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Dandy Bike Company (Czech) Produces Cheap Zigo Knock-Off


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Cheap Zigo Knockoff From Dandy (Czech)

Today a company called Dandy Bicycles in the Czech republic sent out an email to bike shops offering for sale their “Dandy Joy”. On quick examination this is clearly a cheap knock-off of the Zigo Leader Carrier Bike. From the shape of the windows, to the characteristic shape of the reflective stripe, this screams CHEAP KNOCK-OFF.

Zigo confirmed that this is a Zigo knock-off. The story is lurid and details all that is wrong in the world.  According to Zigo, in October 2010, Zigo’s distributor in the Czech Republic noticed a Zigo-knockoff at the Brno bike show and brought it to the Company’s attention. Examination of photos revealed that this was not a copy of the Zigo Leader but was ACTUALLY a Zigo Leader that had been modified for display at the show. Dandy was at that point calling it IGo and not even bothering to be ashamed of the fact that they were stealing Zigo’s product.  When confronted, at first Dandy denied that they had stolen anything, but eventually, Ivo Danacik, owner of Dandy, admitted to having gotten a Zigo Leader and plastic parts from a former Zigo distributor in Poland.

Dandy IGO KnockOff as Shown in 2010

Dandy IGO KnockOff as Shown in 2010

Mr. Danacik wrote to Zigo “Once again sorry for the inconvenience. He contacted us a new customer in Poland.
This customer gave us plastic components. Complete wheel, chassis and custom upper part of the fabric in our production. We are manufacturers of bicycle brands DANDY trying to find new trends. DANDY Our brand is very popular and well known, particularly in central Europe. Not want to violate the licensing law! We are very pleased to cooperate with your company. Surely we can find common commercial and manufacturing interests.”

Clearly the “common interest” turned out to be Dandy knocking-off Zigo.

Zigo confirms that Dandy called to the factories that produce Zigo asking for plastic parts.

To be sure, the Dandy Joy is not exactly Zigo.  It claims to be able to be used with any bike. Examination of the photographs reveals a perilously weak hitch beam region. It is unclear how the front brake coupling is to occur.  At best this is a shameless poor quality knock-off, at worst it is an accident waiting to happen.

This represents all that is wrong in the world of intellectual property piracy. It is one thing to examine a competitor’s product to understand it and better compete.  It is another thing entirely to chop up a competitors product, put some paint and fabric on it, and call it your own, as Dandy did in 2010. Even with their now Czech-manufactured product, they could not be bothered to develop their own look and feel, but rather continue to steal and use Zigo designs.

Once again a case of Buyer Beware. We would not recommend ever buying this product or ever doing business with a company like Dandy.


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