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Updated: Specialized officially recalls Tarmac SL7 for steerer tube issue

Published October 13, 2021

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components and the Consumer Product Safety Commission officially recalled Tarmac SL7 bikes and frames on Wednesday due to fall and injury hazards. Dealers were informed about the issue earlier this week.

The fork steerer tube can crack or break after a harsh frontal impact. Specialized received two reports of the steerer tube breaking after impact. No injuries have been reported.  

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact Specialized for a free inspection and repair.

The recall affects about 6,900 units. “Tarmac” is written on the back of the bicycle’s seat tube. There is an integrated cable routing through the headset. “Specialized” or “S-WORKS” are printed on the downtube. The models were sold at authorized Specialized retailers nationwide from July 2020 through August 2021 for between $3,300 and $15,000.

Dealers are replacing the bikes' original expander plug with a new extended expander plug and updating the compression ring to a newer-style two-piece compression ring.

More information: CPSC recall notice | Specialized notice.

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