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Design & Innovation Award 2017

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Design & Innovation Award 2017

Several bike related categories but this one is about the back pack around the waist. Its the "other essentials" that I see that substitutes for the saddle bag.

Design & Innovation Award 2017 | EVOC HIP PACK RACE

In addition, under the category Mountain Bike, the winners:

https://design-innovation-award.com/winners-2017/

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I've become very cynical toward these types of awards. They generally mean little outside of academia.

My neighbor is a college professor and goes on and on about the "Award winning engine" in his Nissan.


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Yea...I laughed. Pretty much awards for the sake of awards. A fanny pack gets an "innovation award" is as funny as it gets.


How many POS cars over the years that turned out to be unreliable and/or death traps has JD Powers given out over the years?
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This might give you insight about the Design & Innovation Awards. A piece from Enduro Mountain Bike magazine:

7 things you should know about the Design & Innovation Award | ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine
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This might give you insight about the Design & Innovation Awards. A piece from Enduro Mountain Bike magazine:

7 things you should know about the Design & Innovation Award | ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine
If that is their goal set....they do a fairly bad job showing it.


Many of their winners and their descriptions look like an "I want this" list. The Santa Cruz Stigmata or the Whyte Wessex for example are both nice bikes--but the judges do a fantastically terrible job explaining what is so innovative or trendy about them as opposed to the 500 other CX or gravel bikes out there. The Whyte was a darling of Road.cc for a great ride at a pricepoint, IIRC, but the Awards don't say that.

Lightweight got an award for a set of wheels...that the judges couldn't even ride, on the grounds of innovation of manufacturing. Now fully-automated rim manufacture sounds good and all-but it still doesn't make Lightweights affordable (They're still $6,000USD wheels-just with an even high profit margin). And this ignores the matter that machine built wheels have been around for a long while-and the results in the past haven't been great....Did I mention the judge panel couldn't ride these wheels-only gawk at them?
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You mean this?

Dubbing your brand ‘Lightweight’ definitely dials up the anticipation levels for any gram-counting road aficionado, but fortunately this Friedrichshafen-based company has already cemented their reputation for featherweight products. Their latest carbon wheelset, going by the name WEGWEISER (which translates roughly as ‘pioneer’ or even ‘guide’ in English), lives up to the hype with their innovative fully-automated rim manufacturing. The rest of the wheel-building process is still completed by hand, surprisingly done at their home in Southern Germany. Although the DI.A test crew only had access to an unrideable prototype version, the judges crowned the WEGWEISER with an award for their pioneering production method.
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