Specialized recalls Venge ViAS rim-brake bikes

Rear wheel can fall out of the dropouts and fracture the rear triangle

Specialized is recalling about 1,000 Venge ViAS frames sold as complete bikes at the S-Works and Pro level along with S-Works modules. According to the official recall, the rear wheel can come out of the dropouts, which can cause fractures in the rear triangle and that can cause a rider to lose control and fall.

Specialized has received reports of the rear wheel coming out of the dropouts, which can cause fractures in the rear triangle. Specialized PR manager Katie Sue Gruener said the company has developed an improved rear derailleur hanger that addresses the problem. Any rider with a Venge ViAS rim bike should stop riding it and contact their local Specialized retailer for a new derailleur hanger and a safety inspection, Gruener said.

Specialized launched the Venge ViAS aero bike as a rim-brake model first, then recently introduce the disc-brake version. The disc bike is not affected. 

Specialized has received seven reports of fractures in the rear triangle from riders in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. One report involved a minor injury when the rider couldn't unclip from his pedals.

The Specialized Venge ViAS bikes were sold between July 2015 and September 2016 for about $6,200 to $12,900.

US consumers affected by this recall can contact Specialized at 1-800-722-4423 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday, or visit www.specialized.com for more information.

UK consumers affected by this recall can contact Specialized at 020 8391 3502, or visit www.specialized.com for more information.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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