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 09/1998
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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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