Milestones of Zedler-Group

2016

Award as Top Ten Company 2016 in the state prize for young companies of L-Bank and the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg

2016

Award as one of 5 finalists from Baden-Wuerttemberg in the competition "Grand Prix of Small and Medium Business" 2016 of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation

2016

The guidelines on the replacement of parts on pedelecs up to 25 km/h developed by Zedler-Institut (together with the German service and bicycle association (VSF), the German Bicycle Association (ZIV) and the Federal Guild Association (BIV)) are updated

2016

Foundation of GDFS – Gesellschaft der Fahrrad-Sachverständigen mbH, date of foundation: August 1, 2016

2016

Reaching the top 20 of companies competing for the state prize for young companies in 2016 (Landespreis für junge Unternehmen 2016) of L-Bank and presentation of the company in front of the jury

2016

Starting signal for the construction of the new, energy-efficient and employee-friendly company building

2016

Nomination by the City of Ludwigsburg for the competition "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" (Grand Prix of Small and Medium Business) of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation and appearance on the jury list

2015

Dirk Zedler is elected "Hero of the new mobility" in Baden-Wuerttemberg, an award presented by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. The heroic deed: Dirk Zedler's commitment for a worldwide safe use of (electric) bicycles as an eco-friendly means of transport

2015

The team increases to 19 full-time employees

2015

The Zedler test laboratory meanwhile comprises 37 static and dynamic testing systems

2015

Pedelec user manuals made by Zedler pass through the control procedures of the 11-page check list of the market surveillance by the trade licensing offices in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia “without initial suspicion“, i.e. successfully.

2015

User manuals made by Zedler pass the PrSG control procedures of the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) without deficiencies, i.e. successfully.

2015

Zedler-Institut elaborate (together with the German service and bicycle association (VSF) and the German Bicycle Association (ZIV)) uniform guidelines for the replacement of pedelec/e-bike parts.

2015

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2014

Nomination by the City of Ludwigsburg for the competition "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" (Grand Prix of Small and Medium Business) of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation

Appearance on the nationwide jury list for the "Grand Prix of Small and Medium Business", from which the award winners and the finalists for the premier are selected

2014

Finalist in the competition "Umweltpreis für Unternehmen Baden-Württemberg" (Environmental Award for Companies Baden-Wuerttemberg)

2014

Award winner "Medium-Sized Company Award for Social Responsibility in Baden-Wuerttemberg 2014" for the voluntary social commitment of the corporate management

2014

First company to take on trainees for the job as two-wheel mechatronic technician, subject bicycle, in Baden-Wuerttemberg

2014

Public appointment and swearing-in of graduate engineer Dirk Zedler as an expert for bicycles and electric bicycles at the CCI Stuttgart

2014

Introduction and commissioning of the to our knowledge first dynamic fatigue testing system for handlebar-stem systems and fork

2014

The new BCS testing system is presented. For the first time it is possible to put into figures the three essential riding behaviour parameters of a full-suspension bicycle frame with a single testing system

2014

The Technical Documentation department extends the range of languages offered to more than 36 languages

2013

A second set of three more basic zedler.de-testing systems is set up in the test laboratory

2013

Participation in the DIN committee for bicycles

2013

Dirk Zedler again member of the advisory committee of the German foundation for comparative product testing (Stiftung Warentest) in Berlin

2013

The German book "Die Rennrad-Werkstatt für Profis" is published in English ("Advanced Road Bike Maintenance")

2013

Sponsoring membership in VSF g.e.V.

2013

Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH establish an educational partnership with three schools in Marbach upon Neckar

2013

More than 100 manufacturers are part of Zedler’s user manual customer list

2013

The Technical Documentation department extends the range of languages for their user manuals to more than 30 languages for customers all over the world

2013

User manuals of Zedler customers are put to the test in France. In France the EN standards (and the future ISO 4210 standard) were turned into law by decree. Zedler manuals are checked for compliance with the standards by stately authorized test laboratories in France (e.g. Pourquery, Lyon). Compliance with the standards is confirmed for the user manuals.

2013

The Expert’s Report division draws up more than 750 reports per year for courts, insurers, companies and private individuals

2013

116 bicycle/pedelec user manuals tested by the German product testers (Stiftung Warentest) (test 2013-06):
"very good" – not awarded
"good" – 6 user manuals, 5 are made by Zedler-Institut
"satisfactory" – 5 user manuals, none made by Zedler-Institut
"inadequate" – 5 user manuals, none made by Zedler-Institut

2013

Development of special pedelec testing systems and commitment to special-interest magazine e-bike – DAS PEDELEC-MAGAZIN

2012

The first Zedler newsletter is sent to more than 1,000 specialists from the bicycle industry

2012

The user manual portfolio is extended to 30 languages

2012

Professionalisation in the field of SAFETY testing services: Customers in the field of testing services obtain Zedler test seals in four categories

2012

Expansion of the test laboratory, completion and setting up of further new, dynamic zedler.de testing systems

2011

Start of the active involvement in Innovationsnetzwerk Elektromobile (innovation network electromobiles) of the City of Ludwigsburg

2011

Start of the active involvement in the program committee of Bike Development Conference


2011

Winner of the statewide competition honoring Baden-Wuerttemberg’s most bicycle friendly employer

2nd place in the national competition honoring Germany’s most bicycle friendly employer

2011

The range of languages offered by the Technical Documentation department is extended by new languages (such as Croatian and Hungarian) to all in all 24 languages

2011

Publication of the first edition of the third book "Die Rennrad-Werkstatt für Profis" ("Advanced Road Bike Maintenance")

2011

First involvement as member of advisory committee of the German foundation for comparative product testing (Stiftung Warentest) in Berlin

2011

Jury member for Eurobike iF Design Award

2011

Commissioning of further dynamic testing systems of the SAFETY series (fatigue and impact (crash test))

2010

The first user manual system is developed; it comprises 18 languages

2010

The German book "Die Rennrad-Werkstatt" is published in Spanish ("La bicicleta de carretera / Manual de mantenimiento y reparación")

2010

Foundation of Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH
- development and construction of dynamic testing systems
- installation of production capacities for bicycle testing systems
- establishing and setting up of a large dynamic test laboratory for testing services ordered by customers from Germany as well as the whole of Europe, Asia and the USA.
In addition, this company continues the business activities of C. Zedler – Technische Dokumentation. New team members are recruited

2009

14 bicycle/pedelec user manuals tested by the German product testers Stiftung Warentest (test 2009-05):
"very good" – 4 user manuals, 3 made by Zedler-Institut
"good" – 3 user manuals, 1 made by Zedler-Institut
"satisfactory" – 7 user manuals, none made by Zedler-Institut

2009

The production capacities for bicycle test stands are expanded due to an increasing demand for zedler.de test stands by customers in Germany, Europe and Asia

2009

Start of the cooperation in the program committee of the German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM)

2009

The range of languages offered by the Technical Documentation department is extended to 16 languages (among others Arabian, Chinese simplified and traditional, Japanese, Korean)

2009

Recruitment of the 10th full-time team member

2008

The Expert’s Report division draws up more than 400 reports per year for courts, insurers, companies and private individuals

2008

Zedler archives comprising data on department store bicycles exceed 10,000 data sets

2007

Appointment of Dirk Zedler as a voluntary examiner into the board of examiners "bicycle technician" of the CCI Stuttgart region

2007

Re-equipment and enlargement of the test laboratory of Delius Klasing-Verlag (Europe’s leading bicycle magazines) with zedler.de test stands

2006

For the first time active as consultant in the master class at Bundesfachschule für Zweiradtechnik (federal school for two-wheel technology) in Francfort, from this year on annual activity as consultant

2006

A new frame testing system measuring comfort is developed and introduced thus changing bicycle development

2005

Foundation of the partner company Claudia Zedler – Technische Dokumentation
From now on this branch of Zedler-Group is in charge of the development of user manuals for bicycles and accessories

2005

The German book "Die Rennradwerkstatt" ("Road bike Maintenance and Repair Manual") is published in French and Dutch

2004

First company in Baden-Wuerttemberg to take on trainees for the job as bicycle mechanic

2002

Publication of the first edition of the second book “Das Rennrad im Selbstaufbau” (How to assemble your road bike by yourself)

2002

Extension of the Zedler test laboratory by further test stands: Test stand frame precision, test stand hardness

2001

Recruitment of the first full-time team member

2001

The first edition of the first German book “Die Rennradwerkstatt” (Road bike Maintenance and Repair Manual) is published and becomes one of the most successful bicycle repair books on the market

1999

Further lectures at various industry shows and events

1998

Lecture at the industry show fahrrad.markt.zukunft. Issue: Instruction – product safety

1997

Development and use of zedler.de testing systems for the testing of bicycle frames made of carbon involved in accidents for the drawing up of expert’s reports

1997

Intensified commitment to the media; consultancy contract with the market leading German cycle magazines BIKE, FREERIDE, TREKKINGBIKE and TOUR of the German publishing house Delius-Klasing Verlag

1996

Lecture at IFMA (International bicycle and motorcycle show). Issue: Bicycle safety

1995 / 1996

Participation in the DIN committee for bicycles

1995

Work upon order: Concept, photography and texting of the trend-setting user manual for the second largest purchasing association for bicycles in Germany

1995

Recruitment of the first part-time team member

1994

Construction of the first bicycle test stands for TOUR – Europas Rennrad-Magazin Nr.1, sparking off the stiffness tests for sports bicycles. Coining the term STW (stiffness-to-weight-factor)

1994

Dirk Zedler starts cooperation with Europe’s most important bicycle magazine TOUR – Europas Rennrad-Magazin Nr.1

1994

Public appointment and swearing-in as an expert for bicycles at CCI Stuttgart

1993

Foundation of Ingenieur- und Sachverständigenbüro für Fahrradtechnik in Ludwigsburg

1991

Employed business manager of a large cycle shop specialising in triathlon and road bike customers

1991

Completion of Dirk Zedler’s studies as graduate engineer

1987

Construction of the first disc wheel cover made of GRP. These disc wheels were good enough to win, among others, European and German championship races

1986

Thesis on carbon

1985

Dirk Zedler’s first triathlon. In the following years: numerous triathlon and road races until 2010

Starting
from 1984

Studies at the University of Technology Karlsruhe, automotive and product engineering

1983

Allgemeine Hochschulreife (German university-entrance diploma)
At the same time training as car mechanic in the company of his parents (driving school), without certificate