FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is Univega USA?
It is a fascinating story of two great families with a rich heritage in the bicycle business. The Univega brand was started in 1970 by Ben Lawee, who owned several highly successful bike shops in California. He was dissatisfied with the bikes his suppliers were offering and decided to start designing his own bikes that would meet his high standards. Other bike shops outside of California started buying from him and his business in the USA (and Internationally) grew rapidly thru the 1980’s and 1990’s. Ben retired in 1996 and sold the rights for the brand to a European bicycle company. Fast forward to 2018. The Kamler family, with over 100 years of experience in the bicycle business reached out to one of Ben’s family members and shared their vision for bringing back Univega. The Kamler’s had built a state-of-the-art bicycle factory in South Carolina in 2014 and were ready to produce bikes that would meet Ben Lawee’s standards. Ben’s family saw the plans and were excited to see the legacy of Univega would be in good hands. They felt Ben would be proud the brand will live on with bicycles that are Assembled in the USA and once again become a leader in high quality bicycles at affordable prices. Univega USA was born.