SUPERNOVA´S M99 MINI PRO-25 wins the Design & Innovation Award 2018

We did it again!  For 2 years in a row, Supernova has won the forward-looking Design & Innovation Award with one of its latest products.  We are proud to announce that the M99 MINI PRO-25 is this year’s winner of the Design & Innovation Award 2018 in the category COMPONENTS.

Last year the M99 PURE won over the jury of the Design & Innovation Award 2017.  The Award is a real mark of quality in the world of cycling – awarded to a product only after the diverse team of international journalists, professional test drivers and industrial experts have run real and exhaustive product tests. This guarantees that the latest inventions of the cyclists’ world are thoroughly evaluated through intense testing phases.

Not being underestimated by car drivers anymore – this is a dream for every cyclist! The bright beams of the M99 series open up entirely new lighting dimensions due to the precisely adjusted composition of an LED matrix with a highly complex, tessellated lens. The development of the M99 reflector was sponsored as an innovative project by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Since its birth, the series has been awarded numerous prizes.

Naturally, the M99 MINI PRO-25 is now following in the footsteps of its product family. Not only did the model lose 50% in size and 40% in weight compared to its big brother, but also, we are truly proud of the fact that this small light is the first front light worldwide that has both a high and low beam and is compliant with the latest German road law regulations from 2017. As a result of those new and revolutionary legal changes, E-bikes up to 25km/h are allowed to be equipped with a high beam.

The jury states:

“The Supernova M99 MINI PRO has heralded a new era of E-bike lights by becoming the first of its kind worldwide to be equipped with high and low beams that are compliant with the new German road regulations. This makes it the first light suitable for trail riding that can also legally be used in road traffic. To achieve this feat of engineering, the 1.250 lumen bright M99 MINI PRO that is permanently mounted on the bike is filled with technology that is normally only found in automotive headlights. Instead of fragile moving mirrors, the design uses a matrix of LEDs that has no moving parts at all. The performance is, quite literally, dazzling on the trail with both modes giving a convincing performance. For any on- and off-road ventures on an E-MTB, the M99 MINI PRO is the perfect companion. Compatible with all current popular motors.”

 

Increased safety for cyclists and another award for us! THANKS to the Supernova team for their dedication and countless hours of hard work.  Great job!  Here´s to many more breakthroughs at Supernova!

 

Text: Myriel Hauser / Sandra Jaksch

First test performance: Supernova M99 PRO

CAR LIGHT FOR S-PEDELEC CYCLISTS

Testing Radtouren Magazin
Editor in chief Jan Gathmann

THE „M“ IN BMW STANDS FOR THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING.
FOR SUPERNOVA, WITH ITS ROOTS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN, M MARKS THE APOGEE OF LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY FOR CYCLISTS,
THE NEW M99 MODEL HAS REACHED A BRIGHTNESS ON THE SAME LEVEL AS CARS. OR EVEN BETTER, LIKE THE EXPERIENCED IN OUR REAL WORLD TEST.

To make road low approved meaningful light available to the German cyclist, the e-bike needed to be invented first. In the past few years, German road legal lights surpassed with each other with constantly higher performance. The quest for after the best road light for cyclists it is pursued by a small group of the best light producers. Battery lights that can flood fire roads with light or three hours are common and available for little money. Lights provide a clear cut-off line as well as a homogenous beam pattern to light your path in front of you- even if you cycle over 40 km/h – are rather rare. Lights provide a clear cut-off line as well as a homogenous beam pattern to light your path in front of you- even if you cycle over 40 km/h – are rather rare. The German road law rightfully requires this well-defined cut-off-line in order to avoid blinding other road users.

The challenge is to achieve the most light output from a small housing and reflector. The smaller the housing, the harder it gets to offer a clearly defined beam pattern as well as cooling.” With this size, that´s impossible” was the first reaction of automotive engineer first on the M99 developing goals of company owner Marcus Wallmeyer. Pictures of the beam pattern can be found in the gallery, counter proven that the mission has been accomplished after 3 years of developing time dedicated to the M99 series.
The peak model of this series is the M99 PRO for s-pedelecs. With its revolutionary 1600 lumen and its exceptional high beam approved by German road law. The M99 PURE version with its 500 lumen as well as the M99 PURE+ model with its 900 lumen* offer enormous by the luminous flux values. Since they hold the road approval in compliance with the ECE norm it is easy to retrofit these lights without any further tests to any compatible s-pedelec. The M99 PURE can simply be attached directly to the motor control of the second generation Bosch drives. Owners of Pedelecs up to 25 km/h have to be patient: from November 2016 the M99 Pure is supposed to be available in a special version for such bicycles.

*The update value is now 1100 Lumens

The use of high tech to develop this miracle of light made the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology possible. That´s why the reflector consists of 99 separately calculated mirror parts. The cooling fins of the strong one-piece housing is developed in a way that a chimney effect by the rising air is possible when the bikes is not moving. They have an important function to dissipate the heat energy of 9 automotive LEDs. These LEDs are connected to the e-bike control through a CAN-Bus system. This allows to adjust the light automatically to the current speed. By day time, the day time running light switches on all M99 models can be identified already from a far. Depending on the cycle conditions the light also regulates the M99 light output in order to save energy. While driving slowly the M99 PRO automatically switches into Eco mode and is performing brighter in the near field, however it switches to full power quickly when you speed up.

 

THE LIGHT EXPERIENCE

Even the adjustment of the M99 is way more easy in comparison to other bike lights. Easily done by using a spirit level in the horizontal position, that´s it. The angle of inclination of the reflector is already ok. This ensure glare free cycling while on the road. Headlight-flashing car drivers, fussing pedestrians – all that is a thing of the past. But also since the tested Bosch mounting (made of the high tech PCC composite) offers a proper steady (attachment) of the M99. The beam pattern is an eye-opening experience. Even the low beam only is already sufficient for standard situations on the road. The reach and width are on the same level as car headlights. No need to worry about where the next turn or crossroad are supposed to be, even from far they will be recognized. Your path in front of your bike is clearly illuminated so you can distinguish all bump easily. The beam is still a great addition to road illumination – like it would be for a car.

According to Supernova the M99 draw max 16 watts from the battery while in use. The theory equates speculatively to 48 Wh. during a three- hour ride at fast speed. This is basically only a tenth of the capacity of the latest drive systems on the market. In real life, power consumption will be much lower, because of its intelligent control, and it will only lead to a minor reduction in battery endurance. What makes the M99 PRO a class of its own is the high beam with full illumination above the low beam horizon. This high beam clearly illuminates even most remote obstacles and makes them stand out in the darkest night. In real life, the need to switch on the high beam actually only arise on fire roads in the woods. When it was switched on, however the smoothness, width and reach of the beam left nothing to be desired. An additional helmet mount light follows your direction of view – often used by mountain bikers tend to use – was not missing.

Conclusion

There is no need for more light in any possible situation than the German road-law approved M99 PRO can offer to cyclists. The haptics of this gleaming high-tech aluminum housing are amazing and knowing that it contains concentrated high tech raise the self-confidence on the road to a higher level. Even after having used the light for quite a while, you will still be surprised again and again by how naturally car drivers recognize the M99 user on the street. This alone is worth the price. Nearly the same effect can also be achieved with the less expensive M99 PURE model. By the way, the low beam is nearly on a level with a car headlight. Pedestrians doesn’t feel annoyed by the glare-free low beam setting. No annoying glare like even some low-power LED lights have. Finally, the obvious and outstanding workmanship as well as the integrated communications technology make the M99 PRO future proof.

Technical Data

Supernova M99 Pro, 449,00 Euro
Light for pedelecs up to 45 km, with road approval

  • Light output: up to 1.600 Lumen max.
  • Brightness in 10 m distance within 10 meter: 360 Lux
  • Reach according to ANSI FL1: 380 m
  • Weight: 244 g (incl. cable)
  • Consumption: daytime running light: 4 Watt. Low-beam 8 up to 16 Watt
  • Requirement fulfilled: ECE113 C for low beam and high beam, ECE87
  • Feature: speed-controlled Eco-mode, communication through CAN bus and further electric interfaces, brake signal processing directly from brake lever

Awarded: M99 PURE

SUPERNOVA WINS THE DESIGN AND INNOVATION AWARD 2016

Result of the more than 40-headed professional jury

„The Supernova M99 PURE has taken e-bike safety to a new level, offering an ECE road legal and off-road capable 500 lumen light that integrates directly into the bike’s main battery. The daytime running lights are a potential lifesaver, ensuring traffic is aware of a fast-moving e-biker approaching. Ninety-nine internal mirrors focus the main beam, putting light right where you need it without dazzling car drivers. Compatible with Bosch motors and many other six-volt drives, the clever integration means that you will never run out of power when you need it most. With a solid, beautiful design, the M99 PURE demonstrates the incredible potential of e-power.“

The Design and Innovation Award serves as a forum for creativity, visionary ideas as well as for the industry’s most innovative products. The Award is given to class-leading as well as extraordinary products or innovations. In contrast to normal group tests the expert panel of the Design and Innovation Award considers far more criteria when judging and awarding the products. The criteria are ethics, philosophy, design, performance, quality, efficiency, ergonomics and comfort, weight, workmanship, sustainability and visionary qualities.

We can do more than just being the brightest

A PASSIONATE PROJECT OF SUPERNOVA DESIGN GMBH & CO. KG

Many people don’t know that Supernova is actually an industrial design company that mainly builds bicycle and e-bike lights,but that is also active in other fields. The Waldmeister wooden bike is one of the projects we developed with the most passion, because we are cyclists at heart.

More information about our Waldmeister bike on www.waldmeister-bikes.de

Now, it has been photographed for the renowned cyclepassion wall calendar and joins the select circle of the most futuristic bikes on the planet.

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Cyclepassion Calendar 2016 - Inspired by Future

Walter Schmidt

OUR LOCAL MOUNTAIN BIKE PIONEER

When Walter Schmidt visited us seven years ago in our HQ in Gundelfingen and asked for lighting that would allow him to train for a 24-hour solo race in the USA at the age of nearly 70 years, we were astounded. But the calm gaze from his steel-blue eyes left us in no doubt: he was clearly a man of his word.

So without hesitation, we equipped Walter’s bike with one of the first Supernova E3 Triple dynamo lights. Ever since, he has been a faithful Supernova rider and a good friend. Over the following years, we gradually discovered that our modest “Bike Walter”, as he is known here, was one of the very first mountain bike pioneers in the region. The now 76-year-old former car mechanic and petrol station manager has not owned a car for the past 30 years but, instead, has been a passionate cyclist for over 60 years. In 1989, he rode from Seattle to El Paso on his Kuwahara Panther mountain bike. He also crossed the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness with his son on a trip from Anchorage to Calgary. In 2008, friends suggested he take part in a 24 hour solo race in Arizona. He instantly took a liking to it and the experience left a lasting impression on him, which led to his taking part again in 2009 and in 2012. His next adventure will be a trip from Arizona to California, including a small detour up Mount Lemmon with an altitude of 2,792 meters.

Race tested

THE PASSION FOR PERFECTION

At the 24H European Solo Championships in Finale Ligure, Italy it is beginning to get dark at 9 pm on this mild evening in May. The shadows are getting longer and the trees move in closer on the winding descents through the woods. The riders are mentally preparing for the night – their heartbeats accelerate.

Company founder Marcus Wallmeyer is riding his laps on the technically difficult race course with highest concentration. He is carefully registering how the light of the M99 prototype performs at every turn while passing obstacles and potholes. Are corners illuminated as well as planned? Are low-hanging branches visible? Do I need less light at low speeds?

In such situations, ideas are born that are a real benefit to the rider, like the field of view assistance software that perfectly adapts the brightness and beam shape to the riding speed, saving energy and making the ride more comfortable. No test station in a lab can simulate what a rider experiences. Standardized lab tests are necessary but for us it is just as important to know how it feels to ride with our lights, on the daily commute, on bike travels and in the toughest races we can find. After 176 km and 6,700 meters of climbing a hard, but fun testing day ends.

London to Istanbul

TRANSCONTINENTAL – THE 3300KM ADVENTURE

88 women and men started in the second Trans Continental Race from London to Istanbul this year.They attempted to ride the distance of more than 3000 km right across Europe without any outside support – an incredible adventure. Like in the previous year, there was no prescribed route, only three checkpoints: one in Paris, one at the legendary Stelvio pass in the Alps and one in Montenegro. Live tracking made it possible to follow the movements of all riders. You could see the main field getting into bad weather in the Alps while the leaders who did nearly 400 km of daily riding were speeding along the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea in sizzling hot weather.

Last years’ winner and Supernova E3 Triple rider Kristof Allegaert from Belgium dominated the race again and finished after only 7 days and 23 hours with a very comfortable lead. Richard Dunnett who had finished as strong second in 2013 steadily gained ground with his E3 PRO 2 after an initial series of five punctures. Richard fought hard to beat Josh Ibbett for second place and reached Istanbul after 9 days and 6 hours, a mere 35 Minutes behind Josh. At this time, the majority of riders is still 1000 km from the finish line –
the adventure continues.

Queen of the desert

The Race Across the West is a non-stop road race where the participants start from Oceanside in California and end in Durango, Colorado. They ride 1,390 km through California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado, which leads them through two deserts. They have to climb more than 14,000 meters.

Danish rider Eva Synnestvedt Hansen who prepared for this race for 2.5 years and who lives and trains in Freiburg, Germany not far from the Supernova HQ won this long distance race within the female overall category with a clear lead after 3 days and 4 hours, supported by a small but highly dedicated team of 3 helpers. Due to the enormous heat, the race was so tough this year that 2/3rds of all racers had to give up. Sprayed with cooling water every 500m by her tireless supporters, Eva did so well in the desert that she received the “Queen of the Desert” award.

Eva lost approximately 3 kilos during the race. She drank 8.5 liters per day.

Text: Eva Synnestvedt Hansen | Pictures: Rune Hemmingsen

Velosophics

RIDING ACROSS THE LARGEST SALT LAKE IN THE WORLD

A week ago we left La Paz. We are heading south and crossing through the interior of the Bolivian altiplano. Suddenly it lies in front of us: Salar de Uyuni – the largest salt lake in the world. We are standing on the last stony hill and are overwhelmed by the sight of the vast amounts of salt ahead of us. Over 10,000 square kilometres of blinding white swallow up the horizon. We had been speculating what it would be like to ride on top of a salty crust and now it is finally happening. Off into a surreal world! The experiences we share in the following days are without comparison. We’re faced with not only an altitude of over 3,600 metres but also a trail that will take us eleven days through unbelievable amounts of salt, deserted lagoons and a surreal desert landscape. The trail starts in the Southwest of Bolivia and ends right behind the Chilean border in San Pedro de Atacama.

The salt beneath our wheels cracks and makes funny noises. We try to avoid SUV tracks so we are not disturbed in our solitude. Luckily, it is easy to detect SUVs from a distance. To us, they appear like busy little ants. The area is incredibly quiet and peaceful, the air is crisp and dry. At night we are tucked in by a star-filled sky and the world is shut out with a white glow that looms on the edges of the hori- zon. We are speechless. The first two days on salty ground were pure indulgence. From then on 400 kilometres of piercing emptiness, without any sign of vegetation, roll out in front of us in addition to an increase of altitude to 5,000 metres, a temperature drop to minus 20° Celsius and scarcely a base camp in sight. It truly pushes the limits of our stamina, our equipment and our overall strength as a team. But we are prepared: we carry with us supplies that weigh no less than 25 kilograms and treat the forces of nature with great reverence. Day after day we go through extremes. We are constantly torn between agony and joy, between struggle and fascination, while again and again we reach our limits like neither of us has ever experienced before. Desperately, we push and pull our bicycles weighing 65 kilos through sand for hours on end. We scream our words through the wind and are infuriated when- ever we try to pitch our tents – the wind gusts are simply too strong.
 

Also, the water freezes to ice if you do not keep it warm with your body heat, plastic parts break apart and sand starts settling in our air pumps so we are no longer able to inflate our punctured tires. Despite all of our troubles, we do not despair because we feel blessed to be able to explore the exquisite natural phenomena this unique environment has to offer. We discover hundreds of pink flamingos crowded in breathtaking lagoons, and we pass by pulsating springs, impressive volcanic chains, and hot springs where we sneak in for a nocturnal bath. The colours we see cannot be described in words. After nine days we reach the Migraciòn. We leave Bolivia behind and step on to Chilean ground. The border officials are perplexed and ask: “Last week, we had the strongest winds of the year and you arrive by bicycle?” They couldn’t believe it but yes, we did. We went through the strongest winds of our lives. A few kilometres behind the border we suddenly stumble upon a tarred road. It is the very first after five weeks on gravel and dirt roads. Instantly, we’re filled with a childish joy and, blissfully, we fall to the ground. In 2012 and 2013, Lena Kleine-Kalmer and Hardy Handel crossed parts of Europe and Latin America with Supernova for a good cause. They tour the world to collect funds for the World Bicycle Relief which provides people in developing countries with bicycles. Find out more about their story and their project on: www.velosophics.de 

Text: Lena Kleine-Kalmer | Pictures: Hardy Handel