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E-bike agenda: Exchange parts catalogue and centralised complaints

A central complaints system and an exchange parts catalogue – these are the issues set on top of the e-bike agenda 2016 of the VSF (German association of self-governing cycle companies).

The details are explained to the manufacturers by Andreas Luebeck. On the occasion of the annual meeting last year in Bad Boll, the VSF-dealers had expressed their wish to work out an e-bike agenda. The items of the agenda have meanwhile been substantiated by representatives of VSF together with selected manufacturers.

The exchange parts catalogue is intended to provide the dealers with more security when they want to adapt an e-bike to the wishes of their customers. The CE-marking stipulates that you are only allowed to exchange e-bike components after they were approved by the manufacturer. Series tests and type examinations are requested by the product liability law. "Conducting these tests together is for the manufacturers easier and less expensive than conducting them on their own", states Luebeck.

As a first step it is intended to develop together with the manufacturers involved that part of the exchange parts catalogue that lists the components which can be replaced in view of making ergonomic changes to the vehicle in view of adapting it to the cyclist. This part of the catalogue is planned to be ready until spring 2015. It includes first of all handlebar/stem-combinations and grips, saddles and seat posts as well as adjustments in terms of the gear ratio.

Dirk Zedler of the Zedler institute pointed out the long-term effect. If the manufacturer was forced to grant by tests for example the safe use of five certain tyres on a certain rim from their brand, you would obtain longer product cycles, less manufacturers, less variants and better quality.


Author: Verena Ziese

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