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.

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.

BIKE 04/2019

Of men and machines

No one tests like we do: It is an unequalled effort that we at BIKE make to rate fully-assembled bikes in a really objective way. Meaningful field testing and verifiable laboratory data result in a comprehensive, independent judgement. These are the testing methods of BIKE: a look behind the scenes of the most complex magazine tests worldwide.

MEASUREMENTS OF OUR TEST STANDS

1 Seating comfort: Flexible seat post, tube shapes and the fibre layering of carbon frames can make hardtails more comfortable. Our measurements detect even fine differences.

2 Central frame stiffness, spring characteristics of forks and rear triangular plus wheel trajectory curve: Our newest test stand from test institute Zedler measures all three criteria at the same time. This eases the testing at the BIKE lab.

3 Brake performance: On our in-house drum test stands we bring every brake to its limits and are in a position to deliver exact findings as to brake force and stability.

4 Wheel inertia: The weight of the wheels only tells half of the truth. With our measurement tools to determine the inertia we can state exactly how easily the wheels can be accelerated.

The BIKE test lab

Eight hours per bike and about 150 bikes per year: There is permanently intense activity in the BIKE test lab. Every mountain bike passing the test at BIKE has to complete a comprehensive full program and is dismounted to its individual pieces for this purpose. The other German cycle magazines of our publishing house (TOUR, FREERIDE, E-MTB and MYBIKE) also rely upon the valuable data of our test stands developed together with the test institute Zedler (...). About 600 bikes per year are thus guided through the comprehensive procedure of our test lab. An unmatched wealth of data digged up in thousands of working hours.

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Author: Peter Nilges


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