Eurobike Award 2015: What are the “must have” innovations of the year?
Each year in August the hippest product innovations in the bicycle scene are honored with the Eurobike Award at Lake Constance. Yesterday it happened again. The outstanding innovations, from an inner tube to an App for cyclists, can be seen at the Eurobike Show until the 29th of August.
The trend is set
The Eurobike Award is the most significant award in the bike scene. It predetermines which product is a “must have” in the upcoming season. Five hundred new developments were submitted with six judges selecting from them the best products. The jury contained experts from various fields, allowing for thorough testing: Nils Holger Moormann, expert in intelligent and accurate design solutions; Daniel O. Fikuart, chief editor of Active Cycling and E-Bike; Rodrick de Munnik, chief editor of cycling magazines; Matia Bonato, head of the family business, “Biciclette Rossignoli”; Karen Eller, treble winner of the Transalp Challenge and; Jens Klötzer, editor of the race magazine TOUR. For two days, the submitted products were tested for function, outstanding design, technique and degree of innovation. Yesterday evening the crucial product innovations were presented on the Eurobike Stake at Lake Constance.
The Eurobike Award winners 2015
The Eurobike Award is assigned in ten categories: mountain bikes, cross bikes, racing bikes, urban bikes, special bikes, e-bikes & pedelecs, clothing, bike components, accessories, andconcept and services. The best 12 award winners were also honoured with the Eurobike Gold Award and the Green Award. So, who are the Eurobike Winners? Our favourites for urban cyclists:
Ladies rain jacket „1Dry2 – How to love rain“
The rain, a friend of every cyclist. With this rain jacket weather forecasts become superfluous. The elegant and multifunctional rain jacket from 1Dry2 is a good argument to fall in love with rainy weather. The 1Dry2 can also be worn as a stylish coat in your daily life. When it starts raining you can easily create two trouser legs with just one zip. We think, this is a very intelligent solution.
Do you have to deliver something in the city with a cargo bike? With „Spice Curry“ from Yuba Bicycles this is very easy. You can transport up to 40 pizza boxes with the bike or, if your cargo’s more precious, you can easily affix a child seat. And if you need to ride up a hill you will be supported by a little electric motor.
If you have made the decision to get around the city exclusively by bike, the foldable cargo bike from Patria is a nice solution. The team of Patria (20 employees) knows that it is not so easy to stow away a cargo bike in the city because of lack of space. Therefore they created their handmade cargo bike „Patria Pickup“ with a foldable loading area. The possibility to ride the bike when folded, sets the bike apart from the rest. With an adjustable frame height and handlebar,the smallest of the family also gets the chance to ride the bike. Only handicap: with 33kg the bicycle is relatively heavy. But the team from Patria will definitely find a solution.
Coboc Commuter Bike
At first sight the Commuter Bike from Coboc looks like a typical bicycle. But it is much more than a typical bike. Inside the bicycle frame you can find a little electro motor and also lights are included in the frame. With its elegant design and a weight of just 15.4 kg the commuter bike from Coboc is an unbeatable city bike for daily use.
Never before was it so easy to stow your bike. The inventors from Clug did a good job. They needed minimal material costs and created the most elegant mount with maximal stability. Just two bolts hold the bicycle on the wall. To fix the bike with the Clug you just have to snap the front wheel into the mount. A very sophisticated solution with elegant design.
Backpack “Transom 16”
No more sweating when cycling downhill promises the Tramson 16 from Ion. Adjustable straps mean that the back is aerated in every position. The backpack is waterproof and strengthened at the bottom.
If you search for a place to park your bike, the Montague Rackstand will come in handy. During the ride the Rackstand can be used as luggage rack and protective plate. During stops you can fold it down and stabilise the rear wheel.
Urban Cycling-App Bike Citizens
The App offers offline navigation, bicycle friendly routing and the possibility to record cycled routes.
The Jury said:
“This attractively priced app harnesses other people’s intelligence. As users can upload their own routes anonymously, they don’t just help other cyclists, but also traffic planners in the over 200 towns and cities where the app has already been downloaded.”
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