Road cyclists who bought frames from Roark Custom Titanium Cycles need to check for cracks.
Roark, in cooperation with Consumer Product Safety Commission, said frames on 422 bicycles produced and sold between January 1997 and December 2004 could crack and fail during use. So far, nine cracked frames have been reported, although there have been no injuries. See the official notice here.
The frames in question have a “titanium” sticker on the top tube and a “Roark” sticker on the down tube. A serial number is located on the bottom bracket; serial numbers 001 to 422 should be checked. They were sold through the website at http://www.roarkcycle.com/toc.html for between $1,900 to $2,100.
Roark urges consumers to check for cracks around the chainstay or return the frame to Roark (at its expense) for inspection. Roark will either repair or replace the faulty frames at no cost. Call Roark at 1-800-556-3163 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday.
Roark is the bicycle frame division of C.F. Roark Welding and Engineering in Brownsburg, Indiana, a supplier to the aerospace and power generation industries.