All about bicycles, pedelecs, 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.

SAZbike 18/2014

Three wheel sizes – a step towards more customer friendliness?

Offering bigger wheels for mountain bikes was overdue, according to suppliers. This created new buying incentives. And now? "26 inches are dead", says a representative of the industry in accordance with lots of other suppliers. Many insiders of the sector think that the smallest wheel size will have only a right to exist in the entry-level segment. But at present, no one knows whether or not the 29ers or the 27.5ers are the future size. Both sizes are available for the moment. To complete the confusion, a few manufacturers fall back on 26 inches. As the retail sector wishes no more than two wheel sizes, the confusion continues. And most of the fatbikes, the new bicycle type, roll on 26-inch wheels. Read further below which size your supplier will offer in future.

SAZbike asked suppliers
The introduction of new wheel sizes has changed a lot on the MTB market. What are your experiences with them?

Dirk Zedler – Zedler institute
The situation is still a sorry one until the back and forth has settled. A non-reflective, as unadjusted selection of the wheel size by the manufacturers has stirred up the market. This was unnecessary. The number of different sizes is not helping the stockage of spare parts.

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