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Specialized recalls aerobar sold on Shiv aero bike

Published March 26, 2015

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized is working with U.S. and Canadian authorities to recall about 8,300 aerobars that were sold individually and as part of some complete Shiv aero bike models. The bars were sold from 2011 until February this year.

The concern is that the extension clamp bolt that attaches the Aerobar extensions to the base bar may break or slip. Specialized is providing replacement hardware to remedy the situation.

"We have a lot of customers in the field that are relying on the bikes for upcoming summer events and we’re working hard to make sure everyone is taken care of. We issued a 'stop-sale' a few weeks back for our retailers and then have been working to provide a new solution available at dealers to replace the effected part with a new 'low stack aerobar mount,'" said Specialized's Chris Riekert. "Customers should take the bike to their local dealer and they will help to swap parts at no charge. Riders inconvenienced will also receive $100 toward any Specialized product from their retailer."

Riekert said Specialized will have a team at this weekend's Ironman Oceanside event in California to change out the hardware on athletes' affected bikes before the race.

According to Specialized, the corrective action applies only to Aerobars sold as aftermarket equipment or as original equipment on all model year 2012–2015 Shiv Tri models and the 2013 Transition Apex model. The recall does not apply to Shiv TT models or the Shiv Low- Stack Aerobar Clamp Set. The recall involves the carbon and aluminum Aerobars. 

The company has been communicating with riders about the issue since February, with five updated safety notices on its website, as the company worked to develop a remedy that would not affect rider position and would be approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

More information: CPSC recall notice.


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