About the founder
My name is Cedric Eveleigh, I’m a mechanical engineer and mountain biker, and I invented the Supre Drive.
I grew up in in the town of Chelsea, Quebec, where I learned how to mountain bike at a young age on gnarly east coast terrain. I’ve been thinking about technical problems with mountain bikes since my days as a teenager wrenching in bike shops.
After completing engineering studies, I spent some time thinking about the problem of derailleurs on mountain bikes. While taking a break during a ride, I had a light-bulb moment. I then built a benchtop prototype drivetrain which proved the idea to work. That was in March of 2019, and I’ve been developing the invention full time since then.
I’m stoked to be on this journey of improving mountain bikes for everyone.
About the company
The goal at Lal Bikes is to make the Supre Drive as affordable, durable, and high performing as possible while respecting people and the environment.
Lal Bikes will manufacture the derailleur, chain tensioner, and idler pulley in Canada (and maybe also in Europe later on). These parts will be sold to bike companies that spec the Supre Drive, and also directly to mountain bikers, etc. Lal Bikes collaborates with mountain bike companies in the development of frames equipped with the Supre Drive.
Lal Bikes is currently a one-person show, but that will change soon because I’m looking to have others join the company. I’m currently running Lal Bikes out of my parents’ basement in Chelsea, Quebec, but I’ll raise investment and move into an industrial space soon (probably in coastal BC).
Lal Bikes is named after Pierre Lallement, who is considered by some to have invented the bicycle.