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Specialized Recalls Bikes Due to Forks

Published September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Specialized, has issued a voluntary recall of about 14,200 bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks.

Specialized was unavailable for further comment.

The manufacturer is Advanced Group of Taiwan. (Advanced Sports International, parent company of Breezer, Fuji, SE Bikes, Kestrel, Terry Bicycles and Oval Concepts, is in no way affiliated with this company.)

The brake component housed within the bicycle's carbon fork can disengage from the fork and allow the brake assembly to contact the wheel spokes while rotating, posing a fall hazard.

The company has received two reports of the brake component disengaging from the carbon fork. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the following nine, 2011 model year bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks: Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp. All bicycles have the brand name "Specialized" on the lower front frame tube. The model name is on the top tube.

These were sold at authorized Specialized retailers nationwide from June 2010 through August 2011 for between $700 and $2,000.

Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles and return them to an authorized Specialized retailer for a free repair or replacement carbon fork.

For additional information, contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website at www.specialized.com

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