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In our daily work as we deal with bicycle safety, technology and user manuals we come across lots of safety risks. The most frequent ones are published in articles of the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR – Europas Rennrad-Magazin Nr. 1, BIKE – Das Mountainbike Magazin Europas Nr. 1 and E-Bike – Das Pedelec-Magazin to make this information important for the sector accessible to a wider public.

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SAZbike 2017/06/27
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Pedelecs tested by German Broadcasting NDR: all three of them dangerous!

The NDR magazine "Markt" on June 26 tested three electric bicycles together with Zedler-Institut. Dirk Zedler found severe deficiencies on all three bicycles.

Zedler in the NDR magazine

The following bicycles were tested: The Mifa aluminium electric pedelec at 674 Euros from an online retailer, the Zündapp Greene 2.0, aluminium city e-bike from Real at 868 Euro and the Fischer City EcoLine from Conrad at 999 Euro. Dirk Zedler, the expert for bicycle technology, tested among other things the simplicity of assembly, the braking force and the stability of the frame.

Zedler found severe safety deficiencies on all three models. One handlebar rotated in the fork steerer tube, one brake cable was loose, another brake was simply too weak. In the case of one model, the motor power was too weak, in the case of another model, the motor propelled too long, although the rider had already stopped pedalling. Another model lacked the device switching off the motor with the activation of the brake lever. According to NDR, Zedler recommended spending 2000 Euro at least for a pedelec bought in a specialist shop, because they were much safer.

Author: Tillman Lambert

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