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NDR.de, 2017/06/26

Electric bicycles in the test: dangerous defects

Electric bicycles, also referred to as e-bikes or pedelecs, become more and more popular. Riding an electric bicycle is less exhausting than riding a usual bicycle and mountains are no longer a problem for older cyclists. Cheap pedelecs are already available at less than 1,000 Euros. The German magazine “Markt” compares three models in a sample:

  • Mifa Alu Elektro Pedelec from Mitteldeutsche Fahrradfabrik, bought from an online trader at 674 Euro
  • Zündapp Greene 2.0 Alu-City E-Bike, bought from Real at 868 Euro
  • Fischer City EcoLine, bought from Conrad at 999 Euro

The electric bicycles are tested by Dirk Zedler, expert for bicycle technology: Are the bicycles easy and safe to assemble? What about the functioning of the brakes? And how stable is the frame?

Conclusion: Expert recommends pedelecs from 2,000 Euro on
Expert Dirk Zedler is of the opinion that the tested electric bicycles from Mifa, Zündapp and Fischer have safety deficiencies which might result in severe accidents. The expert advises to go to a bicycle retailer and arrange a test run on a pedelec at 2,000 Euros and more. Pedelecs of this price category were good and safe.

Author: Franz Jägeler
Photo: NDR

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