Simon and Gill opened the doors to the Edge Sports Shop back in 2007. It was a small shop specialising in Running, Cycling, Swimming and Triathlon products and advice. We were the first dedicated triathlon shop to open in Ireland.
We were the first shop in Cork to offer Video Running Gait analysis and the widest range of running shoe brands. Over the years, we have continued to look for innovations in the market and added new brands and models where there was a need for more choice or there was a particularly good shoe model on the market. We continue to stock Nike, Asics and Adidas, Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony and New Balane, and have the newer brands of Hoka and Altra adding a new dimension.
We added new bike brands to the Cork market, the most welcomed and successful one being Cube bikes. With every bike we offered a free bike setup and service - unheard of back then. Over the years we have made new additions to raise the bar - with the introduction of a the CRM Body Scanner - a laser body scanning system that helps to recommend the frame size required (built with the input of data from many years of detailed 3-hour bike fitting). We found this to be very helpful to give a good frame size recommendation for the customer. The old adage that everyone is different means that the bike fit itself to get the best fit for each individual would still need to be done - due to different levels of core muscle strength, flexibility and many other factors. We have continued to look for bike brands that offer unrivalled quality and a value aspect - bikes that we can honestly sell to our customers as the best on the Irish market for the price - in 2018 this mix is Cube, Orbea, Merida, Trek and Konda. We are retailers of many more extravagant brands such as Bianchi and Cervelo. Jerry O'Dwyer joined the shop as the Bike Area Manager in the summer of 2012.
When we opened, we brought in a fresh selection of goggles to the market - Aquasphere and Zoggs. These were not sold in Cork beforehand. Over the years, we have continued to add more choice - the fantastic Vorgee goggles and accessories, TYR, and Swans. We have added a huge range of swimming accessories and clothing - choice in Speedo, TYR, Funkita and Maru with the fantastic addition of a Swim Manager - Jane Jolly - from November 2016.
Over the last 11 years we have been expanding by constantly listening to our customers and watching the industry for the latest products and stocking them if they measure up. We are proud to continue to be a local business in an age that is seeing huge internet giants with no overheads, contributing nothing to the local economy, disrupting business everywhere. We recognise we are here because of our fantastic customer base and our mission is to always do our very best in an honest manner for our customers and the many local sports clubs that have supported us over the years.
In January 2011, we opened a Superstore in a highly accessible location with great car parking facilities - see a map showing the location on the Contact Us page.