iXS is part of the internationally active hostettler Group. It all began in 1906, more than 100 year ago, when in the Swiss canton of Lucerne, a family owned repair shop for bicycles and motorcycles was opened that was to become today's diversified Hostettler Group. The foundations for today’s activities were laid with the formation of Hostettler AG in 1957. In the meantime the company has developed into a diverse company with over a dozen innovative subsidiaries and more than 500 employees. In 2001 iXS the sports division (bike) was launched, signalling a new era of mountain bike apparel and protective gear development, built on a century-long passion for all things two-wheeled.