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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.

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.

SAZbike 13/2016

New guidelines for the replacement of e-bike parts

The German bicycle associations ZIV, VSF, the umbrella organization for German industry guilds (Bundesinnungsverband) updated the guidelines for the replacement of e-bike parts published end 2015.

The guidelines are now available in a revised version. They aim at German bicycle retailers and workshops and serve as recommendation for e-bikes components (models up to 25 km/h or 15 mph) that can be modified at their’s own discretion and other components for which they need the manufacturer’s approval.

The recommendation has meanwhile become a major contribution to product safety. This is a point which was confirmed by the positive feedback after the first publication. Nevertheless, there were still suggestions and ideas for improvement of all interested parties. These were now taken into account and adopted in a new version.

The division into four categories is to simplify the replacement of the parts. Category one includes the components which must only be replaced upon approval of the vehicle manufacturer/system provider. Direct e-bike components, such as motors and sensors are listed in this category. Category two comprises parts, such as frames and forks which require approval of the vehicle manufacturer. The third category lists parts which require the approval of the vehicle or component manufacturer. Examples for this category are crank arms and tyres. Group four includes those products which do not require any special approval. (ds)

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