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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.

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e-bike 01/2015 Comment
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Pedelec roulette

An admirable effort, state-of-the-art-and-technology test equipment and a long lead time to bring a test to a close: As test engineer you are virtually dreaming of the resources of Stiftung Warentest. The German foundation is according to Dr. Brackemann, the Divisional Director Testing, also committed to showing the cycle industry the way in testing.

The partly weird StiWa results which do not reflect what happens on the roads counteract, however, this reasonable attempt. There is no doubt that many pedelecs have some room for improvement in terms of operational safety. But being one year test winner and ending up last in the following year seems to manufacturers like roulette. With test criteria being not really transparent and results nearly incomprehensible, manufacturers with high demands on quality will be alienated and consequently not in a position of learning from the tests. Low-cost producers on the other hand do not see themselves obliged to improve their products. In doing so Stiftung Warentest do not help anyone, which unfortunately also includes the consumers.

Author: Dirk Zedler

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