The mission of the Design & Innovation Award is to shape the bicycle world in a positive way. It also serves as a forum for creativity, visionary ideas as well as the industry’s most innovative products.
More than 40 experts from 10 countries joined this year’s event to test, analyze and judge the best and most innovative products of 2016. Amongst the experts there were international journalists, designers, world cup racers, biomechanics and marketing experts, all joining opinion-leading discussions about the most important topics of today and tomorrow.
Kronplatz/San Vigilio – Dolomites was the host venue for the Design & Innovation Award 2016 and constitutes the perfect location for the extensive testing process thanks to its richness in world class mountain bike trails (UNESCO World Heritage Nature Park Fanes-Sennes-Prags) and legendary roads including stages of the Giro d’Italia. The Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid was an inspiring location for expert discussions, surrounded by the epic mountain panorama.
The Design & Innovation Award honors the best road bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes as well as components and accessories of 2016. The Award will be given to class-leading as well as extraordinary products or innovations. The highest accolade, the exclusive Gold Award, will only be given to perfect or game-changing products that have the potential for disruptive changes. .
In contrast to normal group tests the expert panel of the Design & Innovation Award considers far more criteria when judging and awarding the products:
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