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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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e-bike 01/2015 Comment

Pedelec roulette

An admirable effort, state-of-the-art-and-technology test equipment and a long lead time to bring a test to a close: As test engineer you are virtually dreaming of the resources of Stiftung Warentest. The German foundation is according to Dr. Brackemann, the Divisional Director Testing, also committed to showing the cycle industry the way in testing.

The partly weird StiWa results which do not reflect what happens on the roads counteract, however, this reasonable attempt. There is no doubt that many pedelecs have some room for improvement in terms of operational safety. But being one year test winner and ending up last in the following year seems to manufacturers like roulette. With test criteria being not really transparent and results nearly incomprehensible, manufacturers with high demands on quality will be alienated and consequently not in a position of learning from the tests. Low-cost producers on the other hand do not see themselves obliged to improve their products. In doing so Stiftung Warentest do not help anyone, which unfortunately also includes the consumers.

Author: Dirk Zedler

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