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BIKE 11/2005
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Bicycle production in Germany

Interview: "Large-scale production is impossible in Germany!"

BIKE: Why are there only low-volume manufacturers in Germany?

Dirk Zedler: There are no high-quality smithies for aluminium frames in Germany. Those which are produced large-scale most of the time are made from steel and are of marginal quality. Also small manufacturers sometimes make products of varying quality. This will become a problem if they do not offer accomodating service.

BIKE: Being a large manufacturer I cannot avoid Taiwan?

Dirk Zedler: There you get large quantities. If you instruct the producers of the new construction properly, you’ll most of the time get solid work.

BIKE: But no individuality.

Dirk Zedler: You have to differentiate here. Also big, innovative manufacturers, like Scott and Specialized, have their stuff made in Taiwan. The idea behind the bikes, however, is born in the development departments in their home countries. The frame fit is indeed made in large-scale production, but they have an individual design. In contrast to this, the purely German manufacturers have to try to respond to their customers’ demands with small quantities.

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