bike classification

Children‘s bicycles wheel size 16“-24“

Classification: Category 0

Kids bikes for paved ways like:

  • tarmac roads not used by motor driven vehicles and bicycle routes
  • ways paved by gravel, sand or similar materials (e.g.  re road, dirt road) not used by motor driven vehicles

In doing so the wheels have constant contact to the ground (-> no jumps, no riding on one wheel neither front nor rear, no braking that causes the rear wheel to lift up)

Parents/guardian responsibility:

The intended use (correct use of the bicycle), the instruction how to use, the control and the proper functioning of the bicycle are the parent/guardian responsibility.

Road racing bikes Triathlon- and time trial bikes Recreational and urban bikes

Classification: Category 1

Meant for riding on paved ways like:

  • tarmac roads and bicycle routes

In doing so the wheels have constant contact to the ground (-> no jumps, no riding on one wheel neither front nor rear, no braking that causes the rear wheel to lift up)

Cross and trekking bikes (also as Hybrid) Cycle cross bikes

Classification: Category 2

Meant for rides on paved ways like:

  • tarmac roads and bicycle routes
  • ways paved by gravel, sand or similar materials (e.g.  re road, dirt road)
  • paved hiking trails with only few roots, thresholds, rocks and drops

In doing so the wheels have constant contact to the ground or lose contact for a split of a moment due to small asperities like roots (-> no jumps, no riding on one wheel neither front nor rear, no braking that causes a lift up of the rear wheel)

Mountainbike with suspension fork (also as Hybrid)

Classification: Category 3

Meant for riding on ways like:

  • tarmac roads and bicycle routes
  • ways paved by gravel, sand or similar materials (e.g.  re road, dirt road)
  • paved and non paved hiking trails where roots, thresholds, rocks and drops are more often

In doing so the wheels have constant contact to the ground or lose contact for a split of a moment due to small uneven terrain like roots (-> no jumps, no riding on one wheel neither front or rear, no braking that causes the rear wheel to lift up)

Full suspension mountainbike with max 160 mm travel (also as Hybrid)

Classification: Category 4

Meant for riding on:

  • tarmac roads and bicycle routes
  • ways paved by gravel, sand or similar materials (e.g.  re road, dirt road)
  • paved and non paved hiking trails where roots, thresholds, rocks and drops are more often
  • more rough unpaved terrain with intermittent jumps/ drops with a height up to 0,5m

In doing so the wheels have constant contact to the ground or lose contact for a split of a moment due to small uneven terrain like roots (-> no riding on one wheel neither front or rear, no braking that causes the rear wheel to lift up)

Full suspension mountainbike with 180/190 mm travel

Classification: Category 5

Like category 4 Plus riding on/in:

  • on very rough and rocky terrain with intermittent jumps with a height up to 1m
  • in named sport and bike parks (occasional)

Bikes of that category shall intensely be checked for da- mages after every ride due to the higher forces exerted.

Full suspension mountainbike with 215 mm travel

Classification: Category 6

Like category 5 Plus rides on/in

  • officially laid out marked /signed DH tracks and sport, trail and bike parks

Bikes of that category shall intensely be checked for da- mages after every ride due to the higher forces exerted.