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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Electra Bicycle Company, have announced a voluntary recall of about 6,400 Electra bicycles with front trays or baskets from 2009 (3,000 units were previously recalled in March 2009).

FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—In the quest for lighter, stiffer and stronger framesets many manufacturers are incorporating tapered steering configurations into their frame designs. With the performance benefits comes added complexity in identifying headset requirements and managing parts inventory at the shop level.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Tomac has introduced the Vanish 160 for 2010—an all-day pedaling bike for the roughest of terrain.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Santa Cruz Bicycles is going where no manufacturer has gone before—a carbon fiber 29er called the Tallboy.

According to Santa Cruz marketing project manager Mike Ferrentino, the company has been experiencing a growing demand for a 29er over the last couple of years.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Osprey launched a line of hydration packs to the European bike market at Eurobike, where it exhibited for the first time.

FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek introduces the World Bicycle Relief Reserve headset. Cut from high-grade stainless steel, serialized to commemorate the limited run of 500 pieces and packaged in a Western Cedar wooden box; this is one unique headset with a very special purpose.

ARGENBUHL, Germany (BRAIN)—Saris introduced the Joule, a cycling computer it designed specifically for cyclists who train with power, to international media at Eurobike’s Demo Day yesterday.

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Burley Design, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has voluntarily recalled its 2009 d’lite ST and Solo ST Child Trailers. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nirve Sports, has issued a voluntary recall of about 120 Cannibal bicycles.

The bicycle stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Felt Bicycles, has issued a voluntary recall of about 1,500 Felt F1X cyclocross bicycles from 2007/2008.

The manufacturer is Aprebic/EVO Industry Co. Ltd., of Taiwan.

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek has introduced a new freeride bike and XC and trail-oriented full-suspension 29ers under its Gary Fisher brand.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a voluntary recall on its 10 speed PowerLock chain connector. SRAM has determined there is a potential for the PowerLock connector link outer plate to fail.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—In recent wind tunnel testing, Speedplay has discovered the aerodynamic importance of pedal choice.

KEYSTONE, CO (BRAIN)—Giant introduced a new range of stems, seatposts and handlebars this week representing the company’s first foray into the component business.

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN)—On the eve of the Pinarello Granfondo in its hometown of Treviso, Pinarello unveiled the Dogma 60.1 road bike (pictured) to the company’s global distributors, sales reps and select dealers.

BY MATT WIEBE

MORGAN HILL, CA—What does the industry see as the next big thing?

HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—By now most in the industry know about VeloNews’s editor-in-chief Ben Delaney crashing hard on a Mavic second-generation, post-recall carbon-spoke R-Sys wheel while racing.

SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—The International Cycling Union’s (UCI) stricter enforcement of the “3:1” bicycle design regulation could mean a change on how top-level road components are designed going forward.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Felt Bicycles, has a voluntary recall of about 1,450 F1X Cyclocross bicycles from the 2007/2008 model years.

GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)­­­­—Hincapie Sportswear (Hincapie) will release “35 Years, 677,000 Kilometers, 81 Minutes: A Ride with George Hincapie,” a documentary film on the life of one of America’s greatest cyclists.

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