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Specialized confirms replacement forks for recalled 2018 Allez models

Joe Robinson
16 Feb 2018

US bike brand Specialized will begin the replacement of parts as of today

After executing a worldwide mass recall of its 2018 Allez, Allez Elite and Allez Sport model bikes with immediate effect, Specialized has announced that from today it will be able provide replacement forks.

This comes two months after the brand recalled its most popular model after finding a fault in the bikes fork.

In a notice published by director of engineering Mark Shroeder, the brand announced that 'after careful examination' it would be recalling the bikes due to 'a manufacturing defect in the fork crown which potentially affects safety'. 

The statement then continued to ask all riders to immediately stop using the bike and for dealers to cease sales of the product. 

In a notice today, Specialized said that it 'will begin delivery of forks to retailers, who will install the new fork on in the bike at no cost' to the owner. Owners will be contacted by their local retailer via email when the part is available.

It then goes on to warn that there will be a limited availability at first due to sheer scale of the operation but it hopes to have resolved the issue fully by the end of March.

Despite the brand stating that no rider has experienced injury due to the fault and no regulatory agencies underlining the issue, Specialized have been forced into replacing the forks of all bikes within the range.

The brand then go on to apologise for the inconvenience caused by this recall, stating, 'we fully understand and are working hard at finding solutions to minimise rider inconvenience'. Priority will be made for existing owners of the bikes.

Owners of the bikes are still asked to consistently check the Specialized website for any updates or call the Specialized rider care hotline.

The Specialized Allez range is amongst the most popular bike models worldwide meaning that this recall and replacement will be one of the biggest the bike industry has seen.

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