Specialized has issued a voluntary recall of select model year 2018 Allez road bikes. According to the company, the carbon forks on these bikes may have a manufacturing defect, which can result in a fork failure and injuries to the rider.
This recall applies to all model year 2018 Specialized Allez, Allez Sport and Allez Elite models. Approximately 13,000 bikes are included in this recall. To date, no injuries have been reported as a result of this fork defect.
“After careful examination, we've concluded that some 2018 Allez, Allez Elite and Allez Sport model bikes may contain a manufacturing defect in the fork crown, which potentially affects safety. Therefore, we've decided to prepare for a recall, which will involve replacing the existing fork with a new fork,” said Mark Schroeder, Specialized’s director of engineering.
Specialized is asking owners of these affected models to stop riding them immediately and return them to their nearest authorized Specialized dealer to begin the fork replacement process. Specialized is also offering a $75 customer appreciation credit for this inconvenience.
The company anticipates it will take until mid- to late-January to obtain necessary government approvals and until late February to source a sufficient quantity of forks to fulfill this recall.
For more information, visit https://www.specialized.com/safety-notices.