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The 4th Taipei Cycle Show d&i awards 2015

Now in its 28th year, the recently concluded Taipei Cycle Show 2015 showcased the latest and greatest in the world of cycling technology. With the growing interest worldwide in cycling for both sport and leisure, the Taipei Cycle Show attracted over 8,000 visitors from 107 countries.

A growing trend in cycling is the move away from the sports oriented purpose of bicycles, towards more lifestyle focused applications, as well as integration of the bicycle into daily life.

The Taipei Cycle Show is the first in the international show season, and manufacturers use this opportunity to introduce new products in their lineup for 2015, and well as to highlight products in development for future model years, and gauge interest in developing technology and improvements they wish to include into their products. For 2015, nearly 1,500 exhibitors occupied 80,000 square meters, showing cycling products and technology from around the world. Notable names on the floor included Giant, Merida, Maxxis, Kenda, KMC, Shimano, SRAM, Accell Group, and Continental.

A growing trend in cycling is the move away from the sports oriented purpose of bicycles, towards more lifestyle focused applications, as well as integration of the bicycle into daily life. This was reflected in the increasing number of e-bikes, or electric powered bicycles, on display. Another growing trend was the use of alternative natural and recyclable materials in the manufacture of bicycle frames, away from traditional materials such as steel and aluminium, and high tech materials like carbon composites, showing a growing awareness that cyclists want to do more for the environment than just riding a bicycle. Integration is also gaining traction in cycling, with manufacturers putting forward products that integrate the gadgets that power our daily lives, such as smartphones and tablets, into their bicycles, seamlessly and without hassle.

The highlight of the show was, of course, the 4th Taipei Cycle d&i awards. Presided over by a 6 person panel of judges, 2015 saw 209 entries from 15 countries entering the competition, with accolades going to 57 products covering the entire range and diversity of cycling, while 6 winners took home the Gold Award for design and innovation.

The Taipei Cycle Show is organised annually by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association (TBEA). The 2015 show was held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from March 18th to 21st, 2015. The Taipei Cycle Show has been held since 1987 and is now in its 28th year.

Twelve discerning eyes evaluated 209 entries based on 10 criteria: degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of material, environmental sustainability, functionality, utility, safety, ergonomics and universal design, and only 57 from 10 countries emerged as winners. The next few pages walk you through the genius details of some of the cycling world’s smartest innovations.

 

GOLD AWARDS

1. BAMBOOBEE BIKE KIT
A build-it-yourself (BIY) frame kit from Singapore company BambooBee, this bamboo frame is unique and will stand out in urban landscapes, combining environmentally friendly bicycle materials with learning a new skill.


2. MINDBIKE ASSEMBLY BICYCLE
Another BIY, from Otomo Corp., the flat pack furniture concept enters the bicycle world. Using bolts and nuts and extruded aluminium for the frame, this bike comes disassembled shipped to the customer in knock down form, saving on storage and transport.


3. iGAUGE iVELOCE ROAD
This road bike pump goes up to 120 p.s.i. and uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to provide pump pressure readings. The Thumb-Lock Clever Twin valve caters for Schrader, Presta, Dunlop and E/V.


4. TRANSFORMER SERIES PUMP
Toppeak takes utility to a new level with a stand pump that doubles as a bike stand. Adjustable hooks cater for any bike and the top mounted gauge makes pressure readings easy.


5. OKOVANLIG ECO-FRIENDLY E-BIKE
Eco friendly plywood from Germany is used for the frame of the Okovanlig from Protanium. A li-ion battery sits in the frame and powers the rear hub. The bike is shipped flat for self assembly and to minimise transport cost.


6. STROMER ST2 E-BIKE
Internet ready with the built in SIM card and connects to any smartphone with the myStromer app. The app offers GPS and theft protection via Geolocator. Battery charging and range tuning is also done via the app.

 

BICYCLES

7. GHOST LECTOR WC
29er wheels with a carbon fiber frame adds to the Lector hardtail legend. Mated to Rockshox’s RS-1 fork for cutting edge design and high tech handling.


8. MERIDA REACTO TEAM E-LTD
Combining aerodynamics, stiffness and ride comfort into one integrated package, this limited edition frame celebrates 2014 UCI World Champion Rui Costa’s success.


9. TERN VERGE X18
Folding up into a 10.4kg package, the Verge X18 brings road bike manners and lightness to the world of folding bikes.


10. DOUZE CYCLES MODULAR CARGO BIKES
Convenient, comfortable and foldable, 3 different lengths cater to various commercial and family transport applications for all types of cargo.


11. REACH FOLDING BIKE
Full suspension and 20” wheels folds into a transport friendly package. Stiffness and ride match road bikes, and the suspension gives all day riding comfort.


12. ASTER F35
Low wind resistance, speed and stiffness were the design goals of the F35. The fork is designed for stiffness and ride comfort.


13. DAHON CLINCH
Sleek, state of the art design and carbon wheels makes the Clinch a fast foldy. A full diamond frame that folds up small makes this foldy special.


14. BITEX 2-IN-1 BALANCE BIKE SCOOTER
Transformable design lets the Bitex 2-in-1 grow with your child. Start as a ride on balance bike, then convert it into a scooter as the child grows.

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