After listening to a bunch of cycling podcasts (other than TR), In a new cycling tips podcast they interviewed Raoul Leuscher, one of the oldest carbon bike repairers. He talks about how new bikes are sacrificing structural integrity in the pursuit of aero and weight. In an earlier episode (when BMC had a recall issue with stems sheering off) in 2019 he says he had to scan around 20 forks before he found one that didn’t have any “considerable areas of voids in it” and that this wasn’t this case 2 years ago.
So my question is, is there a data pool that shows the safest bike manufactures? the least amount of recalls due to something that could potentially be fatal? the most thorough safety manufacturing checks? Reported critical failures on the road?
Trying to find any of these questions has proven near impossible. And i understand that there is a race between all manufactures to be the lightest bike on the market. But I’m surprised no company pushes how rigorous their safety manufacturing program is.