Koga Kimera wins Red Dot Design Award

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

by Mat Brett   March 27, 2014  

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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.

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Bike looks great.

You have to apply and pay for red dot "awards". The rejection rate is unsurprisingly not too high. Thinking

posted by vbvb [233 posts]
27th March 2014 - 12:48

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vbvb wrote:
Bike looks great.

You have to apply and pay for red dot "awards". The rejection rate is unsurprisingly not too high. Thinking

that's interesting, I didn't know that. The rate of winners to applicants is still fairly respectable: (from Wikipedia)

The number of applicants has been rising steadily. In total, the 2008 competition received more than 11,000 entries from 61 nations. In 2008, there were over 3.200 submissions from 51 countries for the product design prize (with 676 winning), over 5,800 submissions for the communication design prize (with 343 winning) and 1,900 entries from 46 countries (with 223 winning).

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posted by Jez Ash [100 posts]
27th March 2014 - 13:26

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Nice looking but quite heavy. 7.5kg according to website. For this price I'd lump for a Aprire or Canyon any day.

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posted by Shamblesuk [77 posts]
27th March 2014 - 13:50

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When the frig did 7.5kg become heavy?? Andre Greipel's Noah is heavier Confused

posted by s_lim [110 posts]
27th March 2014 - 14:12

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The CF SLX with ultegra is roughly same price and 6.7kg so nearly 1 kilo lighter.

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posted by Shamblesuk [77 posts]
27th March 2014 - 15:15

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vbvb wrote:
You have to apply and pay for red dot "awards".

Not exactly. You do pay to apply and you do pay if you win, but you DO NOT pay to win.

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posted by mikroos [181 posts]
27th March 2014 - 15:27

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Looks a fairly conventional bike design. With on-trend fluoro highlights. How much does Red Dot know about bikes? Did they actually compare it with any others?

posted by drmatthewhardy [304 posts]
27th March 2014 - 21:30

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Beautiful frame, would look stunning in matte white or naked carbon.

posted by belgravedave [169 posts]
27th March 2014 - 22:24

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weight is 7,2 for an Ultegra Compact version

posted by Martin1971 [1 posts]
30th March 2014 - 15:27

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