Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles — Part 9: Saddles and seat-post test methods

This document specifies saddle and seat-post test methods for ISO 4210‑2.

Cycles — Exigences de sécurité pour les bicyclettes — Partie 9: Méthodes d'essai des selles et des tiges de selles

Le présent document spécifie les méthodes d'essai de la selle et de la tige de selle pour l'ISO 4210-2.

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Second edition
Cycles — Safety requirements for
bicycles —
Part 9:
Saddles and seat-post test methods
Cycles — Exigences de sécurité pour les bicyclettes —
Partie 9: Méthodes d'essai des selles et des tiges de selles
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ISO 4210-9:2023(E)
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ISO 4210-9:2023(E)
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ISO 4210-9:2023(E)
Contents Page
Foreword .iv
Introduction .v
1 Scope . 1
2 Normative references . 1
3 Terms and definitions . 1
4 Test methods . 1
4.1 General . 1
4.2 Saddle/seat-post — Security test . 1
4.3 Saddle and saddle rail — Static strength test . 2
4.3.1 Saddle — Static strength test . 2
4.3.2 Saddle rail (composite) — Static strength test . 3
4.4 Saddle and seat-post assembly — Fatigue test . 4
4.4.1 General . 4
4.4.2 Test method . 4
4.5 Seat-post — Fatigue test and static strength test . 5
4.5.1 General . 5
4.5.2 Test method for stage 1 (fatigue test). 5
4.5.3 Test method for stage 2 (static strength test) . 7
4.5.4 Suspension seat-post — Static test . 8
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ISO 4210-9:2023(E)
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This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 4210-9:2014), which has been technically
The main changes are as follows:
— improvement of 4.3.1;
— addition of 4.3.2;
— improvement of 4.4;
— addition of test condition for dropper/suspension dropper seat-post in 4.5;
— 4.5.3 has been changed to be only applicable if the seat-post is known to be constructed from
composite materials;
— addition of 4.5.4.
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ISO 4210-9:2023(E)
This document has been developed in response to demand throughout the world, and the aim has been
to ensure that bicycles manufactured in conformity with this document will be as safe as is practically
possible. The tests have been designed to ensure the strength and durability of individual parts as well
as of the bicycle as a whole, demanding high quality throughout, and consideration of safety aspects
from the design stage onwards.
The scope has been limited to safety considerations and has specifically avoided standardization of
If the bicycle should be used on public roads, national regulations apply.
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Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles —
Part 9:
Saddles and seat-post test methods
1 Scope
This document specifies saddle and seat-post test methods for ISO 4210-2.
2 Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content
constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For
undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO 4210-1, Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles — Part 1: Vocabulary
ISO 4210-2:2023, Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles — Part 2: Requirements for city and trekking,
young adult, mountain and racing bicycles
ISO 4210-3:2023, Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles — Part 3: Common test methods
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 4210-1 apply.
ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:
— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
4 Test methods
4.1 General
If a suspension seat-post is involved, the test may be conducted with the suspension system either free
to operate or locked. If it is locked, the pillar shall b

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