Since the early 90’s, the Folmer family has been interested in building and improving different items made from wood and steel. At age 12 the founder of Hawk Racing, Sven Folmer, was taught by his father how to weld. By the age of 16, a little CNC machine joined his collection of workshop products and on a small scale Folmer Technology was born.
In the early years of the business, the former pro triathlete welded his first bicycle frame and started racing on it. With limited funds, he researched and developed products for the triathlon industry while furthering his education with private pilot and sky diving certifications, which expanded his knowledge base to include aerodynamics. Throughout this period he was constantly challenging himself to be a faster biker.
Folmer Technology bearing were created from real life based research and set about to perfect products on the market he believed needed improvement such as overpriced ceramic bearings. Sven has since sold the business and is pursuing his love of product development part-time and embarking on career as a pilot.
Today, Hawk Racing and HR Sportswear, it’s custom clothing division, are owned and run by Eric and Cindy Parlin. Together they bring 20+ years of business and manufacturing experience to the table and a strong desire to continue moving Hawk Racing forward as the premiere provider of bottom brackets, derailleur pulleys, and wheelsets. Sven Folmer will continue providing technical expertise and troubleshooting behind the scenes.
As part of this management transition, manufacturing, and warehousing operations have relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana. The more centralized location will allow for more rapid service to most of our customer base.
Folmer technology still stands for affordable quality products for all those interested in biking at any level. You will not find fancy words or hype to try and influence customers on the quality of our products, because the outstanding performance of our entire product line speaks for itself. All products have been tested at the elite level by athletes and only products that have passed our high-quality standards are promoted and sold. We now have authorized dealers in 17 countries, and a dealer network nearing 1,000 authorized dealers.
We believe that if you experience our products firsthand you will see for yourself that they outperform other products on the market.
Our team here at Hawk Racing is growing as we forge into the future. Our goals include continuing to provide top of the line products and customer service, developing more innovative and high quality products for our portfolio, and producing more of our existing products in the USA.
Enjoy the ride!