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.

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)

Important: Please note that when using kickstands, mudguards, luggage carriers, as well as bicycle trailers the application area of the model always changes to classification category 2.

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)

Important: Please note that when using kickstands, mudguards, luggage carriers, as well as bicycle trailers the application area of the model always changes to classification category 2.

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.

Important: Please note that when using kickstands, mudguards, luggage carriers, as well as bicycle trailers the application area of the model always changes to classification category 2.

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.

Important: Please note that when using kickstands, mudguards, luggage carriers, as well as bicycle trailers the application area of the model always changes to classification category 2.