Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-112
1992 "Future Shock" Suspension
Bicycle Forks Recalled
Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. of Morgan
Hill, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 12,500 "Future Shock" suspension
forks (which connect the front wheel to the main frame of a mountain bike). The suspension
forks were accessories and original equipment on the 1992 "Stumpjumper FS" model
mountain bikes, and were sold with 1992 "S-Works M2" framesets. The forks were
sold nationwide from September 1991 to November 1993.
Specialized has received at least 15 reports of accidents resulting in personal injuries,
including three reported serious injuries, when the stanchion tubes (upper fork legs)
separated from the fork crown while in use. The separation occurred due to insufficient
tightening of the fork crown bolts and/or oil residue in the fork crown/stanchion tube
The 1992 Future Shock suspension forks, made only for mountain bikes, were sold nationwide
for about $315 each by authorized Specialized bicycle retailers, Specialized accessory
dealers, and Bike Nashbar. Consumers can distinguish the 1992 suspension forks from later
models because in later, non-recalled models, the stanchion tubes pass through the fork
crown; in 1992 models they do not.
Consumers should immediately stop using bikes equipped with 1992 Future Shock suspension
forks and bring the bikes to any authorized Specialized bicycle retailer for a free
inspection and repair. Retailers will install safety caps, degrease the fork crown and
stanchion tube joints, and correctly retighten the fork crown bolts. Additionally,
consumers will receive an updated Owners' Manual.
For more information, call Reed Pike at Specialized Bicycle Components on (408) 779-6229
ext. 2567 or (800) 214-1468.
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types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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