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Redesigned road bike gets international design gong for "drastically improving" comfort

Koga’s Kimera Road Premium has been awarded an international Red Dot Award for Product Design.

Red Dot awards are given by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany to recognise design excellence. road.cc first reported on the new Kimera from last year’s Eurobike show. Check out that story for full details of the bike. 

Koga say, “The designers have achieved a drastic improvement in comfort and aerodynamics in the new Kimera without sacrificing the bike’s much-acclaimed stiffness/weight relationship. The visibly slimmer tubes and frame and fork integrated brakes minimize drag and give the Kimera a remarkable clean design. At the same time, the Kimera retains its own distinctive look through the slightly curved top tube and the monostay seat stay.”

The Kimera, which is carbon right down to the dropouts, comes with a PressFit bottom bracket and a tapered head tube (1 1/8in up top, 1 1/4in at the bottom). Koga have used a 27.2mm seatpost rather than anything larger to improve comfort. The cable routing is internal and the bike is compatible with a Shimano Di2 electronic shift system.

The new Koga Kimera is available at Koga dealers from this month in two versions: The Kimera Road Premium (which is the one pictured here and that we showed you before) and the Kimera Road Prestige.

The Koga Kimera Road Premium will be £2,599. It'll be available in two versions, each with a Shimano Ultegra-based spec. The difference is that one will have a double compact chainset and the other will have a triple.

For more information visit www.koga.com. If you’re interested in buying one in the UK, contact Maxtrack on 01531 890955, email info@maxtrack.com, or head over to www.maxtrack.com.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.