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.

e-bike 01/2013
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Play safe

Comment on purchase advice for e-bikes

Anti-lock brake systems and electronic driving stability programs keep today’s cars safely on track, even if drivers come close to physical limits and make mistakes in addition. 

These widespread developments were initiated by spectacular reports in the press and on TV about the Mercedes-A-class tipping over during the elk test and Audi's TT sports car which happened to become instable at high speed in bends, when the driver took his foot suddenly off the accelerator.

Many pedelecs not even require riding manoeuvres at the limit to develop a dangerous life of their own. When you ride as you are used to at reduced speed, it suffices already to take off one hand from the handlebars to indicate for example the direction, to close the jacket or to push a button on the cycle computer that the handlebar starts to wobble. In the case of some constructions the handlebar wobbling doesn't stop from alone. The transport of bagages, as is usual for trekking or city bikes, exacerbates this problem in addition.

The fact that a thoroughly designed pedelec works reliably and wobble-free is proved by a few models in our tests. This does not even mean that these pedelecs are significantly more expensive or heavier. But the designers have to react without delay to ensure that all pedelecs become safer, thus preventing further falls. I strongly urge buyers to only buy stable pedelecs for their own safety.

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