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New CEN Standard on BMX

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Since last month (March 2013) the BMX bikes category has its own CEN standard, the EN 16054:2012. It has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 333 ‘Cycles’ and was published on 27 July 2012.

New CEN Standard on BMX
The standard applies to BMX bicycles on which the saddle height can be adjusted to provide a minimum saddle height of 435 mm or more. - Photo Bike Europe

This European Standard was given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by March 2013. Any conflicting national standards have been withdrawn ever since.

Scope of EN 16054:2012
This European Standard specifies safety and performance requirements for the design, assembly and testing of BMX bicycles and sub-assemblies intended for use in any type of location such as roads and/or tracks and/or ramps. It applies to specialized types of bicycle designed and equipped for activities such as acrobatic ground maneuvers, stunting and aerobatic maneuvers and lays down guidelines for instructions on the use and care of such BMX bicycles.

It applies to BMX bicycles on which the saddle height can be adjusted to provide a minimum saddle height of 435 mm or more.

The two applicable categories are:

  • category 1, BMX designed for a rider mass of 45 kg or less;
  • category 2, BMX designed for a rider mass more than 45 kg.

It does not apply to BMX bicycles for use in sanctioned competition events. No requirements on lighting set, reflectors and warning devices are specified in this European Standard due to the existence of several different national regulations applicable in the European countries.

Member states
CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

For more information: https://www.cen.eu/cen/pages/default.aspx

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