Eurobike: Urban, commuting, recumbent, touring
By Matthew Cole | Monday, September 8, 2008 3.17pm
The Five Star singlespeed bike from Fixie Inc won the award in the best Cruiser/Design bike category BikeRadar
The urban and commuting scene was well catered for at the Eurobike show, and the international jury who judged the top ten products at the Eurobike Awards picked the best of the bunch, so we’ve put them together for your perusal below, as well as some other tasty highlights.
The Five Star singlespeed bike from Fixie Inc won the award in the best Cruiser/Design bike category. With a belt drive and handlebars made from wood, it’s no surprise the judges took notice of this retro machine. “A very cleanly designed bicycle, reduced to the minimum,” the judges said.
The Bad Boy White edition from Cannondale won a gold award in the best City Bike category, and was praised by the judges as “simply a bike that’s a delight to look at.”
Giant’s City Speed bike also won a gold award in the City Bike category for its clever design and component integration – the front light, stem and handlebars all form one unit, for example.
The NuVinci CVP hub from Fallbrook Technologies won the gold award in the Components category – the hub borrows technology from the car industry with infinitely variable gear changing on offer. The rider can change gear when standing or on the move. The judges said: “A very simple, convincing system that provides real convenience.”
The LockN’Roll anti-theft quick release mechanism grabbed our attention in the Bike Equipment category, which appears to solve the problem of saddle and wheel theft in a very simple way; Once secured to the bike, the skewer cannot be undone unless the bike is turned around 180 degrees – which won’t be possible if the bike is locked to a stationary object.
Judges also awarded the Reelight light system an award in the Bike Equipment category saying: “An interesting lighting solution for bicycles that uses induction to be completely free of wear and tear and provides a reliable source of light. The topics of safety and environmental protection both play an important role here. Very clever.”
The Scorpion fs was unveiled for the first time at the show as the world’s first fully suspended folding tricycle recumbent, developed and built by German company HP Velotechnik.
Boasting rider luxuries such as 6cm of suspension at the front, and 8cm of movement at the back, it offers a comfortable journey. The "No Squat" design prevents pedal power being lost to the suspension, and the trike can be folded in 60 seconds to a size of 102 cm x 83 cm x 63 cm, which after removing the wheels reduces even further to only 90 cm x 74 cm x 46 cm.
This flowery patterned electric bike from Kettler is aimed to get more females on bikes, presumably.
This full suspension touring bike turned a few heads. It’s the Panamericana from Tout Terrain. Interesting rear shock system…
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