be a brand really going places> Such a shame the wheels have fallen off. Hope they can find a way to keep going. If I’d won the lottery it’d now be on my list of businesses to get involved with.

    Best of luck Dan and team.

    pickle
    Free Member

    Gutted for the guys! Such a great bunch to deal with. Had a few frames and still have two. Awesome machines and really hope they come through

    dander
    Full Member

    Damn shame. Lovely bikes – still riding my mk1 Sherpa.

    Scienceofficer
    Free Member

    Thats damn sucky.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    I think their legal obligation is to maximize the value of what’s left? I’m not an accountant. It may be better though for them to give customers the bikes they paid for, than to have to add those ‘debts’ to the pile and have to sell the bikes at a knock down price.

    I’m not an accountant either, but I believe there is a hierarchy of creditors.

    And the punters who actually buy the products are usually at the bottom.

    Fingers crossed for brokenbanjo and any other customers.

    bentudder
    Full Member

    Shame the other thread was closed as it had more info.

    It’s still up – so that info is not lost:

    Stanton Bikes go in to administration

    gothandy
    Full Member

    Looks like they are still trading while they try and find a buyer.

    https://www.business-live.co.uk/retail-consumer/administrators-called-derbyshire-mountain-bike-25528901

    convert
    Full Member

    I’m not an accountant either, but I believe there is a hierarchy of creditors.

    And the punters who actually buy the products are usually at the bottom.

    Another non-accountant too, but this was also my understanding. It feels like it borders on criminal that a customer could have paid for a product but because it has not yet been despatched to said customer the administrators could sell them to another customer instead to maximise value.

    Hopefully as they are still trading this won’t be the case for Stanton customers.

    Gutted for the employees and owners – good people, making good things; does not seem fair.

    cloggy
    Full Member

    I did wonder how strong their finances were when they couldn’t get 853 Taiwanese frames and Cotic could. Perhaps if they’d stuck to just importing from Taiwan? But hindsight’s a wonderful thing. Really hope someone steps in.

    comet
    Full Member

    This is sad news, but like others have said, as a subscriber to their newsletter, they did seem to be continuously trying to shift frames.

    I can see they are still selling frames through their website, but the component section of the store is down. Hopefully they can trade and get some cash into the business. I’ll try to get a spare set of 148×12 Swapouts to future-proof my Slackline.

    chevychase
    Free Member

    Sad times 🙁

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    Just spotted that Dan himself posted on our Facebook page, thought you’d like to see that your support has been appreciated:

    ‘We’ll get a more detailed explanation on what’s happened and what we’re looking to do out in circulation later today.

    Big love to all for the support, I’m totally blown away by all the love ❤️‘

    We were discussing the OP’s specific situation on the other thread.

    Do you read them before you click the “Close” button STW?

    The moderation on here is a bit poo lately tbh, threads just get closed with no explanation

    Northwind
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    Don’t think it needs much explanation? It’s a side effect of how they upgraded the news stories to also be threads- mostly good, since it means you don’t have the old daftness of “here is fresh goods friday with a couple of comments” and “over here is the thread with the link to fresh goods friday and the actual discussion”, but it does mean that if there’s going to be a news story on something it also has to be the thread.

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