Cannondale issues safety warning for 2016 Slate wheels

Tubeless conversion to stock wheelset poses safety risk

Cannondale has issued a safety warning for all model year 2016 Slate bicycles. These bicycles are equipped with wheelsets that are not designed for tubeless conversion, doing so can pose a risk to the rider.

All of Cannondale’s 2016 Slate models come stock with clinchers and inner tubes. When modified to run tubeless, (i.e. removal of the inner tube) the tyre bead may not seat properly in the rim and the tyre could come off the rim. Cannondale has received reports of this occurring in the field.

This isn’t a product recall, just a warning to Slate owners that they should not attempt to tubeless conversions to the stock wheelsets on their bikes.

Cannondale Slate owners who wish to run tubeless should contact their authorized Cannondale dealer to receive a free tubeless-compatible wheelset.

Cannondale is offering to replace the stock wheelsets on the 2016 slates with tubeless-compatible wheelsets: cannondale is offering to replace the stock wheelsets on the 2016 slates with tubeless-compatible wheelsets
Cannondale is offering to replace the stock wheelsets on the 2016 slates with tubeless-compatible wheelsets: cannondale is offering to replace the stock wheelsets on the 2016 slates with tubeless-compatible wheelsets

The replacement wheelets use MAVIC XM419 rims

For more information, visit http://www.cannondale.com/en/International/Safety-Notices-and-Recalls.aspx.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
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