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Haibike Modular Rail System

For the 2018 model year there’s no topic quite so vehemently up for discussion as battery integration. It goes way beyond aesthetics: by getting rid of a mounted battery, bike developers create space in the front triangle. Haibike’s Modular Rail System displays how to make optimal use of this space – and we aren’t just talking about a bottle cage mount. There’s also the option to add a bag or a smartly integrated cable lock. The system is particularly interesting for hardtailers, who can use the so-called Range Extender to mount a second Bosch battery, and thereby double the battery capacity to a plush 1,000 Wh. It’s a flexible system that lets the rider decide what features they’d most appreciate on their bike. Right now, it’s a beacon in the industry, with no other system offering such flexibility.

About the Award

The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.