Specialized recalls approximately 13,000 Allez road bikes

Some 2018 Allez models may have defective forks

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.

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
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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