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.

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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