Artikel der Marke PIVOT WORKS
I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was a kid, so I know first-hand the enthusiasm which drives the dirt bike and ATV enthusiasts. It’s that feeling of freedom and fear, excitement and anticipation. It’s an adrenaline rush that keeps you returning. But to experience those sensations you need a machine that’s ready to tackle the tracks and trails. That was the impetus for C&L Companies — a desire to keep my bike ready for the next ride. Today, the company Evelina and I started in 1993 is supplying riders worldwide with high-quality parts so they can enjoy the thrill of riding.
I’ve learned some very valuable lessons throughout my years of riding dirt bikes that has helped C&L Companies prosper. One of those was always focusing on what’s ahead. Since its inception, C&L has been steadily evolving into a one-stop repair and performance company for the dirt bike and ATV enthusiast.
The materials in this binder will give you a clearer understanding of the company’s values, philosophy, products, distribution model and history and how these components are working together to help us reach that destination and maintain our leadership position in the industry.
Enjoy the ride!
C&L Companies CEO
Rather than marketing products under the C&L name, the company made a strategic decision to market products under individual company or brand names.
Hot Rods has been making the best aftermarket crankshafts and connecting rods for over a decade. Customers have come to recognize that there is no substitute for the quality of Hot Rods products.
The industry’s first fast, easy and complete solution to bearing and chassis maintenance for dirt bikes and ATVs. Each Pivot Works’ kit contains all the necessary components (bearings, seals, pins, spacers, collars, thrust washers and thrust bearings) needed to rebuild each part of the suspension system and chassis. In 2012 Pivot Works established a Lifetime Replacement program on all of its products. Another industry first!
The leader in innovation, design and development of aftermarket dirt bike and ATV high-performance cam shafts, Hot Cams’ slogan — “unleash the power within” — says it all.
An alternative to OEM cylinders or re-plating existing cylinders, Cylinder Works offers enthusiasts quick and affordable access to a complete line of OEM quality replacement cylinders in standard and big bore sizes.
Manufactured in Italy, Vertex pistons is the premier choice of aftermarket replacement and performance pistons for dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTVs. Using both cast and forged manufacturing processes enables Vertex to supply the highest quality pistons.
Bearing Connections was started in 2012 as an economy line of replacement bearing and seal kits. Bearing Connections is the most affordable bearing and seal kits offered on the market today.
Wrench Rabbit was created to combine products across existing brands into one offering that saves the consumer and parts person time and money. Currently Wrench Rabbit uses products from Hot Rods, Hot Cams, and Vertex achieving a 7-12% savings by kitting all these items together. When this brand launched it started with only 85 applications. Within its second year it expanded to over 175 applications.
To solve the problem of worn out or corroded fuel petcocks, Fuel Star was created in 2014 as the first complete affordable after-market option for replacement ATV fuel petcocks.
The history of C&L Companies is really the history of eight distinct companies — Hot Rods, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, Cylinder Works, Vertex USA, Bearing Connections, Wrench Rabbit, and Fuel Star.
1993: Curt Leaverton and Evelina Chen create Hot Rods to manufacture and
market replacement connecting rods.
1994: Hot Rods signs its first exclusive distribution contract and moves from
the basement of Curt’s parent’s house to a 1,250 square-foot building in Grimes, IA.
1998: Hot Rods signs a master distributor agreement with Wiseco, expanding sales and distribution
throughout the United States.
1999: Hot Rods begins manufacturing complete replacement crank shafts
1999: Pivot Works begins operations as the first company to manufacture and market complete bearing and
2000: Sales of Pivot Works products grows as Parts Unlimited and Tucker Rocky become major Pivot Works
2001; Pivot Works receives the Nifty Fifty Award
2001: C&L Companies moves into a larger manufacturing and warehouse
facility in Urbandale, IA.
2001: Hot Cams begins operations as a manufacturer of aftermarket dirt bike and ATV high-performance
2004: Hot Rods ends its relationship with Wiseco and expands distribution
through a network of national and international distributors.
2004: Hot Cams begins production of complete valve shim kits.
2005: Hot Rods introduces four-stroke crankshafts.
2005: C&L Companies moves into a larger and more modern manufacturing and distribution center in
2007: Hot Rods begins to market the bolt-in stroker crankshaft.
2007: Hot Cams begins in-house production of cams .
2008: Cylinder Works was launched in 2008 to offer the market an affordable, stock replacement, and
big bore cylinder line that is OEM appearing.
2008: Pivot Works exceeds production of 500 different kits, fitting more
than 7,200 individual applications.
2009: Vertex USA was founded in 2009 as a joint venture with Vertex Italy. Vertex is a premier piston
manufacturer, founded in 1953 in Reggio Emilia,Italy. Vertex supplies pistons to many European OE
manufacturers while offering high quality aftermarket pistons.
2012: Bearing Connections was started in 2012 as an economy line of some of our Pivot Works bearing and
2013: Wrench Rabbit was created to combine products across existing brands into one offering that saves the
consumer and parts person time and money. When this brand launched it started with only 85
applications. Within its second year it expanded to over 175 applications.
2014: To solve the problem of worn out or corroded fuel petcocks, Fuel Star was created in 2014 as the first
complete affordable after-market option for replacement ATV fuel petcocks.