Öhlins Racing AB of Upplands Väsby, Sweden and Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, Calif., are recalling about 6,000 front air suspension bicycle forks sold in the U.S. and Canada.
The air cartridge can abruptly spring out of the stanchion tube, posing fall and injury risks to the rider.
The firms have received four reports in the U.S. of the air cartridge abruptly springing out of the fork stanchion tube, including a report of a bruised shoulder and a broken rib.
This recall involves Öhlins branded RXF36 Air and RXF34 Air suspension forks sold as aftermarket equipment and as original equipment on some Specialized-branded Enduro, Stumpjumper, Fuse, and Levo mountain bicycles. A bicycle fork is the part that holds the front wheel.
The recalled forks are black with “ÖHLINS” written in gold on each of the fork lowers. They have “RXF36” or “RXF34” printed across the fork arch.
RXF36 Coil Forks (no air valve on the right-side top cap and “TTX” and “Coil” written on the back of the left fork lowers) are not included in this recall.
The bicycle forks, manufactured in Taiwan, were sold as aftermarket accessories through authorized Specialized retailers, independent retailers, including Jenson USA, Fanatik Bike Co. and online at www.backcountry.com for between about $1,000 and $1,250.
What to do
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact an authorized Öhlins or Specialized retailer for a free repair of the front fork.
Consumers may contact Öhlins at (877) 922-3877 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at www.ohlins.com and click on “Recall” at the bottom of the page for more information, or Specialized Bicycle at (800) 722-4423 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at www.specialized.com and click on “SAFETY NOTIFICATIONS” at the bottom of the page for more information.