Giant's City Storm won the best bike of the show award at Taipei Cycle. The new Strida and Swivel-head folding bikes were runners up. All three bikes were designed by Brits.

Brit-designed bikes win top awards at Taipei show

Two of them were designed by the same man: Mark Sanders.

Sanders designed the original Strida nearly 20 years ago but it’s now produced by Ming Cycle of Taiwan and has benefitted from a great deal of product development under new ownership. The Strida is a huge seller in countries like South Korea.

Sanders has also developed Swivel-head folding bikes and these also won ‘best of show’ awards at Taipei Cycle, which finished yesterday. Sanders’ Swivel-head folding bikes launched at last year’s Taipei Cycle show.

The overall winner at this year’s event was Giant’s City Storm, an ‘integrated’ bike. This was designed by artist/designer Michael Young of Sunderland.

The City Storm is an integrated bike which features a front light built into a sculpted headtube. There’s also an integrated combination lock and a cycle computer integrated into the handlebars.

The City Storm – and Jango, the new Topeak bike – can be seen on this YouTube video about the opening day of Taipei Cycle.

In other news...

German bike manufacturer Derby Cycle becomes Kalkhoff

German bicycle manufacturer Derby Cycle is to be renamed Kalkhoff. “The realignment is intended to …