Specialized recalls 6,000 road bikes over fork concerns

Published February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components is recalling about 5,500 road bikes in the U.S., plus about 360 in Canada and 260 in Mexico, because the bikes' composite forks can break.

The company issued an alert about the issue in December and the U.S. CPSC and Canada and Mexico officials issued a formal recall notice on Thursday. After the initial report, Specialized said the recall would affect as many as 13,000 bikes worldwide.  

The recall involves alll 2018 model year Specialized Allez (Base), Allez Sport, and Allez Elite bikes. The recalled bicycles have aluminum frames and composite forks and were offered in several color combinations.

Consumers can contact Specialized dealers or Specialized toll free at 877-808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or email ridercare@specialized.com. There is more information at specialized.com/us/en/safety-notices.

Specialized has received one report of cracking in the fork. No crashes or injuries have been reported. The company began reaching out to consumers and retailers in December about the issue and in January the company began taking preorders for the replacement forks. U.S. consumers with the affected bikes are also receiving $75 vouchers for Specialized merchandise. 

The bikes were sold from July through December last year for between $750 and $1,200.

More information: CPSC recall notice  | Specialized recall notice | Canada recall notice | Mexico recall notice.