Every pro cyclist
dreams of riding down the Champs Élysées in the yellow jersey. For pro riders,
winning the Tour de France is the ultimate prize. For bicycle manufacturers and
suppliers of accessories apparel and equipment, winning a Eurobike Gold Award
is the ultimate accolade – and the highest recognition a new product can
receive in the bike industry. Today on the first day of the Eurobike trade
show, the focus is on twelve products that redefine state of the art in the
bike industry and are worthy winners of a Eurobike Gold Award. One company is
also being celebrated for its innovative concept that makes an important
contribution to recycling valuable resources and sustainability – with the
Eurobike Green Award.
Take 500 new products,
a panel of six expert judges, facilitation by the Deutscher Designer Club and
two days of intensive evaluation and discussion and what do you get? Twelve
golden stickers. At the end of the two-day judges’ panel meeting, twelve golden
stickers are affixed to the winners of this year’s Eurobike Gold Award. The
range of winning products might be wide and varied, but there is one thing that
they all have in common, “At a time when the bicycle industry is witnessing an
explosion in innovation, there are still products that stand out from the rest
of the field. These products are setting new industry benchmarks for technical
innovation and outstanding design. Only such products deserve to receive a
Eurobike Gold Award,” said Dirk Heidrich, Eurobike project manager, Messe
This year, the expert
panel of six judges chose to award the following products a Eurobike Gold
The Winora Radius is a new e-bike model aimed in particular at people who live in urban environments with reduced living space. Its Yamaha motor and compact dimensions provide a great ride, without taking up large amounts of storage space.
regarding this award “This compact e-bike is good fun. It’s a zippy little vehicle to get
around on, but requires little space to park, making it ideal for urban
dwellers. Further bonuses include clever details, such as foldable components
and a well-placed handle to carry it with.”
Pioneering mountain bike manufacturer Specialized has now entered the e-MTB market with their Turbo Levo FSR model. One look at this new e-mountain bike is all that is needed to see why the American company took slightly longer to enter the segment. Specialized have found a perfect solution for system integration of e-bike technology components.
Judges’ statement regarding this award
“This bike is sensational. This young product segment will also attract
mountain bikers who previously got along fine without e-power. The way the
Brose drive system has been integrated is ingenious.”
Heidelberg-based manufacturer Coboc (Germany) already has a large number of fans in the bike scene for its e-bikes that conceal their drive systems, so that they are almost invisible. With the Commuter Bike, the brand’s previous more sporty approach has now been transformed into a bike for everyday urban use.
regarding this award “This bike is very attractive. Even at second glance, it’s impossible
to tell it’s an e-bike. The drive technology feels superb. Due to its low
weight, this e-bike’s also easy to ride even if the power’s switched off.”
The Bike-Lift by EAL is a rear-mounted bike carrier for transporting bikes by car. It features an electric lift that lifts bikes up and lowers them back to the ground. In particular, it makes heavier bikes, such as e-bikes, easier to load.
regarding this award “When transporting e-bikes, older people find it especially hard to
heave it onto the bike carrier. The idea of including a lift in the bike rack
was new to us and is therefore really progressive. Furthermore, when not in use
the bike lift can be folded up compactly and its castors make it easy to move.”
Thanks to its modular system, Bikeparkitect’s modular Pumptrack can be quickly assembled at events etc. With the help of scaled down models, planning is easy and enjoyable.
regarding this award “We were immediately impressed by the concept of a modular system for
bike parks. As a model, it’s fun and easy to plan how to assemble the modules.
As a result, a course for events is quick to set up. Each of the components of
the modular bike park is simple to transport and can also be assembled and
disassembled with ease in urban areas.”
Californian bike-maker Yuba is one the leading brands pioneering the revival of cargo bikes in the bike scene. With its Spicy Curry, Yuba is now entering the e-bike segment.
regarding this award “This electric-powered cargo bike is a smart way of helping to get rid
of cars in urban areas. This is an excellent solution for transporting
payloads, even if they’re heavy. At first glance, the bike might look a little
plodding, but it in fact it’s adept at weaving very swiftly in and out of
Gravel bikes, i.e. road bikes built also for use off-road and on dirt and gravel tracks are one of the new bike market trends for 2016. With the Slate Force CX1, American bike manufacturer Cannondale is taking this idea a few stages further.
Judges’ statement regarding this award “This new bike by Cannondale combines two worlds that usually have little to do with one another. It echoes elements of a mountain bike and interprets these for road use. As a result, it taps into a bigger target group of cyclists.”
The Open Cycle brand is generally known for making lightweight and fast mountain bikes. However, the brand also has roots in the road bike scene. As such, it was only a matter of time before Open Cycle developed a bicycle containing genes from both sectors: cross/road and mountain. The U.P. (Unbeaten Path) has a geometry and parts with clearance for mountain bike tires.
Judges’ statement regarding this award “Apart from the frame’s attractive, eye-catching design, this cross bike’s open concept is value for money. Because it allows the attachment of different sizes of wheel and types of tyre. Therefore, the U.P. is especially good at handling different sorts of terrain.”
In recent years, a bike manufacturer’s sector has grown in the UK that specialises in making high-quality bikes for kids. Early Rider is one of these manufacturers and the Belter 20 is a well-thought-out design for young mountain bikers.
Judges’ statement regarding
this award “There
aren’t many children’s bikes that look like adults’ mountain bikes. But the
Belter is one of them. It’s good value because all key components like brake
levers with shorter grips, short chainsets and gear levers are tailored to children.
It even has high-quality tyres, which in this product segment tends to be the
Cycling glasses that react to different light conditions are not new. However, the speed at which Uvex’s Variatronic S photochromic lens tints – in the tenth of a second – is exceptional.
regarding this award “We were impressed by the sensor technology in these cycling glasses.
The tint changes with the light so quickly, unlike any other glasses we're aware
Fast pedelecs that can travel at speeds of up to 45 km/h assisted by an motor are becoming increasingly popular. These higher speeds necessitate a new approach to safety equipment and apparel; Pure Electric meets these requirements with its new jacket.
regarding this award “This bike jacket applies some of the elements of motorbike gear to the
needs of S-pedelec cyclists. The integrated protectors make this aspect
particularly clear. At the same time the jacket is very comfortable to wear.”
The Aenimal Bhulk’s frame is manufactured using 3D printing. The biopolymer used is made from sustainable resources.
regarding this award “The Aenimal Bhulk could start a new trend. It’s the first mountain
bike where a 3D printer is used to make the frame from biodegradable,
recyclable and recycled materials. We’re presenting this innovation with an
award because its technology is so visionary that it could revolutionise the
way bikes are customised and manufactured.
In addition to the
twelve Gold Awards this year, there is also a Green Award for a recycling
concept for bicycle inner tubes by tyre manufacturer Schwalbe. “Bike dealers
often don’t know what to do with old, worn-out inner tubes. 100% of Schwalbe
inner tubes can be recycled and now returned by the dealers to the
manufacturers free of charge. Straight from the factory, Schwalbe’s bike inner
tubes already consist of 20% recycled material,” commented the judges panel on
the further development of this concept, which has already been in use for
several years to promote recycling of bicycle inner tubes.
“The entries were
really exciting. There are a large number of really interesting products,” said
expert panel judge Jens Klötzer commenting on this year’s award winners. For
Jens, editor of Tour magazine, the panel’s work also shows that “2016 is going
to be a exceptionally exciting year for the bike industry.”
The judges were also
particularly interested to follow developments in the e-bike segment, which was
responsible for a large number of entries this year. “E-bikes have far more
applications than they did two years ago. And the bikes have seen considerable
developments. I could imagine that in five years time there will only be bikes
with motors. Things are moving so fast, it’s astonishing,” said expert panel
member Rodrick de Munnik, editor-in-chief of Dutch cycling magazine Fiets. The
remaining judges were: Designer Nils Holger Moormann, journalist Daniel O.
Fikuart (editor Aktiv Radfahren/ Elektrorad), professional mountain biker Karen
Eller and Matia Bonato from the Italian, family-run company “Biciclette
The 13 Gold and Green
Award winners and 51 further Eurobike Award winners will be displayed in a
special showcase in the Messe Friedrichshafen Foyer West until the end of the
trade show on Saturday, August 29.
On the days devoted exclusively to industry professionals, the international bike show Eurobike will be open from Wednesday, August 26 to Friday, August 28 from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Saturday, August 29 when it’s open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.