Air Fom 2020 Edison Award Finalists


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We are proud to announce the Finalists for the 2020 Edison Best New Product Awards®.

These finalists were chosen as the "best of the best" by 3000 of the world's top senior business executives, academics, and innovation professionals.

The finalists are presented alphabetically by category; the order does not reflect ranking, merit, or preference. The gold, silver, and bronze winners will be announced beginning the week of March 16th, 2020.

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In honor of Thomas Edison’s 173rd birthday, the Edison Awards are honored to announce the 2020 Edison Best New Product Award Finalists. Following an in-depth review by the esteemed Steering Committee, the final ballot was sent to 3,000 innovation leaders from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.


The diverse groups of finalists represent game changing new products and services from many nations including; Australia, Israel, Canada, China, Dubai, South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany and The United States. “The 2020 finalist companies continue to develop new technologies that are solving some of the world’s biggest challenges and at the same time finding new opportunities to make consumers lives a little better,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director, Edison Awards.


Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world.



Grofa distributes Air Föm -Grofa vertreibt Air Föm

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GROFA® distributes and designs premium cycling brands in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Croatia and Slovenia.

Just in time for the Eurobike, Grofa has taken over the marketing of the Air Föm brand for Germany and Austria - the sales specialist from Bad Camberg announced this at the trade fair in Friedrichshafen.

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Air Föm is a Taiwanese company specializing in airless solutions for bicycle tires. Specifically, the focus is on foam-like, multi-layered inserts, which are used in urban bikes, e-bikes, mountain bikes and e-MTBs for 100% puncture proof resistance. Brand management for Air Föm has been taken over by Dany Vogts.

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Bike Rumor – Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding – inside your favorite tires



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Zach Overholt - September 11, 2018


As we race towards peak tire insert, we found a new one that’s gearing up for launch this fall. However, this is not your typical flat protector. Instead, it’s actually an airless system designed to allow you to use your favorite rubber tires. Since AirFōm isn’t launching until the Taipei show, details are still fairly limited, but the concept is pretty interesting.

Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding - inside your favorite tires

Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding - inside your favorite tires

One of the biggest differences between AirFōm and much of the airless competition is that it’s an insert, not a complete tire system. To ensure proper fit around the rim and to fill out the tire, the inserts appear to come in interlocking sections. It’s mentioned that only the larger MTB sizes use a three piece construction with the Energy, Backbone, and Foundation as shown above, the smaller sizes combine the Foundation and Backbone into one piece.

AirFōm claims their design mimics the ride of a pneumatic tire by using multiple foam layers and it is able to achieve about 60% of the rebound performance of an air tire.
Installed using tire levers, AirFōm also mentions a proprietary installation lubricant that is sprayed onto the tire bead to reduce tire/rim friction by 80%. But it also drys up in 30-45 minutes and won’t be reactivated by water.

With a claimed weight of 240-280g depending on the size, AirFōm is heavier than a tube, but it is impossible to flat. AirFōm also points out that their design uses materials that are not cross linked which makes them easily recyclable, though they’re also completely reusable.

AirFōm says that product will be in stores this winter, with more sizes offered in 2019.

Bike News Online – Air Fom launches new company for airless inserts for cycling



Duplicated from original article on Bike News Online.
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018


Close up of a bike tire with Air Fom airless inserts - punture proof - thorn proof bike tires.

Mark Peterman, industry veteran, is launching a new company at Taipei Cycle that will provide airless technology for all categories of bicycles. Air Fom is a product that is mounted into any cyclists existing tire by removing the tube and installing the Air Fom foam inserts.


Air Fom will provide airless bike tire insert technology for all cyclists that can be installed at your local IBD for an affordable price with pressure and ride performance close to air. Air Fom is a precision molded, multiple layer, hi tech foam insert that can be constructed to simulate different pressures. The patent pending design also allows Air Fom airless inserts to be lightweight. A 700 x 40c insert (60 PSI) weighs approximately 260 grams in comparison to the avg weight of a normal 700 x 40c tube that is 160 grams. If a thorn proof tube is used as a comparison Air Fom weighs much less. Air Fom inserts are rated to last at least 5000 km with a one year warranty.


Peterman is leading a Taiwan based company that will design, manufacture and distribute the Air Fom airless inserts product line globally. The product technology is patent pending with all products manufactured in Taichung, Taiwan using the latest in materials from Japanese sources.


All materials used in the Air Fom product are not cross linked and therefore are completely recyclable back to the original raw material for a fully closed product lifecycle loop.


Air Fom will begin manufacturing in Q4 of 2018 with shipments hitting shops early in January of 2019. The product line will address all categories; commuting, urban, E MTB, MTB and Gravel.