About Janez Puh
- Gepubliceerd: zondag 10 april 2016 10:45
- Geschreven door René
This is the story about a man called Janez Puh.
On june 27 1862, Johann Puch was born Janez Puh, in Sakušak in Untersteiermark(today Slovenian territory). At age 8, he left his house and became assistant to a mill-owner. At age 12 until after his military duty until 21, he worked as a locksmith. Lateron, in 1885, he became fascinated with bicycles.
In 1889 he started his own bicycle factory in Graz, Austria. In 1898 he produced his first own-developed Puch engine; a two-cilinder type. Johann Puch died 19-07-1914, during a conversation with some business friends. But the company he left was one of the best and deserves a place amongst names like Daimler, Benz, Norton, Renault, Lancia or Ford. The name Puch was here to stay forever!
Of course, Puch was a leader in innovation and new technologies. They designed revolutionary bicycles, like the all-integrated daily bike (above), or the world's first carbon-frame bike in 1978 (below). But, as you know, Puch build more than bicycles.... much more!!
As of the new millennium, the brandname Puch is used for generic models from the Cycleurope company and rebadged for local markets. Only for the Austrian market specific models are build as tribute. They are of good quality and keep Puch on the road, even with the name Maxi (below).