Most of the European bike industry has a mighty struggle on its hands: Creating idealized visions of products while remaining blind to how they’re being made.
“Design, market, sell.” Usually, this is the holy trinity of European bike brands. “Make” is almost never part of the equation. And this is why Kolofogo is different. Our purpose is to make the best trailers in the world, manufacturing them right here in Czech Republic.
It’s a world of two solitudes. A 9-hour time difference often separates the “brand” from the actual manufacturing. Complications are born from formidable language barriers. Production labor may be paid and treated in ways that were banned here in the 19th century. And holding it all together is a hyper-distributed supply chain encompassing multiple factories, across multiple countries, with bikes or trailers shunting from step to step in a system made for passing the buck.
We see it different. We started our company because of our conviction that we could make superior trailers of superior quality only if we controlled all the pieces – from brand, to design, to raw materials selection, to manufacturing, paint and assembly. It’s a philosophy we sum up in two words: MADE HERE.
The cardinal truth of manufacturing – not just of trailers, but of anything relying on human labor – is that it requires constant vigilance and steady oversight.
But that’s not about minimizing human error, just the opposite. Vigilance and oversight are so crucial because CAD-generated design isn’t reality. Because sometimes the standard operating procedures are wrong. Ultimately the brains of the people doing the production are the repository of our technical knowledge, and the greatest source of potential for future improvement.
The overall quality of your trailer boils down to the making of it.
How your trailer is made matters. And as you consider buying it, we want you to see and feel the Kolofogo difference.