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http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/s ... els-36271/
Specialized is recalling the forks on all iterations of the 2012 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Crux and 2013 Secteur Disc bicycles and framesets. The forks are being recalled after a few instances of a carbon fiber steerer tube cracking or breaking. The recall affects approximately 12,200 bikes in the US.
When they did the risk assessment, they would have dragged out all the testing and the specification sent to the builders of what exactly they ordered. Obviously, they didn't have enough confidence that these were isolated incidents and could not isolate the problem nor predict what might next happen.
Like bikes, performance sail-boats have to be strong, stiff and light, and designers and builders always fight over weight, cost and build materials/methods. The designer wants the boat to be perfect and to weight and the builder wants it to be simple and cheap to produce. So you get situations where the design states that x layers of T1000 carbon should be used with a special epoxy, and the builder uses y layers of fibreglass and polyester resin (ok that's a bit extreme to prove the point). The two structures are the not the same weight, stiffness, nor strength and that's when accidents occur...
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btompkins0112 wrote:I would think this should include the Allez Race as well since it has the Tarmac fork.
That's what I'm afraid of. I was hoping to start building the bike this weekend.
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They were at all times incredibly courteous and always the model of professionalism. I was really impressed.
Hopefully everyone affected by this gets their fork sorted soon and is out on the road as soon as possible.
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