Specialized Recalls 14,200 Bikes Because Carbon Forks May Break

specialized carbon fork recall for brake post cracks in 2011

Specialized has issued a recall of 14,200 bicycles spec’d with carbon forks manufactured by the Advanced Group of Taiwan. The issue, shown above, is that the brake’s post-mounts may crack and disengage from the fork, rendering them useless at best or get into the spokes and send someone flying at worst. Full CSPC details after the break, or hit their website for pics of the bikes affected.

Name of Product: Bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks

Units: About 14,200

Distributor: Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Manufacturer: Advanced Group, of Taiwan

Hazard: 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.

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

Description: 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.

Sold at: Authorized Specialized Retailers nationwide from June 2010 through August 2011 for between $700 and $2,000.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

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

Consumer Contact: 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


Steve M - 09/23/11 - 11:05am

Too bad. Unfortuately this probably a precursor of things to come in the future as mass produced, lightweight carbon structures age. I realize this is a metal tab that looks cracked but these are the manufacturing realities of carbon- the details of metal to carbon interfaces often pose the biggest engineering hurdles.

Slow Joe Crow - 09/23/11 - 11:58am

This is why my wife is riding a Redline. The news is actually a little slow, we were trying to buy her a Tricross in mid August and right after we got off the phone with the bike shop they called us back and said they had just been informed of a recall for the 2011 Tricross. and wouldn’t be able to sell us a bike for at least 3 weeks. So after some calling around for 2010 leftovers we ended up buying her a Redline Conquest Sport with an aluminum fork.
While I’m not about to go all Grant Petersen and replace my carbon forks with lugged steel, the fact the Redline had a similar issue with steerer tubes on their carbon forks two years ago does indicate that manufacturers need to be more careful with their designs and more rigorous in their process control and testing.

Topmounter - 09/23/11 - 12:01pm

I guess I need to contact City Bikes in South Park Colorado immediately.

Eddy - 09/23/11 - 12:03pm

Thanks Specialized for producing a death trap

Bluur - 09/23/11 - 12:42pm

Man, that’s a pretty early recall… 2 failures out of 14,200? A failure rate of 0.014% is pretty damn low, even for a critical system. I’d imagine they did internal testing to confirm the issue, but still – in most corporate environments, it wouldn’t even make it to the engineer’s desk until at least 0.05%. Good to see they’re sticking by their product.

Nobby - 09/23/11 - 12:56pm

Assuming the big red “S” is telling the truth that only 2 injuries reported.

Steve M - 09/23/11 - 1:13pm

- “distributor” Specialized.
- “manufacturer” Advanced Group Taiwan.

Methinks the tail is wagging the dog.

manny - 09/23/11 - 1:53pm

that’s happens because is not made in the USA

murpes - 09/23/11 - 2:03pm

This is the strongest argument against buying a Chinese carbon frame from eBay. Even if something like this were discovered, there’s no recall system in place.

moz - 09/23/11 - 2:10pm

@ SteveM. I can only assume that: this ‘interesting’ applies for several american & European companies as well.

Steve M - 09/23/11 - 3:44pm


No shit. Almost thirty years of watching the bike industry flock like lemmings to every fad (bar ends, dual crown forks, voilet anodizing) makes me a bit cynical to the exodus of US makers flooding the market with Asian carbon or for that matter- aluminum. If one looks at Interbike this year you would have to assume that the 26″ mountain bike wheel is dead as well. Are 29r’s better- really? In some cases yes, and in some no, for most but the marketing folks make you believe that if you dont have one.

What is the next big thing after carbon? Steel? Beryllium? It’s going to happen- bet on it.

moz - 09/23/11 - 4:13pm

It makes me wonder. Take Santa Cruz for instance: the blur xc starting from 2.499$ & the nomad am from 2.699$ both carbon and manufactured overseas. How they would cost if they were made in the U.S? Especially the new V10 full carbon. Most of the times I am cynical as well about carbon & e-shifting as well. I mean what is next, an engine?
I bet that in a couple of years, maybe sooner, the XC cup, DH cup, Tour de France etc they will look like an F1 grid.

JOZ - 09/23/11 - 11:00pm

Cut a cross section of a Tarmac tube and a US made Trek Madone. You’ll never buy a Specialized.

rhyspekt - 09/24/11 - 3:55am

This relates to marketing more than anything else. Specialized have amped up the marketing game to suggest that their bikes as being of the highest build quality for a mass produced brand, but clearly aren’t paying their factory to follow thru on this. They 100% had the option of paying for a better manufactured fork, but chose not to take the option. The money was instead invested in marketing, giving perceived quality instead of actual quality. The price of Specialized stopped reflecting their quality about 3-4 seasons ago.

Robin - 09/24/11 - 5:17am

How acutely observant, Manny. American….no let’s pronounce the way it’s intended, ‘merican…made products never have recalls. Nope. Never. Ever. Not since the big bang…..I mean, creation. Nuh-uh. No way. Heck, I’ll bet no one could ever do a simple 2 min Google search and ever hear about a ‘merican made product ever being recalled. Just can’t happen. Why? Well, it’s ‘cuz o’ what manny said: they’re ‘merican, dagnabit. No way, no how it ever happened, and it ain’t gonna happen. Nope. It’s physically impossible. Now, iffin’ you’uns buy stuff from foreigners, that stuff will be recalled before Momma’s apple pie gets golden brown in her ‘merican made oven. Yeeeehaww.

moz - 09/24/11 - 9:30am

@JOZ. And what about the alloy frames?

njguglie - 09/24/11 - 1:29pm

@ Topmounter

I see what you did there

erik - 10/26/11 - 5:09pm

What they don’t tell you about the recall is that the new forks they put on the bike are not the same color and pretty much look like crap on all the bikes that got recalled. And I now agree with JOZ…never buy a Specialized!!!

JCF - 11/11/11 - 4:12pm

OH the hysteria. 2 bikes out of 14,200. Sounds like what the lame stream media does and blows things way out of proportion. I have a Specialized and a Trek and like them both equally well.

Matt - 02/24/12 - 9:19am

I am so pissed that they put black forks on my flat grey bike. It looks like a pile of s*** !!!!

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