Benelux Countries Elected Bikes of the Year
AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS – In two separate events the Dutch and Belgium industry organizations announced their bikes, e-bike and speed e-bikes of the year.
In the Netherlands the industry association RAI reported a record number of 44 participant for three awards. Some nine brand joined this competition for the first time. This election saw its 29th edition this year. The jury elected the Batavus Quip as bike of the year. This trendy bike for everyday cycling was chosen for its high functionality in combination with design. The Giant Elegance E+ 1 Deluxe won the e-bike of the year competition. “Featuring the Yamaha’s 60Nm mid motor and Giant’s Sync drive software in combination with a low point of gravity makes it a perfect e-bike for a wider audience,” the jury wrote in its report. See all bikes at the bottom of this page.
Although the sales volumes are still small in volume in the Netherlands, the RAI decided to organize the speed e-bike awards for the second time in order to show the market the latest development in this high potential product category. The Gazelle CityZen Speed was elected speed e-bike of the year in the Netherlands. According to the jury, “this Gazelle is most suitable for commuting on a speed e-bike as the Bosch Performance line midmotor provides the necessary support. This speed e-bike matches the latest European regulations.”
Flanders’ minister of mobility and infrastructure Ben Weyts specially came over to Tour of Flanders Centre in Oudenaarde to hand out the Belgium bike of the year awards. The second edition of this election has been organized by the industry association Agoria and consumer organization VAB. No less than 61 bikes participated in this election. Best city bike was the Thompson City Tulsa made by the traditional Belgium family owned company Thompson. Austrian KTM won the award as best e-bike of the year for its Macina Tour 10 P5. Finally the Lapierre Xelius SL 700 was the best road race bike of the year.