The Eurobike international trade show, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, has confirmed 13 Gold Awards and two Green Awards – with the Eurobike Gold Award winners’ said to represent the ‘thematic diversity demonstrate[ing] developments within the industry’.
Since its premiere in 1991, Eurobike has not only developed into a leading meeting place for the global bicycle industry but has also been a mirror of the on-trend topics influencing the market. In the nineties, the trade exhibition by Lake Constance in southern Germany focused on the young mountain bike segment and then later road bikes as well.
In the meantime, though, Eurobike has extended its coverage to include topics such as urban (e-)mobility, digitalisation and smart service solutions. This diversity also distinguishes the winners of the Eurobike Award, who were honoured for their especially innovative new developments from the world of bicycles on the evening of the first day of the show, now celebrating its 14th edition. At the same time, 15 companies can take pleasure in receiving one of the particularly prestigious Eurobike Gold or Green Awards.
Among the Eurobike Award winners this year, for example, are the new official bike-sharing cycle from Pashley/Beryl, ingenious cargo bikes for young families, digital tools for advising customers in cycle shops, but also protectors and full-face helmets for mountain bikers and lightweight components for ambitious sports enthusiasts to measure power.
“Thanks to its diversity, the bike world is more fascinating than ever before,” said Dirk Heidrich, Eurobike Project Manager. “For many people, the bicycle remains first and foremost a beloved item of sporting equipment, at the same time though it is also a beacon of hope – if not the beacon – for a turnabout in traffic policy in the towns and cities plagued by congestion and poor air quality.
“Against this backdrop, the Eurobike Award is not only a recognition of particularly pioneering developments but also a mirror of the spectrum of topics covered by the bicycle and those involved in the market.”
“The spectrum of the 350 Eurobike Award entries that we as the panel of judges were allowed to assess was very broad indeed and also reflects the key trends: transport solutions, electric assistance, children and safety,” said Eurobike Award panel member Sissi Pärsch after completing her task.
Her fellow judge Tarek Rasouli went on to add, “There are some products in the Eurobike Award that promise more safety or more comfort. Others in turn adopt new approaches to the subject of sustainability. And this year there are many Award winners that point towards an exciting future as a means of urban transport. One thing all Eurobike Award winners have in common is their potential to make the world just a little bit better.”
A total of 45 new products from the bicycle world gained one of the coveted accolades in this year’s edition of the Eurobike Award. Among the award winners are also 13 products and concepts that the six-strong panel of experts deemed to represent an especially outstanding innovation and are thus deserving of a Gold Award. Two award winners additionally received a Green Award for special developments in the field of sustainability.
The Gold Award winners for 2018 with the respective statement from the panel of judges:
Salamander Cycle Stroller by Wike
With just a few simple manoeuvres, the rear of the Salamander Cycle Stroller from the Canadian manufacturer Wike folds forward to transform the family bike into a pushchair.
Statement by the Eurobike Award judges: “We really like this idea of combining a bike with a pushchair. The Cycle Stroller also features an outstanding design. Converting the bike to a pushchair and vice versa is very easy. The bike is also extremely good to ride.”
With its model ‘e’, the Cologne-based bicycle manufacturer Chike is launching a clever cargo tricycle with a tilting technology that can be adjusted individually to match the riding conditions and load.
“We are very impressed by the overall concept of the Chike e. It offers good protection for children in a very compact bike. The tilting chassis makes the bike very easy to ride and, thanks to a clever feature, can actually be switched off to block the wheels and make loading the bike easier.”
GEOS Gravel by Geonet
Geonet is a young bicycle manufacturing company from Berlin. Its first model ‘GEOS Gravel’ made an impression at the Eurobike Awards with its lightweight bike concept in which the components of the e-bike battery are distributed over several frame tubes.
“This is the first time we have seen a pedelec with such smart and tidy integration of battery and lighting. The puristic and minimalist design of this bike also has many other pleasing features as well as outstanding ride characteristics.”
INpower Direct Mount Road by Rotor
With its power measuring components, the Spanish manufacturer Rotor is a successful supplier of equipment for the ambitious, sports-minded cyclist. The latest generation of In-Power cranks is not only seen as an inspired solution in terms of looks but also opens up the field of power measurement to a new target group thanks to its reasonable entry-level prices.
“At first sight, you’d never guess that the crank set of the Inpower Direct Mount contains a power meter. It is also very light and means that power meters are now available at an extremely reasonable price.”
Stage Helmet by Troy Lee Designs
For decades, Troy Lee Designs has been one of the most sought-after brands among equipment suppliers in the action sport scene. With its new Stage full-face helmet, which offers a low weight and numerous safety features, the brand from California is further underlining its high standards.
“We like the extremely low weight of this one-piece full-face helmet. The good ventilation in the chin guard was particularly impressive.”
Smartfit Online Sizing
Using a series of simple steps, this online advisory tool from Smartfit helps customers to determine the right frame size and matching bike models.
“This very useful sizing tool takes all dimensions into account. A large database using real measurements then shows the options available for the various bike models.”
Ortho-Max Light by Ortema
Ortema is a company with roots in orthopaedic technology which has already won over many fans with its sport protectors in areas such as motocross. At the Eurobike Award, the company from Markgröningen, presented a lightweight back protector for mountain bikers.
“We like the high quality of material used in this back protector. Covering the full length of the spine from just below the neck downwards, it is extremely comfortable and well-ventilated. A wide range of sizes is available from adults to children at an extremely low price.”
SleepFix Kids Bike by Sandini
Sandini specialises in sleeping pillows for children’s car seats which are now also available in a version for child bike seats.
“A lot of thought has gone into this sleeping pillow. As in modern child seats for cars, it prevents a child’s head from tilting to one side when it is asleep. We also like the pleasant material used in the manufacture.”
SQlab is one of the leading manufacturers of ergonomic components for bicycles. With its extensive collection of handlebar grips, the company from the south of Munich is offering a broad range of problem solvers for the interface between hand and bike in the forthcoming model year.
“Apart from the saddle, the grips are the most important point of contact between rider and cycle. With its new series of grips, SQLab has expanded its range: four different designs each in three different sizes mean that all riders can be sure of finding the right grip for every ride.”
Homage by Riese & Müller
The Homage is already a classic in the range of the e-bike specialist Riese & Müller, which in the new model year is now leading the way in safety technology with an ABS system from Bosch.
“The special feature of the full-suspension Homage is the ABS system, which gives inexperienced and elderly riders in particular a feeling of extra confidence and safety.”
D.2 ST-Ri Dropper Seatpost from by.schulz
Retractable seatposts are already indispensable in the world of mountain bikes. The innovative component manufacturer by.schulz is now introducing this technology as a comfort and safety feature for urban cyclists.
“This safe and practical seatpost is designed with the urban cyclist in mind. A control lowers the saddle at traffic lights, for example, and returns it to the pre-set height when the rider sets off again. The spring-loading ensures comfort during the ride. All in all, we feel this is a safety feature that will encourage new riders to take up cycling.”
London Bikeshare Bike by Pashley & Beryl
In its home country, the British family business Pashley is one of the most traditional bicycle manufacturers. The new cycle model for London’s bike-sharing system is ‘proof that tradition and innovative zeal are not mutually exclusive’.
“An ideal cycle for bike-sharing providers. It is remarkably sturdy and easy to adjust, particularly the seatpost. We also like the way the components are integrated and the inclusion of a brake light.”
Muli von muli-cycles
The muli is a cargo bike for everyday urban use and is as small and agile as a normal city bike. Concept, production and business model are all geared towards sustainability. From frame through to assembly, every stage in the production takes place in Germany.
“Everything about the muli is just right. Thanks to its short wheelbase, low width and small frame, it is easy to control for both big and small riders. We were particularly impressed by how easily the child’s seat can be installed and dismantled as well as how the basket folds up. Especially recommended for families.”
When the concern is to design sustainable products, Eurobike notes that the bike market is keeping pace with the times, as the two Green Awards among this year’s prize winners demonstrate. The American specialist for care products Finish Line has received a Green Award for a new tyre sealant that is free of ammonia and latex, which the manufacturer claims can no longer dry out or degrade, and thus promises to significantly reduce consumption of both sealant and tyres. Another Green Award goes to Vaude for the Green Core jersey. The bike equipment supplier from Tettnang has succeeded in developing a garment with maximum functionality and at the same time a high content of recycled materials.
The Eurobike Green Award winners and the judges’ statements:
Green Core Tricot by Vaude
“Combining comfort and functionality, this elegant garment is also environment-friendly. We were impressed by the clever combination of high-quality materials.”
Finish Line Tubeless Tyre Sealant by Finish Line Technologies
“This innovative sealant sets a new standard for tubeless tyres: the new formulation is not only latex-free and less aggressive than its predecessors, but it also doesn’t dry up, thus giving it a longer shelf life. We selected this product for the green award because it results in the use of fewer tubes and tyres and also less solution. To make it even greener, though, we would recommend a rethink of the packaging.”
The winners of the Eurobike Awards, Gold Awards and Green Awards will be on show in a special display at Eurobike in Foyer East of Messe Friedrichshafen until Tuesday, 10 July 2018.