ABBA’S S TORY

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CON­CEP­TION

In 1992 Alan Bur­dett de­signed a stand to al­low him to lift a bike us­ing its swingarm pivot point and formed Alan Bur­dett Bike Ac­ces­sories: abba. The first stand cost £125, to­day they start at un­der £100.

THE MOVE

Abba moved from their 1000sqft factory in Malden to two 2000sqft ad­ja­cent units in South Wood­ham Fer­rers, Es­sex, in 2011. The move al­lowed the firm to in­crease the pro­duc­tion and step up a gear.

GET­TING IN FRONT

A new in­no­va­tion, the frontlift arm al­lowed own­ers of the abba stand to retro-fit the unit and sus­pend the front of the bike in the air to al­low re­moval of its forks.

ABBA ON THE UP

Alan’s son Steve de­signed the Sky Lift in 2014. Ef­fec­tively an abba stand con­nected to a hy­draulic lift, the Sky Lift now equates for al­most 30% of abba’s sales, mak­ing it al­most as pop­u­lar as the stan­dard lift.

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