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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.

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TOUR 09/1998
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Caution, vicious!

Squealing brakes, worn rims – Shimano’s first generation of nine-speed-brake shoes eat away some rims. This is no longer the case with the new ones, but the first edition is still on sale. Who assumes liability for damages? A TOUR background report. 

Hagen Kretschmar from Bad Honnef paid some 4,500 Marks for the road bike he bought shortly before his Easter training camp. But he could not long enjoy the pleasure of his new bike. Already during his first ride in the Northern Italian mountains a big deficiency manifested itself: When riding downhill at high speeds the brake performance of Shimano’s nine-speed-brake pads left a lot to be desired. They made a strange noise while braking as if somebody rubbed the rim with sandpaper. When Kretschmar looked for the reason of this noise, he could not believe his eyes: There were deep grooves in the rims of the aerodynamic Mavic Cosmic wheels, the brake pads were covered with aluminium chippings.

Author: Dirk Zedler

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