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DIN-EN and German product testers keep an eye on riding stability of e-bikes

In the latest newsletter of Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und Sicherheit GmbH it is pointed out once again that the most important tests for riding stability and active riding safety are discussed in the committee for standardization "for the first time in the history of bicycle standards" and proposed as a motion of the German committee in view of the renewal of the EN standards for e-bikes.

Furthermore, it is stated that the German foundation for comparative product testing (Stiftung Warentest) would test in future whether pedelecs are prone to handlebar shimmy and whether the oscillation also occurs under load. With this measure these institutions would finally fulfil long-standing demands of the bicycle testers.

As Zedler’s expert’s report experience had shown, accidents were often caused by instable riding behaviour: In some cases frame wobble would lead directly to a fall. In other cases it would make the rider overreact, for example by overbraking. This would also result quite often in falls.

Since 1994 Zedler and his team have been working on testing systems converting riding stability into figures. And since the past year further testing systems especially for full suspension mountain bikes and for pedelecs had been developed and used.

Text: Jo Beckendorff/Zedler institute
Photo: Zedler institute

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