Specialized has announced the recall of approximately 12,000 Globe bikes (specifically from the 2008 and 2009 model years) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you've got one of these bikes, quit riding it and take it back to the dealer for repair.
The problem is the potential for front fork breakage, which of course poses an injury hazards to riders. Specialized has already received four reports of this happening and causing injuries to cyclists, which is what prompted the recall.
Models involved are both women's and men's Specialized Globe bicycles sold in the U.S. from July 2007 to July 2012 for between $550 and $1,100. Specific models include:
- Globe Elite
- Globe Sport (and Sport Disc)
- Globe Centrum (Comp and Elite)
- Globe City 6
- Globe Vienna 3 (including Disc and Deluxe models)
- Globe Vienna 4, (including Deluxe model)
- Globe Vienna Deluxe 5
- Globe Vienna Deluxe 6
For additional information, contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website at http://www.specialized.com and click on Support/Safety Notices.
Note that this is worth doing even if you don't ride the bike anymore just for the fact that it is illegal to sell something that has a recall notice out on it and hasn't been fixed.
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