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Taipei, 30 October 2018

TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018: Nine gold award winners announced!

The 45 winners of the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018 were announced today at a pre-show press conference and award ceremony organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Taiwan Bicycle Association and executed by iF DESIGN ASIA Ltd..

Eight companies from Taiwan, China and Singapore took home the prestigious TAIPEI CYCLE gold award. A start-up company won the special ‘Gold Award – Young Enterprise’ for their brand-new electroluminescence decal.

With today’s broader applications of IoT technology, ‘IoT in the Cycling Industry’ has been added as a new category for the first time. Together with the original four categories covering Bicycles, Components and Parts, Peripherals and Accessories, and E-bikes and Pedelecs, a total of 120 entries were registered for the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018.

As juror Mr. Francois Liang pointed out, many of the entries this year showed their diverse characters with the help of outstanding development capabilities and advanced technology, which echoes the theme of the TAIPEI CYCLE show 2018. Complete bike makers are paying more attention to details and form design, especially with respect to special-purpose bikes. Components and parts are more functionally oriented; bike engineering works, such as weight reduction, are well thought through to increase performance. An integration of mechatronics and the application of recently developed bike technologies on E-bikes and pedelecs is where the design and innovation of components and parts are headed. Additionally, to satisfy the demand for indoor workout and fitness needs, many entries have worked with or are made for specific software and IoT products, which expands the options for bicycle products.

All the award-winning products will be featured in an award pavilion at Booth L0118 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall during the TAIPEI CYCLE 2018 from 31 October to 3 November 2018. Buyers, exhibitors and the general public are all welcome to visit the award pavilion. Postcards on each winning product and booklets containing awards information are available for free.

Winners of the TAIPEI CYCLE gold award 2018:

Name of entry

SLO'O Aegis Titanium Tour BikeTour Bicycle

Category

01. Bicycles

Manufacturer

SLO'O InternationalNew Taipei City, Taiwan

Design office

SLO'O InternationalNew Taipei City, Taiwan

Jury statement

“SLO’O Aegis is a well-executed product, for two reasons. First, it has resolved the issue of the usual cumbersome task of having an airline transport a bike by simply using a clever retractable top tube to shrink the bike in its entirety so that it can be stowed in a presentable custom aluminum suitcase. Second, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price with the use of a flawless crafted titanium frame is excellent value for money that fully represents the unique capability of this company.”

Name of entry

One-TwentyMountain Bike

Category

01. Bicycles

Manufacturer

Merida Industry Co., Ltd. | Changhua, Taiwan

Design office

Merida Industry Co., Ltd. | Changhua, Taiwan

Jury statement

“Overall, the product demonstrates a focus on aesthetic design and an emphasis on small details and on structural design; there has been a significant optimization in terms of bicycle frame geometry and the shock-absorbing function aspect of the suspension design. The product embodies an enhancement of structural design and of the durability of the materials used; it represents a very satisfactory integration of lightweight design and multi-process engineering.”

Name of entry

YSP28FLBicycle components

Category

02. Components + Parts

Manufacturer

JD Components | Changhua, Taiwan

Design office

JD Components | Changhua, Taiwan

Jury statement

“A simple but long-awaited solution that enables a dynamic riding experience to provide fun cruising scenarios.”

Name of entry

QingJu EVOSeatpost clamp

Category

02. Components + Parts

Manufacturer

HL CORP(SHENZHEN) | Shenzhen, China

Design office

Beijing DiDi Infinity Technology and Development Co., Ltd. | Beijing, China

Jury statement

“A clean solution to a legitimate problem with current share bikes. It's not flashing or cool but it improves the experience of riding a share bike by making the single adjustable feature (seat height) very quick to understand (comprehension) and quick to operate (functionality). It appears to be robust enough to survive the constant wear and tear of the share bike users, who expect the bike to work every time and be ready to go when they are ready to go.”

Name of entry

HAWKVI ULTRAPEX UT3Bike wheel set

Category

02. Components + Parts

Manufacturer

LINK CHANCE CO., LTD. | Changhua, Taiwan

Design office

LINK CHANCE CO., LTD. | Changhua, Taiwan

Jury statement

“The Hawkvi Ultrapex UT3 bike wheel represents its company’s move into the area of ultralight carbon wheel construction, coupled with its flawless details designed to deal with crosswind situations, as well as drag-reducing spokes to add comfort to the ride.”

Name of entry

ReconLighting System

Category

03. Peripherals + Accessories

Manufacturer

Giant Manufacturing CO., LTD. | Taichung, Taiwan

Design office

Giant Manufacturing CO., LTD. | Taichung, Taiwan

Jury statement

“A clear, reduced design language, which has been consistently implemented for all products.”

Name of entry

i-Chaser LTDElectric Bicycle

Category

04. E-bikes + Pedelecs

Manufacturer

WHEELER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTDTaichung, Taiwan

Design

WHEELER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTDTaichung, Taiwan

Jury statement

“The i-Chaser LTD Electric Bicycle is the product of R&D efforts focused on electric mountain bike development, which is still something of a niche product category. The structural design is quite elegant, and the overall physical appearance of the bicycle is neat and restrained. In terms of quality, the i-Chaser embodies a high level of attention to detail; it also provides a superb riding experience. The relatively complex arrangement of components represents a step forward for the industry as a whole.”

Name of entry

Coast Cycles Buzzraw XElectric Bicycle

Category

04. E-bikes + Pedelecs

Manufacturer

Coast Cycles Private LimitedSingapore

Design

Coast Cycles Private LimitedSingapore

Jury statement

“An impressive ground-up design that results in a bike with a singular focus, having fun. Visually and functionally, the Buzzraw is surprising and the commitment to the execution required the engineering and manufacture of a substantial number of full custom components. The fork, rims, monster tires, saddle, and frame all had to be custom-made for this specific bike. All that air and suspension between the rider and the road makes the Buzzraw is a smooth fun ride.”

Winner of the Gold Award – Young Enterprise 2018:

Name of Entry

CHANGE-AURORA Electroluminescence Decal

Category

03. Peripherals + Accessories

Manufacturer

JAEGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.Taichung, Taiwan

Design office

JAEGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.Taichung, Taiwan

Jury Statement:

“Technical and design-modified innovations. A wonderful product idea with enormous safety-relevant and versatile aspects.”


Jury Biographies and Jury Impressions:

This year’s award-winning products were chosen by Dieter Fornoff (Puls Produktdesign GmbH, Germany), Francois Liang (Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center, Taiwan), James Shyr (Huaren Technology R&D Company, China), Ken O'Rourke (KOR-DESIGN, Taiwan), Manfred Wang (Qisda Corporation; National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan) and Shikuan Chen (Compal Electronics Inc., Taiwan) on the basis of the following criteria: innovation and elaboration, functionality, aesthetics, responsibility and positioning.

Dieter Fornoff

Puls Produktdesign GmbHDarmstadt, Germany

Biography:

Dieter Fornoff was born in Erbach, Germany in 1956. From 1972 to 1976, he completed an apprenticeship as a precision mechanic, before he started his studies in product design at the University of Arts in Darmstadt. After completing his studies in 1984, he founded Puls Produktdesign together with Eberhard Klett and Andreas Ries. Their work for well-known clients has received numerous international design awards. Dieter has been leading and managing the design team and has significantly influenced the design strategies of international market leaders for more than 25 years. The company stands for strategic design, product design, interface design and construction.

Jury Impression:

“The TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018 attracted a rich variety of products. Although design was the motivating factor behind the majority of the products, some clearly showed a focus on technical innovations, a bike frame, for example, with a graphical light display that not only makes an eye-catching statement at night but also greatly increases the cyclist's safety. Furthermore, there were a number of surprising specific solutions, such as tool kits integrated into bottle holders, as well as consistent and carefully thought-through lines of products, one manufacturer's extensive series of LED lights, for example, in a wide assortment of lumens.”

Francois Liang

Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D CenterTaichung, Taiwan

Biography:

Francois Liang is the General Manager of the Cycling and Health Tech Industry R&D Center (CHC) in Taichung, Taiwan. The graduate in Naval Architecture Engineering also earned a doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering in 2014. Liang has worked in different capacities in various fields of engineering in the aeronautics and auto industry since 1984. He has been employed at CHC since 1997, responsible first and foremost for the development of bicycle products. Liang has been involved in the bicycle industry for the past 20 years.

Jury Impression:

“Besides the continuing improvements in terms of traditional mechanical engineering design and craftsmanship, the bicycle industry is now starting to integrate technologies from the electromechanical and electronics fields; with the emergence of a new environment in which the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a key role, bicycles are now able to provide users with a wider range of usage applications and with more enjoyment.

Furthermore, both the increasing diversity of finished bicycle products and the developments in component design reflect the fact that more attention is starting to be paid to consumers’ requirements, and to providing real solutions to meet consumers’ needs.

Taken as a whole, this year’s award-winning products embodied further refinements in product design, and displayed greater attention to detail.”

James C. Shyr

Huaren Technology R&D CompanyShanghai, China

Biography:

James Shyr is the Chief Design Officer at Huaren Technology R&D Company. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, USA, he became the longest serving Director of Design at PATAC of General Motors China, General Motors Asia Pacific Operation, based in Shanghai, as well as being one of the eight members of the “GM Global Design Leadership Team”, from 2001 until 2007. During his tenure with GM, he designed some of the best-selling vehicles in China, with nearly 10 million vehicles on the road today. After his services with General Motors, he took up a position as the Executive VP of HAITEC Design Center, Yulon Group and, prior to his current appointment, was responsible for the design of the Luxgen line of vehicles.

Jury Impression:

“Overall, I felt that the progress made by the products in this year’s show proved to be not only excellent but also combined excellent craftsmanship, good aesthetics design, and real-world practicality with problem-solving. It is all these in combination with innovative ideas that enable this bike show to claim its reputation as one of the best in the world.”

Ken O'Rourke

KOR-DESIGNTaichung, Taiwan

Biography:

After working as a design engineer for a well-known US-American bicycle brand, Trek Bicycles, Ken O'Rourke gathered his first work experience and established his own design studio, KOR-DESIGN. Dedicated to technical product design, full-cycle manufacturing development and directed by his unique engineering philosophy, KOR is known for its functionality, durability and thoughtful attention to detail and has produced award-winning designs for many bicycle brands.

Jury Impression:

“Refinement: the majority of the products exhibited a focus on refined details and execution without trying to load the product with a long list of features, that is to say, they had fewer features, but higher level of refinement.

Capability: many of the products appear to be the result of design and engineering from the in-house design teams of manufacturers. The skill level of these internal design teams is clearly improving and enabling manufacturers to create products that are well thought out and well executed. It would not be surprising to see some of these manufacturers create brands of their own on a par with other established brands that don't manufacture their own products.”

Manfred Wang

Qisda Corporation; NTNUTaipei, Taiwan

Biography:

Manfred Wang is a professor of design at National Taiwan Normal University and Principal Creative Advisor for Qisda Corporation. Prior to 2013, Wang was the Vice President & Chief Design Officer of BenQ & Qisda Group and the General Manager of QisDESIGN Lifestyle Products Business Unit. Under his guidance, BenQ and Qisda have won more than 375 international design awards. Manfred Wang graduated with a Master of Industrial Design from Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in Germany in 1994.

Jury Impression:

“Overall, it was possible to see many examples of the successful integration of concepts from different industries, along with the effective realization of innovative ideas and the adoption of new materials; the bicycle industry has been able to demonstrate its commitment to innovation. However, some products reflected an excessive emphasis on engineering and technology R&D, with too little attention paid to consumer needs. There is still significant room for improvement in terms of marketing, design, and the user experience.”

Shikuan Chen

Compal Electronics Inc.Taipei, Taiwan

Biography:

Shikuan Chen is Senior Vice President of Corp. Marketing and Innovation Office at Compal Electronics, Inc. in Taiwan. His team consists of more than 250 design experts. Shikuan is also a Board Director of the World Design Organization and professor of Design at Shih Chien University in Taipei. From 2004 to 2009, he held the position of Global Account & Design Director at Philips Design in Taipei and Hong Kong. He graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (USA) with a Master's Degree in Fine Art in 1995.

Jury Impression:

“Mostly incremental innovations which nonetheless offer practical usages to enable a variety of riding lifestyles.”

>> Information on all the award winners is presented on the official websites of the TAIPEI CYCLE Show, the Taiwan Bicycle Association and the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.


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