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.

TOUR 09/1999
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Caution, design flaw

Many stems do not connect fork stem and handlebar safely and firmly. The consequences can be devastating. TOUR scrutinized deficient stems and tells you how to identify weak parts – and how you can protect yourself from having an accident.

Have you once thought about what could happen if you braked shortly before a bend approaching it at full throttle – and suddenly the handlebars of your bike would fall off? Certainly a thought which you would prefer to push to the back of your mind. But this happens more often than you might imagine. TOUR, e.g., has found time and again bikes in various test fields whose handlebars could not be clamped in the stem safely, ie without the rider being able to twist them. In spring, one of our test riders witnessed the low point of stem quality. After having the handlebars adapted to his needs, he tried to clamp it. When doing so, a bolt tore the thread out of the stem. The same happened with a stem of the same manufacturer in the TOUR trainingcamp on Sicily. Luckily both defects occurred while standing so that no one got harmed.

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