All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, technology and safety in the press

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.

For many years now the Eurobike Show Daily accompanying the annual international Eurobike Show has given us the opportunity to publish our perspective on major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent lectures about all topics relating to bicycle technology and bicycle market. In addition, we are regularly cited by further special-interest magazines or trade journals as well as more and more by radio and television and in their media reports, which shows us that we are completely right with our information. The section NEWS informs you about the latest news from our specialist fields. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to topics of interest.

Trekkingbike 03/2006
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Lightweight constructions

Interview with graduate engineer Dirk Zedler, bike expert, Ludwigsburg

How do today's manufacturing processes influence the construction of frames and components?

Due to high quantities, up-to-date aluminium tubes have become cheaper. At the same time, a transfer of technology from the  high-end-sector is taking place. A current trekkingbike-frame approximately matches a mountainbike- or roadbike-frame from two years ago: Tubes with thin walls, integrated headsets and cable laying, forks for ahead-systems and multifunctional drop outs. All this reduces weight and at the same time enhances function and stiffness.

How can the consumer make out safe lightweight-constructions in the shop?

The frame itself is a rather uncritical component. You can safe quite a lot of weight here as long as you know exactly what you gonna use it for. As a customer, you should insist on a frame-warranty which is valid for as long as possible. You can trust in the reliability of brand-name-components taken from the mountainbike sector. They were made for much higher stress than they are usually exposed to on a trekkingbike. Very important: The tires. Meanwhile, there is a big choice of very puncture resistant, but nevertheless lighter and well rolling tires.

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