Eurobike Awards: 2016’s Best in Show Winners

Top products according to German judges — and RoadBikeReview

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The Canyon Sender DH bike made the cut due to its adjustable headtube functionality and MX rear link where shock leverage ratio can be tuned independent of anti-squat, anti-rise or pedal kickback. There are six possible head angles and chainstay configurations, which allow the rider to match geometry to terrain. Look out North America. Canyon is coming.

The Canyon Sender DH bike made the cut due to its adjustable headtube functionality and MX rear link where shock leverage ratio can be tuned independent of anti-squat, anti-rise or pedal kickback. There are six possible head angles and chainstay configurations, which allow the rider to match geometry to terrain. Look out North America. Canyon is coming.

Pivot’s Switchblade skipped past boost spacing and went to Super Boost. The net effect is an aggressive trail bike with 135mm of rear travel, 150mm up front, and the capability to run 29er or 27.5 wheels and 1x or 2x drivetrains.

Pivot’s Switchblade skipped past boost spacing and went to Super Boost. The net effect is an aggressive trail bike with 135mm of rear travel, 150mm up front, and the capability to run 29er or 27.5 wheels and 1x or 2x drivetrains.

The Uvex Jakkyl HDE is the among the slew of recent entrants into the removable-chin bar helmet game, and was one of the 12 Gold Award winners. The new enduro lid has 14 vents, a Boa tension adjustment dial, and comes in two sizes. The chinbar is attached by a pair of rotatable pins. It takes about 20 seconds to swap back and forth.

The Uvex Jakkyl HDE is the among the slew of recent entrants into the removable-chin bar helmet game, and was one of the 12 Gold Award winners. The new enduro lid has 14 vents, a Boa tension adjustment dial, and comes in two sizes. The chinbar is attached by a pair of rotatable pins. It takes about 20 seconds to swap back and forth.

The Ortema Ortho-Max upper body protector draws on the company’s motorsports expertise to create an ergonomic safety net for the rider.

The Ortema Ortho-Max upper body protector draws on the company’s motorsports expertise to create an ergonomic safety net for the rider.

WhiteStone’s WS 516 Lauf C is a fully customizable XC race rig with all manner of personalization options including getting your name on the bike. It also comes with an exclusive carbon Lauf fork.

WhiteStone’s WS 516 Lauf C is a fully customizable XC race rig with all manner of personalization options including getting your name on the bike. It also comes with an exclusive carbon Lauf fork.

The Alchemist X-Sense carbon wheels combine innovation and a cool aesthetic.

The Alchemist X-Sense carbon wheels combine innovation and a cool aesthetic.

Vaude’s Tsali AM Mid STX shoes blur the lines between cycling and hiking. They’re probably not exactly enduro friendly, but if you’re a bike packer or just like the freedom to ride and walk in one shoe, these could be the ticket. Features include a high traction sole, Velcro security strap, and waterproof material.

Vaude’s Tsali AM Mid STX shoes blur the lines between cycling and hiking. They’re probably not exactly enduro friendly, but if you’re a bike packer or just like the freedom to ride and walk in one shoe, these could be the ticket. Features include a high traction sole, Velcro security strap, and waterproof material.

Building on its VIAL Evo road line, AX Lightness gets awarded for the VIAL Eco XC, which features an 850-gram frame that’s built entirely in Germany. Complete bike weight is just shy of 15.5 pounds.

Building on its VIAL Evo road line, AX Lightness gets awarded for the VIAL Eco XC, which features an 850-gram frame that’s built entirely in Germany. Complete bike weight is just shy of 15.5 pounds.

The Komperdell Bike Protection Pack features a comfortable, lightweight, and well-ventilated design. Protection s focused on the neck, and lumbar and vertebrae area. And now on to a few of our personal awards...

The Komperdell Bike Protection Pack features a comfortable, lightweight, and well-ventilated design. Protection s focused on the neck, and lumbar and vertebrae area. And now on to a few of our personal awards…

The ND OVR is an aftermarket cartridge air system that’s designed to increase usable travel by up to 20 percent, while at the same time reducing pedal induced bob.

The ND OVR is an aftermarket cartridge air system that’s designed to increase usable travel by up to 20 percent, while at the same time reducing pedal induced bob.

Lastly one non-Eurobike award goes to Kind Shock. If, and it’s a big if, KS nails it with its LEV Circuit wireless (and cableless) dropper post, it’ll be a total game changer for this entire component segment. Here’s hoping they get it right and we can all say goodbye to the tedious task of routing dropper housing.

Lastly one non-Eurobike award goes to Kind Shock. If, and it’s a big if, KS nails it with its LEV Circuit wireless (and cableless) dropper post, it’ll be a total game changer for this entire component segment. Here’s hoping they get it right and we can all say goodbye to the tedious task of routing dropper housing.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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