A current WDR program by Yvonne Willicks checking everyday household objects ("Haushaltscheck") reports 45 minutes about two-wheelers. The TV presenter rode a race by bicycle against her camera team by car (and won in congested Cologne), attended shows, had herself informed about e-bikes and three of them tested by bicycle expert Dirk Zedler. One of the e-bikes failed the test completely. Zedler’s response to the question why this could happen was that e-bikes were currently tested in accordance with the insufficient City bike standard EN 15194 and that this would allow even weak models to pass the tests. According to the information available to SAZbike, this will change soon.
"The EN 15194 standard has meanwhile been adapted to the higher loads acting on e-bikes. The new EN 15194 will be published in the following months, a final drawing being however already available and used by many suppliers," explains Siegfried Neuberger, managing director of the German bicycle association ZIV. In addition, the report deals with bicycle repair and the current traffic situation. All in all the entire report was a nice plea for cycling combined with the call on politics to provide improved conditions for cycling. The magazine K1 showed a 17-minute-long report exclusively about pedelecs, actually about three different ones from the categories cheap from the internet (below 500 Euro), from the DIY store (approx. 1,100 Euro) and one from the specialist bike shop (approx. 1,750 Euro). The report collected the subjective impressions of amateur testers, before the electric bicycles underwent more professional tests by bicycle expert Ernst Brust. During these tests in particular the cheapest model turned out to be scrap, whereas the other two models were rated "good" by Brust.