Jon Taylor - Founder and Design Director
Design is my passion and as the creator of Cactus Tongue my ethos is, how can I improve peoples lives through the use of good design. I believe in the Bauhaus approach of ‘function and form’, we all take pride in our bikes, displaying or storing them should be both a pleasure to use and a joy to look at in the home or at work. Committed to designing products with longevity, plastic free and keeping our carbon footprint to minimum, with the planets health close to my heart, a life long surfer and recreational cyclist, making products to better peoples lives and their environment.
Why make your products in the UK? A number of reasons. Primarily control, we can tweak designs and introduce improvements fairly easily. We have some great production partners in the UK which we have worked with to expand our range of products. Costs may be a bit more but I think people are prepared to pay for quality. During the pandemic having a UK supply chain really came into its own with very little disruption to our production and distribution.
What are your plans for world domination? We started out slowly, only selling direct to cyclists and retailers. We then struck up a very strong relationship with Windwave, one of the UK's key cycling distributors. Last year we introduced some new products to our range which has helped us grow. The team at Windwave have been great to work with and have helped us become a much stronger brand. We now have distributors in Indonesia (Spinwarriors) and in France (Alternativsport) and sell our products internationally, direct to cyclists and retailers. We're currently looking for the right distributor in the U.S. but there is no rush, we ship quite a bit of product directly to cyclists in the U.S.