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Stiftung Warentest has a dubious reputation in the bike manufacturing sector. The test of children bikes published recently, in which at best satisfying marks were assigned (SAZbike 8/2005), caused further displeasure. Despite the Warentest editors partly excoriating the products, manufacturers are firm believers in them – particularly as the test-methods are controversial.
Also bike-expert Dirk Zedler doubts the Warentest’s contact with reality. Especially the transfer of test-device-times to the kilometer-rate worries him: "With this, I always have belly aches." Frame breaches or even breaks have up to now never occured to Zedler in his work as an expert and advisor: "Material failure has never been a problem with children bikes. If it was, it often was caused by wrong assembly." With tests simulating long-term stress, you furthermore have to ask: "How long does a bike have to be usable?" All in all, practical relevance is important. "A real test is based on subsistent breaks." Unless something has happened in reality, you cannot reproduce it in a practical test. "I have to align my test devices with reality", explains Zedler.
SAZbike, 2019/07/18 and 14/2019