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., 2013/01/24
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Gold-silver-bronze-grey: Zedler presents own test seals for successfully passed safety tests

Since the end of 2012 Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH has issued test seals for successfully passed tests of mountain bike, road racing, trekking and pedelec frames and components.

Customers who have ordered tests at the Ludwigsburg company in 2012 and want the respective seals for their products, obtain these customized with their brand name and type. Why do we talk about the test seals in the plural? In this respect the "bicycle torture Team" around managing director Dirk Zedler has come up with some good ideas...

Because the new test seal is virtually subdivided in a ranking comprising four categories. According to Zedler, these categories are subdivided as to the requirements of the different safety tests.

A successfully passed EN or basic test is awarded with the seal in grey.

Bronze is issued to customers for fulfilment of the "advanced requirements".

Silver is awarded for "advanced plus tests". This category was introduced to meet higher loads acting on some bicycle types, such as mountain bikes and pedelecs.

Gold is awarded to products which have successfully passed the "multiload test requirements". Referring to this test Zedler states: "Multiload stands for block program tests reflecting reality much clearer than common single-step tests do, e.g. the EN standard." Multiload is already available for handlebars-stems and for seat posts, as both the research and the wealth of experience make such a requirement possible. Zedler continues: "In consideration of the latest research results we are currently working on offering multiload also for forks and frames in the near future".

Text: Jo Beckendorff

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