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Electronics reach almost 20% of bicycle material share

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Source: SAZ Bike

The prevalence of electronic components in bicycle weight has surged significantly, a trend previously lacking concrete data. In a recent analysis, Ernst Brust reveals this proportion to be nearly 19%.

Ernst Brust, the founder of Velotech.de, has extensively analysed bicycle material usage spanning the last five decades. Particularly notable is the stark rise in electronics utilization by nearly 20% since 1970. Historically, bicycle construction predominantly relied on traditional materials like steel and aluminium for frames and components, with electronics playing a marginal role.

However, the contemporary landscape of material composition in 2024 depicts a marked shift towards a greater inclusion of electronic elements. Present-day bicycles boast an array of electronic features, underscoring technological advancements and their integration into modern bike design, as noted by Brust. Commenting on this evolution, the technology expert asserts, “The development of material usage in bicycle construction from 1970 to 2024 illustrates the change and the increasing importance of electronics in the modern bicycle. These changes contribute to making bicycles more efficient, safer, and more comfortable.”

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