British bike brand Planet X looks likely to go into administration

A mountain bike at the top of a scenic hill
The On-One Wrekker Titanium (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Planet X bikes seem to have gone into administration after a High Court notice of an intention to an appoint administrator was filed on 1st June.

Our sister site, Cycling Weekly, has also reported that a First Gazette Notice was published on 6th June on the Companies House website. It reads that within two months unless "cause is shown to the contrary", Planet X will be "struck off the register and dissolved" which would permanently force it to cease trading.

Founded in 1998 by Dave Loughran, the Rotherham, South Yorkshire, based brand has been behind a slew of bikes of all kinds that have massively outperformed their price tags, not least the MTB hardtails and gravel bikes produced under the On-One moniker. We gave the steel framed Rujo gravel bike 5 stars in our review late last year, while the Wrekker Titanium MTB received 4.5 stars earlier in 2022.

A gravel bike on a forest trail

The 5-star On-One Rujo gravel bargain (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

In addition to On-One, Planet X also includes the brands Titus, Holdsworth and Carnac and have been responsible for all manner of bike gear as well as complete bikes over the years.

The brand became an Employee Owned Trust (EOT) after its 50 employees bought out the company from its founders in 2020.

If the notice of administration becomes a reality, then the loss of Planet X will be a big blow to cyclists across the UK and around the world after 35 years of producing some truly excellent bikes. 

We've contacted Planet X for confirmation, but have yet to receive a reply. We'll update this article as we know more. 

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Rich is the editor of the team. He worked as a print journalist and editor for over 20 years, before transitioning to purely digital media in 2021. Rich bought his first mountain bike (a rigid Scott Tampico) in 1995 and has been riding MTB for almost 30 years. He likes hitting flowy yet technical trails and is a jack of many MTB trades, competing in cross-country, enduro and long-distance races over the years. A resident of North Devon, he can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield on Exmoor and elsewhere in Britain's southwest.

Current rides: Merida One-Forty 6000, Banshee Paradox

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg