For a decade now, Bosch eBike Systems has been setting new standards with high quality drive systems for eBikes and using innovative solutions to shape the future of bicycle mobility. Bosch unveiled its first production-ready eBike drive system at Eurobike 2010 and commenced series production shortly after. Model year 2021 marks ten years that the systems have been on the market - a market that has developed rapidly and that continues to show strong growth. To celebrate this anniversary, Bosch eBike Systems launched a competition at Taichung Bike Week 2018: Pedelec manufacturers who install eBike systems from Bosch were invited to submit suggestions for innovative anniversary bikes.
The special anniversary bikes are only produced by the prize-winning manufacturers in limited numbers. One of Bosch's requirements was that certain predefined products had to be used. The winners chose the new Nyon on-board computer, available from autumn 2020, including for retrofitting by specialist dealers. The bikes are equipped with a special anniversary version of Nyon and the Performance Line and Performance Line CX drive units also feature an anniversary design. A Bosch jury evaluated the entries received across a number of different categories: Future Design, Unique Character and Bosch Heritage.
State-of-the art eMountain bike with an unusual design
The requirement in the “Unique Character” category was that the bike should be made distinctive by a very special and unique design.
Cube emerged as the winning manufacturer in the "Unique Character" category. The limited special edition of the "Stereo Hybrid 140 29" shows how eMountain bikes have developed in recent years. As well as Nyon, the latest CX motor is also installed, and the shifting system and dropper seatpost are all electrified and wireless. The chassis, wheels, brakes and tyres are perfectly adapted to eMTB conditions. A special High Performance Composite (HPC) carbon frame with sophisticated geometry and kinematics brings together all components to create a top-class technical virtuoso. The Cube special edition is limited to 99 units.
The eBike as a work of art, or "10 years of pure life"
The “Bosch-Heritage” category was about designing a bike that focuses on the special partnership between the manufacturer and Bosch eBike Systems.
The winner is French brand Moustache, which presents an anniversary model of the "Friday 28 Travel" as a work of art that represents "10 years of pure life". The anniversary bike echoes a special story from the early days of cooperation between the two brands: Bosch's Account Manager responsible for Moustache rode an eBike from the former Bosch production site in Mondeville to the headquarters of Bosch eBike Systems in Reutlingen, also paying a visit to Moustache in Rambervillers, where the business was founded.
In the Hidden Power concept, the manufacturer of the “smiling machines” has elegantly incorporated a Bosch PowerPack 500 into the frame. In addition, the special "Friday 28 Travel" model has space for additional batteries, enabling the route from Mondeville to Reutlingen to be covered without having to recharge. Ten very special bikes will be produced, each with an individual paint job designed by the two artists Vincent Loisy and Loick Gravier alias Sakew. The bikes are to be auctioned off, with the revenues going to good causes.
Lean and powerful on a variety of terrains
The aim was to produce an eBike concept with new and intriguing design features for the “Future Design” category. Specifically, design features that don’t conform to existing design standards.
Cannondale won the "Future Design" category with a special model of the "Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty LE". In visual terms, this racer appears particularly lean and powerful with the perfectly integrated Performance Line CX and the black and copper paint finish. To ensure speed is equalled by comfort on all surfaces, the eGravel bike has concealed full suspension with 30 mm of sprung travel. It is designed for versatile riders who do not want to be limited to a single application or a specific terrain. The special model of the "Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty LE" will be available in a limited edition of 50 from the middle of September 2020 at European Cannondale retailers.