The US Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a 7 month reminder about a voluntary recall of some Specialized Epic and Era full-suspension bikes. The reminder follows a safety warning last year, issued by Specialized.
The warning stated that riders should stop using the affected bicycles immediately unless otherwise instructed by a Specialized dealer or representative.
A problem has been identified with the swingarm shock mount for the Brain reservoir which means it could break, causing loss of control of the bike.
The following 26in-wheeled Era and Epic bicycles are affected: 2010 Epic Marathon Carbon, 2010 Epic Marathon frame, 2010 Epic Expert Carbon, 2010 Epic Expert, 2010 Epic Comp Carbon, 2010 Epic Comp, 2010 Era FSR Expert Carbon, 2010 Era FSR Expert and 2010 Era FSR Comp.
Authorised dealers in the US sold the bikes between September and October 2009 for between $2,000 and $5,500. Specialized estimate 1,350 frames could be prone to failure. No incidents or injuries have been reported to the CPSC.
Specialized emphasised that this is an old issue that has already been dealt with. The company sent a letter to customers and a ‘Stop Sale Notice’ to dealers in November 2009 when they first became aware of the problem.
"If people have any doubts then they should contact us," Specialized's Global PR Nic Sims told us. "Our records show that we have pretty much replaced all the parts that had issue."
For more information, contact Specialized toll-free on (877) 808-8154 between 9am and 5pm MT, Monday to Friday, or visit www.specialized.com.