The Eurobike Award is billed as one of the most prestigious design awards in the bicycle industry that a company can receive for its products. As the Eurobike show organisers unveiled the award winners, 56 manufacturers celebrated having received the recognition for their product developments.
Eleven received a Eurobike Gold Award and one company was given a Green Award for a product that represents ‘not only outstanding design, but also sets a new benchmark for sustainability.’
This year saw 500 hopeful entries for the Eurobike Award. The industry design award was organised for the first time in association with the German Designer Club (DDC) and the six-person expert panel selected 56 products overall to receive recognition via a Eurobike Award.
During the award ceremony, at the end of the first day of the Eurobike show, the Gold Award and Green Award winners were revealed.
“The Eurobike Award denotes products that represent outstanding design, quality and functionality,” explained Stefan Reisinger, Head of OutDoor/Eurobike, Messe Friedrichshafen. “However, even within this select group, there are products that stand out. These exceptional products set new standards and push the envelope in the industry. They are the winners of the Eurobike Gold Awards.”
Winners of the Eurobike Gold Awards 2014
- Commuter – Canyon
- Elite Hybrid HPC SLT 29 – Cube
- ST2 Sport – Stromer
- Schaap Jacket – Triple2
- Kickr – Wahoo
- Vial Evo D – AX-Lightness
- Dealer Center – Winora Staiger
- Rafael-r-023 Ueberbike – Rafael
- Aeroad CF SLX – Canyon
- ilu – Curana
- Transformer X – Topeak
Commenting on the Ueberbike from Rafael, the judges said, “This triathlon model fully lives up to its name of Ueberbike. It looks fantastic. Parts attached to the bike have been cleverly integrated. You hardly see the merest hint of a cable anywhere. This really is an innovation. For us judges it was love at first sight.”
Heidelberg-based manufacturer Rafael aims to have completely redesigned the triathlon bike with its Ueberbike. Combining one-sided hung wheels with integrated brakes provides not only particularly good aerodynamics, but also allows quick repair of tyres in a race environment.
Wahoo Fitness, a leader in fitness apps and products that take advantage of the power of smartphones, also received a Gold Award for its KICKR Power Trainer in the accessories category.
The KICKR Power Trainer was selected over an impressive list of submissions. “We are honored to have been selected for the Eurobike Gold Award from such a deep field of competitors”, said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “Being chosen for a Eurobike Gold Award is a true testament to the
entire Wahoo team and our dedication to create the ultimate indoor cycling experience.”
Winner of the Eurobike Green Award 2014
Munich-based Velospring has been awarded the Green Award for its shock-absorbing Sen Comfort bicycle grips. The Eurobike Award judges were impressed by the exceptional characteristics of the high-quality wooden grips and in particular by the company’s consistent implementation of sustainable measures.
The German Designer Club (DDC) was also full of praise for the bicycle industry following its first involvement in the Eurobike. “The bar for good design is set very high in the bicycle market. And the industry has now reached a level that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In this respect, the value of a Gold Award for a company cannot be overstated. The design award pays tribute to the exceptional achievement of those companies on the receiving end,” said Michael Eibes, Designer and Chairman of the Board, DDC.