Samples are tested for durability, crash worthiness and stiffness before being test ridden for ride quality. Every frame undergoes a second 7-point inspection in Vancouver.
We selected two frames at random and submitted them to SGS for testing according to EN 14781 standards. EN 14781 is the toughest standard for road bicycles, and comprises a total of four test clauses for bicycle frames: two impact tests and two fatigue tests involving 100,000 test cycles.
Whereas manufacturers commonly choose to perform each test clause on a different sample, we've elected to have an impact test performed following fatigue testing for each frame. We've also opted to test using a rigid dummy fork so all test forces are transferred to the frame, rather than being partially absorbed by a compliant actual fork.
You can also download the Scout EN14781 Test Report (PDF).