Specialized has announced the recall – and "stop sale" – of the 2018 Allez, Allez Sport and Allez Elite bike models.
Director of engineering Mark Schroeder said:
"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.
"We are asking riders to stop riding, and our dealers to stop selling, these bicycle models. Even though, to our knowledge, no one has been injured and no regulatory agency has brought this to our attention.
"We’ve already engaged our considerable manufacturing resources to supply high-quality replacement forks, painted to match the affected bikes. Riders who’ve purchased these bikes will be our first priority for replacement, followed by our retailers. As riders ourselves, we fully understand and are working hard at finding solutions to minimize rider inconvenience. We will need time to obtain necessary government approvals and time for our factories to produce a sufficient quantity of forks for the recall.
"Getting riders back on their bikes is our highest priority. We are working to make this happen as quickly as possible. As we progress, we’ll provide regular updates on Specialized.com. And when we begin to deliver replacement forks, we will promptly notify all concerned.
"On our part, we wish to apologize for this inconvenience."
Those folks with questions are being director to call Specialized Rider Care at 020 8391 3502.