Specialized leases space in Boulder for ‘innovation center’

BOULDER — California-based Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has leased 14,400-square-feet of industrial space in Boulder where it will build out its newly conceived Specialized Innovation Center.

The bicycle manufacturer leased the space at 5600 Airport Blvd. in the LakeCentre business park to expand operations of its wholly owned subsidiary Retül, a 3-D data capture and bicycle-fitting company that was based in Boulder when it was acquired by Specialized in 2012. Retül had moved its headquarters in 2011 to a 5,000-square-foot space at 5445 Conestoga Court in Boulder.

Scott Stroot, Specialized Bicycle Components’ business and marketing manager, said 18 Retül employees will move to the new space, and six others in the area who currently work remotely will now have office space. There will be room to expand operations that will require more workers. “We will be adding about 10 new jobs in the next 18 months,” Stroot said.” The move is expected to take place in June or July.

Stroot said the Specialized Innovation Center eventually will include more than just Retül employees, who use high-tech equipment to fit riders to bicycles. Stroot said the center will add performance-testing equipment to the mix, and the added space will be used to research and develop technologies that can be integrated into the cycling industry.