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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.

SWR - Marktcheck, May 22, 2018
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Low-priced bicycles at the test

Safety risks due to assembly and quality deficiencies

Dirk Zedler, expert for bicycle technology
Dirk Zedler, expert for bicycle technology

Are cheap bicycles a safety risk? That’s what we want to verify by a sample. We examine four models carefully:

  • one bicycle, brand Talson, bought at the European hypermarket Real at 165 Euro
  • one city bike from Decathlon for almost 200 Euro
  • one bicycle of manufacturer KS-Cycling, bought at Lidl at 239 Euro
  • one bicycle from Otto-Versand reduced from 349 to about 260 Euro.

Field test assembly

Valerie and Lea test the bicycles for us. But first of all they have to be assembled, which is easier said than done.

  • The Lidl bicycle: Assembly instructions are supplied, but the necessary tools are missing.
  • The Decathlon bicycle: The assembly instructions are missing and the tools supplied are good for hardly anything. It is only with a quality tool that the screw for adjusting the handlebar can be released.
  • The Real bicycle: There are comparatively a lot of parts to be assembled, but assembly instructions are also supplied. In spite of that our tester does not succeed in adjusting the handlebar – the screw cannot be tightened appropriately.
  • The Otto bicycle: The bicycle assembly is not a problem. Unfortunately, our tester finds a defective part: The front lamp is broken off at its mount – presumably during transport.

Road safety test in the laboratory

The expert for bicycle technology Dirk Zedler examines our bicycles carefully.


Read the entire article here.

Author: SWR
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