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Koga Kimera wins Red Dot Design Award

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 been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Martin1971 | 9 years ago
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weight is 7,2 for an Ultegra Compact version

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belgravedave | 9 years ago
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Beautiful frame, would look stunning in matte white or naked carbon.

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matthewn5 | 9 years ago
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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?

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Shamblesuk | 9 years ago
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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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s_lim replied to Shamblesuk | 9 years ago
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When the frig did 7.5kg become heavy?? Andre Greipel's Noah is heavier  7

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Shamblesuk replied to s_lim | 9 years ago
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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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harrybav | 9 years ago
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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.  39

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Jez Ash replied to harrybav | 9 years ago
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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.  39

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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mikroos replied to harrybav | 9 years ago
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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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