The focus of the ergonomics test is how the pedelec performs in everyday use.
A wide-ranging questionnaire covering battery and charger use, mounting on a car rear carrier rack, lifting the bike over standard steps or onto a load bed, pushing the bike and making the necessary ergonomic adjustments, and a test ride, are all scored.
>> Impressions ergonomics test (flickr)
For quicker processing and analysis of the ergonomics test results these evaluations are now being collected digitally from the start.
On the invitation of the ADFC Bayern, the testers came to Tanna and tested the pedelecs for their performance in daily use.
Helmut Hareiner, Technical and Traffic Officer for the Fürstenfeldbruck regional branch of the ADFC explained his participation: “At the ADFC we run cycle technology courses, and there are frequently questions about electric bikes. Here at the ergonomics test I can get to know a wide variety of drive systems, and this will enable me to give informed recommendations which reflect the latest state of the art.”
Monika Hereth from electric bike specialist dealer ebike-hereth said: “I think it is fantastic that so many manufacturers have submitted bikes with belt drive. Previously we’d had almost no experience of this; now we’ve added belt drive bikes to our 2015 range.”
This practical testing season has now closed, and after analysis of the measured data, the test results will be published in the ExtraEnergy Magazine in Spring 2015.
Copy and picture: Angela Budde
Translation: Peter Eland (www.velovision.com)
9 December 2014