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.

SAZbike online, 2014/10/01
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Judgement forces manufacturers into more significant designations

A far-reaching judgement which has only now become known could have far-reaching consequences for the German bicycle sector: According to a court decision of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court (OLG Nuremberg) of May 2014, the manufacturer is liable for damages, if the notice referring to the categorisation of the bicycle is missing in the user manual. 

The background: A boy 12 years old at the moment of the accident had claimed damages as well as compensation for pain and suffering after having sustained severe injuries following a fall with his mountain bike. The frame of his mountain bike had broken during the landing of the front wheel after a wheelie, i.e. a riding manoeuvre on the rear wheel only. The decision of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court (verdict of May 20, 2014, file no.: 4 U 206/14) is subsumed by the bicycle expert Zedler under one sentence: In the event, the user of a mountain bike falls due to frame breakage, the manufacturer of the mountain bike is liable (pursuant to section 1 (1), section 3 (1) lit.b of the German Product Liability Law) for the material and immaterial damage resulting thereof, if they have failed to point out in the user manual that the bicycle is not suitable for being used for tricks and riding actions usually possible for a mountain bike.

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