All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, technology and safety in the press

The most common safety risks that we come across in our daily work around bicycle safety, technology and operating instructions are also published by us in articles in the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR (Europe's road bike magazine no. 1), BIKE (Europe's mountain bike magazine no. 1), MYBIKE and EMTB in order to make this information, which is important for the industry, available to a wider public.

For many years now, the Eurobike Show Daily, trade fair magazine of the annual Eurobike Show, has also given us the opportunity to publish our view of major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent expert presentations about all areas of bicycle technology and the bicycle market. In addition, we are quoted by further special-interest magazines of the industry and the trade as well as increasingly by radio and television in their media reports, which shows us that we are spot on with our advice. The section "News" informs you about the latest news from our specialist areas. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to areas of interest.


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What causes battery fires or explosions?

How to prevent sudden fires of lithium-ion batteries? How do they last as long as possible? And what do I have to keep in mind for the disposal?

The lithium-ion technology has been a global success: Billions of batteries based on this technology are installed in smartphones, laptops, e-bikes and e-cars.
Lithium-ion batteries are valued for their high energy density - they can store large amounts of energy for a comparatively long time.
Fire risk with lithium-ion batteries

Caution with cheap batteries

If the battery has not been produced properly, there is an increased risk. Although no-name imports (e.g. in form of retrofit batteries) are often significantly cheaper than original products, they also bear considerably more risks.

Dirk Zedler is an expert witness for bicycle technology and safety; he prepares experts’ reports for the courts. He states that he has only handled losses with cheap batteries or replicas, so far in his career. His advice is to spend a few hundred euros on a good e-bike battery.


Read the entire German article online.

Authors: Alice Thiel-Sonnen, Alexander Winkler, Karolina Luttig, Sola Hülsewig

Photo: SWR

Watch the German SWR – marktcheck report from minute 18:06 and Dirk Zedler with his team from minute 19:25.