Lukas Kaufmann places 4th in the toughest 24-hour mountain bike race in the USA, using the latest SUPERNOVA front light.
Lukas Kaufmann is a talented young mountain biker who has already caused quite a stir. SUPERNOVA has sponsored him since the start of 2020. He placed 4th in this year’s “24 HOURS IN THE OLD PUEBLO” in Tucson, Arizona, whilst using the new SUPERNOVA M99 MINI PRO B54 and was thrilled by the extreme brightness of the high beam.
The race track is in the middle of the desert, where there is nothing but sand, stones, and cacti. Lukas took part in the ‘solo’ category. Over 24 hours, he rode an incredible distance of 430km, with hardly a stop, gaining an elevation of 6,300 meters. By day, he had to battle a temperature of 30 degrees celsius. At night, it got so cold he couldn’t feel his toes.
Lukas Kaufmann was best Austrian at the European Ultra Mountain Bike Marathon Championship in 2018, won the Appenninica MTB Stage Race in Italy in 2019, and came third in the toughest mountain bike marathon in Europe, the Salzkammergut Trophy. Supernova is proud to sponsor him.
Text: Mary Jaksch | Pictures: Sportograf | Instagram: lukaskaufmann94
“At least: politicians put a rising value on cycling.“
Of all bicycle components, bicycle lights have been the most innovative in recent years. What is the reason for this? What does the future of cycling lighting look like? Interview with Supernova CEO Marcus Wallmeyer.
Why has lighting been the most innovative bicycle component in recent years?
In the last few years, bicycle lighting has gone through revolutionary changes, especially for e-bikes. Lighting changes have increased the safety of riders considerably, both at night and during the day.
These days, daytime running lights have become standard. The ultimate innovation, however, is the high beam. Everyone who drives a car uses a high beam and wouldn’t want to miss it. But for bicycles, a controllable high and low beam is a leap of innovation as significant as adding the first suspension forks on mountain bikes was.
Why is society putting a higher value on cycling?
In recent years, road safety legislation has permitted numerous innovations that enhance safety. It seems that politicians are finally affording cycling an increasing value because it is the most environmentally friendly means of transport. These changes have given lighting manufacturers completely new options, which has created enormous innovative power. But there is still a lot to be done, especially for bicycles without electric power. It would be essential to work on legislation for dynamos because there is not enough power for a high beam. This limitation is not due to technology, but due to the regulations. That is why I would like the legislators to continue implementing the ideas we propose through the Bicycle Industry Association.
Another reason for the higher value of cycling is that it has taken on a completely different significance in society. Years ago, talented light designers were simply swallowed up by the car industry. Nowadays, it’s ‘cool’ to work for the bicycle industry. You can find talented developers who are also bicycle enthusiasts. An excellent basis for innovation is working with people who are passionate about developing products that enhance their rides in their leisure time or on their way to work. The technology for developing new products is also now very advanced, which significantly shortens development cycles.
What about innovations related to cooling measures and more LEDs?
The phenomenal increase in brightness is due to the use of better cooling strategies as well as the use of more LEDs. It’s also possible to increase brightness due to complex light calculations and by optimizing the surface quality of the reflectors and lenses. Here at Supernova, we have been able to increase the brightness of headlights by 700% in the last three years.
What is the latest trend in tail lights?
The new trend is moving toward homogenous light with high luminance. Wafer-thin luminous lines make the tail light a styling element for bicycle designers. In the future, the tail light will become a light signature that makes a bike look stylish and makes it safer. Brake lights are also becoming increasingly popular.
What does the future hold for bicycle lights?
I think the integration of lights into the overall design of a bike will develop rapidly, as will the technical integration into the drive system. Bicycle manufacturers will use lighting as a design element to stand out from the crowd.
In particular, the e-mountain bike will probably come with lights ex-works in the future with bright power headlights integrated into a design that matches the brand’s corporate identity.
CEO and Designer Marcus Wallmeyer and Michael Fitzek, one of Supernova’s electronic engineers, were in Frankfurt today at the German Design Award 2020 ceremony to accept the Gold Award won by Supernova’s new M99 Tail Light 2.
The German Design Award is one of the most prestigious design awards in the world and enjoys an excellent reputation far beyond the professional world. With the GOLD Award, Supernova was honored for outstanding product design as the best in its industry.
The M99 Tail Light 2 is a revolutionary e-bike tail light with integrated brake light. It uses an innovative light technology, which raises safety standards to a whole new level. Here is the judges’ statement for the GOLD Award:
The rear light integrated into the luggage carrier combines driving and stop light at five times more brightness and represents an absolute innovation in its class. The driving light is pleasantly homogeneous and therefore very high-quality in a technical sense. The fact that the M99 Tail Light 2 is also the first road-approved tail light with a perfectly homogeneous signature makes it even more attractive. This turns a necessary functional element into a cleanly designed bike component, that is practically invisible compared to conventional external rear lights, making it blend harmoniously into the basic design of an e-bike.
After the intensive development work here at Supernova, we’re overjoyed to win this prestigious award. Serial production has already started and we’ll soon see the new M99 taillights on the road.
For this year’s Christmas season we at Supernova have come up with something special: We will go without Christmas presents and instead contribute to the effort to combat climate change. For our future generations, we will make the world a little greener with 1,000 new trees! How does that work? We support the Plant-for-the-Planet children’s initiative, which has been planting trees for our climate for eleven years.
The children’s initiative Plant-for-the-Planet
The founder of Plant-for-the-Planet is Felix Finkbeiner and in the foundation year 2007 he was only a nine-year-old. Inspired by the Kenyan activist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and her commitment to Uhuru Park in Kenya, the student decided to set an example for environmental protection. Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister of the Environment and Chairman of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), became the patron of the boy’s project. In 2008, as a UNEP Junior Board Member, Felix declared to the EU Parliament: “Every child knows that it is urgent to act”.
Every child knows that it is urgent to act
One year later, at the UNEP Children and Youth Conference in South Korea, Felix called for action and several hundred children from 56 countries stormed the stage to support him in his cause. India, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Germany – Over 100,000 child ambassadors around the world are now involved in Plant-for-the-Planet and Felix’s tree mission for the climate.
More than 15 billion trees all over the world are the outcome of the initiative until now. In collaboration with scientists at Yale University, Felix from Plant-for-the-Planet has learned that the earth is covered with 3,000 billion trees. His goal is to plant another 1,000 billion trees so that one quarter of the CO² produced by humans can be absorbed. 150 trees per person must be added to the existing 450 trees. To see exactly how many trees have been planted to date, visit the tree counter on the website and see for yourself.
Plant a tree yourself
You would like to contribute to this goal? You have two options: Make a tree donation in your name! Give a tree voucher to another person, which can be redeemed personally on the website. And talk about it!