Freestyle The History
Freestyle was born way back in 1991 as Wadhurst Country Services when Colin Port decided to start selling garden machinery along side his existing agricultural/farm machinery business. This started with 2 chainsaws on a shelf at the now Mark Cross branch.
The garden machinery business grew steadily over the years, Sue Pullen started as a part time book keeper and soon took over the running of the garden machinery while Colin concentrated on Port Agric.
Following a couple of dry summers in the South East of the UK, garden machinery sales struggled. A decision was made to start selling leisure items such as quads and off road motorcycles. Freestyle became the trading name for this side of the business.
This started a relationship with Sherco, soon after a deal was done for a Husqvarna franchise.
Freestyle started sponsorship of riders around the same time the first being Stephen Foord who went on to be a Redbull Athlete.
2007 saw BMW acquire Husqvarna, road bikes appeared in the Husqvarna range for the first time and Freestyle started down a new route.
In 2008 disaster struck at Mark Cross when fire destroyed the premises, a decision was made to rebuild and so the showroom we have today came into existence.
In 2011 Colin suffered a heart attack and decided to step back from Port Agric, he joined Sue in the day to day running of Freestyle Bikes.
Husqvarna became part of the KTM group in late 2013.
The BMW/Husqvarna road bike project got Freestyle thinking and plans to expand and add road motorcycles were firmly put in place.
In 2014 a second store was opened in Newtown, Wales. This store would be run by husband and wife team Wyn and Tracy. Wyn already a Freestyle rider was a logical choice to take on the branch.
Yamaha Offroad arrived at Frestyle Bikes in 2015.
2016 and Freestyle decides to import their skills of great customer service for the off-rider into the road market. Taking on a flagship store in Chichester, West Sussex. So a new relationship with Yamaha Road is born along with a new customer base.
Every Freestyle store now has an in-store Coffee Shop, making them the ideal ride out destination.
For 2019 we see the launch of a new eCommerce website and MOT bays in every store.
The future, well we hope to see more stores around the UK.