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Specialized Bicycles - Defective Shock Absorbers

Wednesday, December 05, 2018By Richard Alexander and Nina Shapirshteyn

Specialized bicycle have defective shock absorbers that are a major hazard. hazards. The absorbers made by Ohlins come original equipment on Specialized bikes: Enduro, Stumpjumper, Fuse, and Levo mountain bicycles. Ohlins models RXF36 Air and RXF34 Air suspension forks are sold as aftermarket equipment. These shock absorbing forks, common in serious mountain bikes have an air cartridge that can abruptly spring out of the stanchion tube and throw a rider. At this time, approximately 5,400 units are being recalled.

Defective Bicycle Fork

The bicycle fork is the part on the bike that holds the front wheel. For mountain bikers, the integrity of the fork is critical for safety.

These defective forks have “ÖHLINS” printed in gold on each of the fork lowers. They also have “RXF36” or “RXF34” printed across the arch. RFX36 Coil Forks (no air valve on the right-side top cap and “TTX” and “Coil” printed on the back of the left fork lowers) are not included in this particular recall.

Details on The Defective Mountain Bike Recall

There have been four reports of the air cartridge abruptly springing out of the fork stanchion tube in the U.S. These bikes were originally sold at authorized Specialized Retailers nationwide between January 2016 through September 2018. These forks were also sold as aftermarket accessories through a variety of retailers online and in person. They sold for between $1,000 and $1,250.

What to do if You Have a Defective Mountain Bike

If you have one of these defective forks or recalled bicycles, you need to stop riding it immediately. Contact an authorized Öhlins or Specialized retailer for a free repair of the defective fork. If you have been injured by one of these defective bicycle forks, file a report with the CPSC, contact the manufacturer and get in touch with a Personal Injury lawyer who has proven Product Liability case experience.

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