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Lateral Rigidity Test

Lateral Rigidity Test for LightCarbon Rims

The lateral rigidity bike rim test is a test that measures the stiffness or rigidity of a bicycle rim in the lateral direction, which is perpendicular to the plane of the wheel. This test is important in evaluating the performance and safety of a bicycle wheel, particularly in racing or high-performance applications, where precise handling and stability are critical.

The test typically involves mounting the wheel onto a specialized jig or fixture that can apply a lateral load to the rim. The load is applied at various points around the circumference of the rim, and the resulting deflection or deformation is measured and recorded. The stiffness or rigidity of the rim can then be calculated and compared to industry standards or other similar rims.

Lateral rigidity is essential for a safe and stable ride, especially during high-speed, high-stress situations such as racing or aggressive riding. A rim that is too flexible can cause poor handling, decreased stability, and potentially dangerous situations for the rider. Therefore, it is crucial to test for and ensure proper lateral rigidity of bike rims to ensure rider safety and performance.

Below is an example case of lateral rigidity test on LightCarbon road rim RD25-38C :

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Lateral Rigidity Test Report
Rim Model: RD25-38C Test Item: Lateral Rigidity
Test Date: 2022/6/12 Weight: 387g
Weave: UD Quantity: 1PCS
Load: 40kgf Hole: 24H
Test Condition: Apply 20kgf force, test for 3 times.
Test Standard: Should be no crack on rim after applying 20kgf force.
Test Result: Position No. Max Load Max Deformation
#1 20kgf 6.08mm
#2 20kgf 6.06mm
#3 20kgf 6.07mm
Mmax deformation=6.2mm, when withdraw force to 0kgf, deformation=0mm
Test Position: Valve hole plus 2 random positions.
Photo of testing: Photo Of Testing
Final Judgment: Qulified (Pass)

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