German Design Award for SM3 Pro Carbon
The SM3 Pro Carbon mountain bike saddle by Ergon got a “Special Mention” award from the German Design Council at the German Design Award 2014. This is Ergon?s third award at Germanys most prestigious design award.
30 design experts with backgrounds in economics, academia, and science evaluated the 1,900 entries between the 8th and 9th of August 2013. They considered the best and most ground-breaking projects and products, paying particular attention to their industrial design and communication of ideas. The aim of the German Design Award is to find and award trends in design.
The SM3 Pro Carbon was a recipient of a “Special Mention” for extraordinary design quality in the category Transportation and Public Space. This award commends products with special aspects and solutions incorporated in their design. This special mention is a very high acknowledgement to the company and its design team.
This is the third time that Ergon has received one of Germany′s most recognized design awards (in 2010 the GP5 grip was highly commended and 2012 the PC2 Contour Pedal). For the SM3 Pro Carbon it is the third time it has won an award, with a Eurobike 2012 Award and red dot award in 2012 already to its name.
“This award means a lot to our design and development team,” says Dirk Stoelting, Head of Strategic Design at Ergon. “This shows that we managed to develop a mountain bike saddle that is very modern from a technologic point of view as well as from a ergonomically point of view. To be honoured by this premium design award motivates me to push the design aspect in our company forwards,” says the 34-year old Industrial Designer.
The SM3 Pro Carbon is a from the ground up ergonomically optimized mountain bike saddle which combines comfort and performance in a brand new way. The innovative seat shell with optimized 3D forming offers more space for cushioning material around the seat bone area. The ultra thin and flex optimized carbon shell with isolated rails, and orthopedic padding offers progressive cushioning characteristics. The SM3 saddle is available in four different versions. Each version is available in three sizes. From 2014 on Ergon will also offer a special saddle series designed for Enduro: the SME3.
The German Design Council represents the German design scene and was founded 60 years ago. It focuses on industrial design across all aspects of commercial design. To be nominated in the anniversary edition has a special meaning, as it stands for 60 years of design culture.
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