NORTH ATTLEBORO, MASS AND TAICHUNG, TAIWAN…
Todson, Inc., the U.S. distributor for Topeak bike products, recently announced that Topeak had won four prestigious red dot awards for 2010, including one “Best of the Best” distinction for the MegaMorph™ compact floor pump. Three red dot product design awards were awarded for the AirBackpack, RaceRocket mini pump and Mini 20 Pro tool.
The red dot design award, held by the Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany since 1955, is one of the biggest and most renowned design competitions in the world. This year’s competition evaluated 4252 products from 1,636 companies from 57 countries in three disciplines: “red dot award: product design”; “red dot award: communication design”. In the end, only the very best from the field of top-class participants are selected for the award.
“You can call it the Academy Award for designers and it still would be a bit of an understatement in describing what it means to win a red dot design award,” said Neal Todrys, president of Todson, Inc. “Topeak has always led the field in bringing innovation to cycling accessories. Winning these four awards is a testimony to how innovative some of Topeak’s products actually are.”
Here’s a little information about the winners:
Red dot “Best of the Best”: MegaMorph™ – The newest of the award-winning
Morph family of pumps, the MegaMorph is an innovative, highly-portable, folding floor pump for cyclists who want the most compact floor pump. Every design detail of the new MegaMorph has been streamlined to produce a minimized profile when
folded. Utilizing the same high-performance barrel as Topeak’s JoeBlow™ line of floor pumps, the MegaMorph pumps to 160 psi to fill road and mountain bike tires fast and features a padded handle, top-mounted fold-out analog gauge, SmartHead™ all-valve hose head, 360-degree swiveling hose and a fold-out footpad.
Red dot award; AirBackpack – Unlike typical cycling packs that use heavy foam padding for comfort and rigid plastic for structural stability, the new Air BackPack features lightweight, multi-channel air chambers located in the hip belt and back contact area to provide tunable comfort and rigid pack support. The internal air chambers are pressurized with an integrated micro pump and release valve which fold into the hip belt, allowing the wearer to make fine adjustments while on the go. These full-length, deeply channeled air chambers also aid in cooling the rider by drawing a continuous airflow across the back area.
The Air Backpack weighs only 675 grams and folds to a compact size for storage or travel. With space for a hydration bladder, tools, pump, clothing and more this ingenious pack makes mountain biking more enjoyable.
Red dot award; Race Rocket MasterBlaster – Intelligently designed to provide maximum performance, this incredibly powerful mini pump inflates up to 140 psi in one single action. To meet the needs of road and mountain bikers, Race Rocket MasterBlaster and its innovative SmartHead ThreadLock accepts Presta and Schrader valves and extends on a flexible hose – taking pressure off the valve stem when filling a tire. And to top it off, the RaceRocket is tiny in size and easily slips into a jersey pocket or saddle bag.
Red dot award; Mini 20 Pro – Topeak has taken the common cyclist’s multi tool and turned it into a mechanical work of art. This 20- function wonder contains all the tools a mountain biker could ever need wrapped in a high-strength alloy body. The professional quality, hardened steel tools resist wear and tear while the integrated cast CrMo chain tool makes quick work of any drive train repair. The Mini 20 fits in its own neoprene pouch.
“It is truly an honor to receive four red dot awards and it is especially exciting to be presented with a “Best of the Best” award for our new MegaMorph pump,” says Topeak President Louis Chuang. “Our in-house design team is very proud to have their ideas recognized by this international design award and confirms their commitment to the highest level of innovative design and quality.”
World Class Sports Accessories
Todson, Inc., the exclusive importer for Topeak for the U.S., is committed to providing the best in sports accessories to consumers around the globe. Over the past 16 years, Topeak has risen to become the top cycling accessories brand in the world.
In addition to Topeak cycling accessories, Todson is the distributor of renowned OnGuard line, the toughest line of power sport, bike and gear security products in the world. The OnGuard line is available only through authorized dealers. Recognized for their legendary anti-drill and pick-proof M-Cylinder mechanism and flat key lock system, OnGuard’s locks, whether key or combination lock, are tested, approved and certified to guard bikes or power sport vehicles the world over. OnGuard is the leading lock brand in Europe, in particular, Amsterdam, the bike theft capital of the world.
Todson has successfully marketed recreational goods for more than 50 years. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Todson specializes in strategic sales and marketing, distribution, brand management and e-commerce. For more information about Topeak cycling accessories and OnGuard Locks, visit www.Todson.com or contact Todson at (800) 213-4561. The company is located at 73 N. Washington Street, N. Attleboro, Mass.