Six judges made up the panel and included industry leaders in fields from journalism to design. They evaluated entries in the following categories: Mountain Bikes (hardtail, enduro, freerider, downhill, full suspension, BMX, dirt bike), Cross Bikes (Cross Bike, Trekking Bike, Traveller Bike, All Terrain Bike), Racing Bikes (Racing Bike, Triathlon Bike, Time Machine, Fitness Bike, Speed Bike), Urban Bikes (City Bike, Folding Bike, Cruiser, Design Bike, Cargo Bike, Family Transportation), Special Bikes (Recumbent Bikes, Trikes, Rickshaw, Velomobile, Tandem), E-Bikes/Pedelecs (Mountain Bike, Cross Bike, Racing Bike, Urban Bike, Special Bike, Rechargeable Battery and Recharger, Pedal Sensor, Brakes, Special Accessories), Apparel (Pants, Shirt/Jersey, Jacket, Shoes, Gloves), Parts/Components (Frames, Handlebars, Brakes, Gears, Crank Arms, Electrical Components, Pedals, Generators, Wheels, Forks, Saddles), Accessories (Speedometers, Water Bottles, Bells, Air Pumps, Handles, Bags, Lights, Locks, Fenders, Tools, Glasses, Helmets, Tires).
Each entry was evaluated on the following criteria:
- efficiency, ergonomics
- weight, utility
- design quality
- degree of innovation
- load-carrying capacity
- brand value/branding
- choice of material
- environmental compatibility
What follows is a list of the 10 Gold Award Winners from Eurobike 2013:
1. Niner Bikes’ RIP 9 RDO - Full-Suspension Mountain Bike (Manufactured in USA)
Category: Mountain Bike
Featuring a carbon design, Niner’s patented CVA suspension and 125mm of travel via a Fox Float CTD Factory Shock.
From the judges: “There is a clear philosophy behind this mountain bike. The RIP 9 RDO is perfect in form, with an eye-catching color, bright and smart - an impressive calling card for the rider - and certainly something very out of the ordinary!”
2. Factor Bikes’ Factor Vis Vires - Racing Bike (Manufactured in Norfolk/United Kingdom)
Category: Racing Bike
Featuring electronic integration in the frame, fork and front-end design; double fork with integrated front-end; and double-walled down tube.
From the judges: "This racing bike is impressive in its well-thought-through details: the solution for the fork stem, the separated down tube and the integrated mounting. In addition, both brakes are integrated and it is possible to measure differentiated performance (left and right leg). The Factor Vis Vires really is an extraordinary racing bike.”
3. COBOC eCycle’ Urban Single-Speed Pedelec (Manufactured in Germany)
Category: E-Bikes / Pedelecs
Featuring an electric motor, a lightweight 13.7 kg and frame-integrated drive components.
From the judges: "A dream of a classically reduced bicycle! A pure single speed that has its electrical components neatly integrated. Combined with incredibly easy operating convenience. A really good approach for a small, particular lifestyle target group. The light and weather protection should also be taken into consideration to appeal to a larger audience!”
4. Riese und Müller’s blueLABEL Charger Urban Bike (Manufactured in Germany)
Category: E-Bikes / Pedelecs
Featuring a carbon belt transmission, NuVinci Nabe hub and inconspicuous cables.
From the judges: "The blueLABEL Charger has everything that a modern e-bike needs: It’s good for everyday use, has disk brakes, a low-maintenance drive and a bright LED light. All in all, an honest, clean bike that shows its stuff.”
5. adidas’ adizero ss jersey m (Manufactured in Germany)
Featuring a lightweight 65 grams, wind and sun protection, maximum breathability and two back pockets.
From the judges: "This shirt stands as a representative for the wave of innovation in jerseys. When temperatures are high, this jersey is ideal to wear for road racing and MTB - and is sure to become popular among hobby cyclists in the future as well.”
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