Awards & Honors

NuVinci® CVP technology has been recognized as a game-changer by numerous organizations worldwide.  Some of the awards and recognition NuVinci has garnered include:



2011 and 2013 Honors from Bicycling Magazine

The Breezer Beltway Infinity was honored by Bicycling Magazine as Best Urban Bike in 2013 and Best Commuter Bike in 2011.

2012 North American Forst & Sullivan Growth Capital Investment Opportunity Award in the Powertrain Market

Frost & Sullivan stated: “The company exhibits all the features of a superior market participant that deserves close attention from investors looking for opportunities." 

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Chappelli NuVinci® N360™ Bicycle Wins Australian International Design Award

Chappelli Cycles, an Australian brand who has built a name for affordable “fixies,” was recently honored with a 2012 Australian International Design Award for its newly released model sporting the NuVinci N360 continuously variable drivetrain. Chappelli was among the more than 200 entries. Presented by Good Design Australia, the competition is Australia’s longest running design recognition program.

Bicycle Innovation Award at FietsVAK 2012 Show in Amsterdam

The NuVinci Harmony intelligent drivetrain, the first continuously variable shifting system offering the option of automatic seamless or manual shifting, won the Bicycle Innovation Award at FietsVAK 2012  in Amsterdam,  This award at the FietsVak Bicycle Show in The one of  the highest honors given by the country's bike industry, with manufacturers worldwide competing every every year.  This is the second Fietvak Innovation award for NuVinci technolgy:  The NuVinci Harmony incorporates technology included in NuVinci CVP bicycle drivetrains and.the initial NuVinci bicycle drivetrain model, the N170, won in 2007.

iF Design / EUROBIKE Awards: 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007

The EuroBike Awards, conceived and organized by iF International Forum Design, honor the best in bicycle design and are considered one of the industry’s most prestigious design competitions.   The NuVinci CVP received one of only 10 Gold Awards in 2008.  Judges cited the excellence of the NuVinci product’s engineering, its simplicity and its ease of use as major factors in their decision to honor NuVinci with the Gold Award.

VSF Award: 2011

Germany’s VSF Award is considered the “ride-quality seal” for bikes and bike parts that provide long-lasting, dependable service. It is awarded by an independent professional association of bicycle experts to products that reflect the highest levels of quality, value, innovation, functionality, and reliability. The NuVinci N360 drivetrain was honored with this prestigious label in September 2011.

TIPP Award: 2011

NuVinci Harmony auto-shifting drivetrain for e-Bikes was honored with the coveted TIPP “Milestone Award” as one of the year’s top innovations in the German bicycle market. Referred to as the “Oscar” of the bike industry, the Harmony system was awarded by the editors and readers of four leading German cycling magazines: Bike, Tour, Trekking Bike and Freeride.

The Patent Board – Ranks Fallbrook Technologies as the Top Innovator in 2009

The 2009 Automotive and Transportation Patent Scorecard, which ranks the top automotive and transportation companies according to the relative strengths of their patent portfolios, ranked Fallbrook as the leading innovator. 

Global Cleantech 100 Award (2009)

NuVinci was named a 2009 Global Cleantech 100 winner by Guardian News and Media and the Cleantech Group, providers of global services for the cleantech ecosystem.  The prestigious Global Cleantech 100 highlights the most promising private clean technology companies from all around the world: companies most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years, in the eyes of the world’s cleantech experts. The Global Cleantech 100 list recognizes companies at the forefront of cleantech innovation offering solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges.

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Popular Science Magazine: Best of What’s New -- 2007 Grand Award (Recreation Category)

Popular Science magazine awarded the NuVinci-equipped The Ride™ Performance Lifestyle bicycle by Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles its Grand Award in the Recreation category for Best of What's New 2007. The "Best of What's New" awards honor innovations that make a positive impact on life today and the future. Ellsworth was the first American bicycle maker to embrace NuVinci technology and design a new performance, lifestyle bike around the revolutionary, smooth-shifting CVP drivetrain.

Men's Journal Magazine: 2007 "97 Perfect Things"

The NuVinci-equipped Ellsworth The Ride™ Performance Lifestyle bicycle was chosen by Men's Journal magazine as one of the "World's Best Gear, Tech, Tools and Toys" of 2007. Featured in the magazine's annual "Style and Design/Perfect Things" issue, the bike was described as having an "elegant, curvaceous frame" and a smooth-shifting NuVinci continuously variable transmission that means "no more clickety-clacking, century-old contraption called the derailleur."

R&D 100: 2007 Innovation of the Year

The NuVinci CVP transmission was selected as one of the 100 most technically significant products of 2007 worldwide by R&D magazine. The R&D 100 Awards are one of the most prestigious honors in the field of industrial research. Winners are selected by an independent panel of experts and by the editors of R&D magazine. Entries are judged on a wide range of criteria, including potential to change people's lives for the better, level of improvement over competing technologies, and what the magazine describes as the "Wow! factor" - products that provide simple, elegant solutions to complex or long-standing technical or practical problems.

Fiets Innovative Award: 2007 Bike of the Year Award and 2007 Technology Innovation of the Year

The first European Commuter bicycle equipped with the NuVinci CVP drivetrain and the NuVinci CVP drivetrain itself were both honored with the top awards at the FietsVak Bicycle Show in The Netherlands. The Bike of the Year and Technology Innovation of the Year awards are the highest honors given by the country's bike industry, with manufacturers worldwide competing every year.

Interbike Show “Best of” Awards – 2004 "Most Potential" Award

James Huang, editor of Cycle News, honored the NuVinci CVP drivetrain with the "Most Potential" award. It was at this show where the NuVinci concept was first previewed to the bicycle industry. NuVinci was a prototype at the time of what was later to become the first commercially available continuously variable transmission for bicycles just two years later.