Fitted the modified frames on Saturday and did a lengthy test ride on Sunday over some very bumpy roads with no issues.
I've attached some photos that compare the original with the modified frames:
- On the bench, the hanger on the left is the modified one. Notice that the bend in the tubing at the top mounting point has been removed as far as possible.
- The second photo shows the modified hanger fitted to the right side with the original still on the left, demonstrating the increased clearance from the swing arm.
- The final photo shows both modified hangers fitted.
I hope that this is now the end to this issue.
I have mailed Hepco & Becker this morning to find out if they are going to apply the modifications to the hangers on all future manufacture of this specific product. I'll post the response if and when I get one!
The most surprising response I have had related to this problem was from the TUV in Germany. I mistakenly believed that they would be responsible for enforcing the quality standards that manufacturers subscribe to. This is the reply I received having described my issue to them. Quote:
Thank you very much for your interest in our sevice.
Just like for you, it is important to us that there are safe products on the market.
Our customers include manufacturers and importers etc. who voluntarily submit their products to our tests and certifications.
We regret to inform you that we can not offer the inquired Service, we are subject to the rules of neutrality.
Freundliche Grüße/Best Regards
TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH
Am Grauen Stein 29