DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon's testing laboratory at its China factory has received accreditation for the testing of bicycle frames and sub-assemblies according to a host of international standards, including the EN standard in Europe.
Dahon’s test laboratory received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certification, allowing it to do testing and reporting according to international standards, including the EN 14764:2005 standard in Europe, which specifies safety and performance requirements for the design, assembly and testing of bicycles and sub-assemblies intended for use on public roads.
“With the amount of innovation that we do, it’s critically important for us to benchmark new products to existing products and standards,” said David Hon, founder and chief executive officer of Dahon. “Our test lab plays a crucial role in ensuring that our technologies and products meet the most stringent international safety standards.”
In addition to the standard array of test equipment, the Dahon laboratory includes an X-ray machine that screens for flaws in forged and casted components. Dahon runs full test protocols on sample frames from every single batch of frames that it manufactures, a practice that is very rare in the bicycle industry, but which helps to ensure consistent quality.
“The EU is getting tougher with quality standards and we think that’s a good thing,” Hon said. “It’s much better for the planet if we as manufacturers spend more time building high quality products that will last, instead of cheap, low quality products that end up in a landfill after a few uses.”