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.

ZEIT ONLINE 2014/07/08
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Look into state-of-the-art bicycle production

Yesterday, the science show Galileo on German TV showed an interesting film on bicycle production in Germany and China. 

During the film it becomes clear: Even bicycles with a German name are made from components coming mainly from the Far East. In Germany, they are painted, assembled and receive their final equipment.

The Chinese production plants build completely assembled bicycles mainly for the Japanese and American markets. Since the introduction of the European anti-dumping duty the import of completely assembled bicycles is no longer profitable according to Galileo. As the EU imposes a 48.5 percent duty on each bicycle.

Rather impressive is the test in the test laboratory of bicycle expert Dirk Zedler at the end of the film. The expert tests two bicycles which were brought along by the journalists: The one had been purchased in a specialist shop at almost 600 Euro, the other one had been ordered on the internet for self-assembly at nearly 200 Euro. The test results of the bicycle from the internet are disillusioning: Even the expert has problems during the assembly. The gear system is wrongly adjusted and the assembly instructions are illustrated with partly wrong pictures. In contrast, the bicycle from the specialist shop does not show any defects.


Author: Andrea Reidl

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