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 02/2016
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Chain from another manufacturer?

Reader’s question

My Campagnolo 10-speed chain needs to be replaced. In the case of Campagnolo this requires, however, an expensive chain rivet extractor. Is there anything that speaks against using a 10-speed chain with lock, for example from KMC? Could this cause problems?

Reply by Dirk Zedler, TOUR technology expert and bicycle expert

In principle, there is no problem in exchanging chains from different manufacturers, but you have to observe the chain width. Compared to Shimano chains Campa chains are slightly smaller in width. If you change the make, the width of the new chain should be comparable to the Campa chain. If the chains are not identical in width, it may happen in particular in the area of the front derailleur that the chain does not run smooth from one chainring to the other. You then pedal abruptly without resistance and may fall in the worst case. An overview of the compatible chains and information on durability is given in the TOUR chain test published five years ago (TOUR 2/2011 or, search term "Rennradketten"). According to our experience, chain locks are no longer a problem today. Chain locks from Wippermann, SRAM and KMC are reliable are easy to handle.

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