Cervélo is recalling some 5,800 Wolf SL Carbon Fiber bicycle forks because the fork steerer can crack under normal use.
The fork is manufactured by True Temper Composite Material Products of Guangzhou, China, and used on some Cervelo bicycles.
Although Cervelo didn't make the forks, the Switzerland-based company says it is issuing the recall and will replace the forks with different models at no cost to dealers or consumers. The company has received a dozen reports of the forks cracking or breaking, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Cervelo announcement stresses that the forks meet US and international standards, but the weakness develops after a crash or fall from a roof rack.
“If the fork steerer is damaged by impact … then the damage may progress very quickly during use to complete separation. …
“We have seen that incidence of failure on this fork is higher than on other forks, and there is a potential for injury upon failure. True Temper Sports feels that the fork meets the industry standards and that the fork is therefore acceptable and no further action is required. Cervelo does not share this opinion and therefore, is proceeding with a recall of the True Temper designed and manufactured Wolf SL forks ourselves. True Temper Sports has declined to participate.”
The subject forks, see picture above, were used on some R3, R3 SL, Soloist Carbon, Solist Carbon SO and P3 Carbon framesets and complete bikes.
Anyone with the fork should stop riding the bike and contact their dealer. Cervelo will replace the Wolf SL carbon fiber forks with 3T Funda Pro and the Easton EC90 SLX forks.
The recall does not involve the Wolf CL and Wolf TT forks.