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August 16, 1995

Release # 95-155
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC & Specialized Announce Bike Brake, Handlebar Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, Calif., is recalling 3,585 steel rigid forks on 1995 Stumpjumper mountain bikes and 52,868 handlebars on all models of 1994 Rockhopper mountain bikes. Specialized has received reports of handlebar and front brake failures, which could result in serious injury to bicycle riders.

In addition to recalling and replacing the rigid forks on 1995 Stumpjumpers, Specialized is recalling and replacing all YC-A125PB handlebars, which were originally equipped on the following 1994 Rockhopper models: Rockhopper, Rockhopper Sport, Rockhopper GX, Rockhopper FS, Rockhopper Comp, and Rockhopper Comp FS. Specialized has received over 10 reports of injuries associated with broken handlebars.

Authorized retailers sold mountain bikes with these recalled parts nationwide. Specialized is supplying authorized retailers with replacement parts for the rigid forks and handlebars.

Consumers with 1995 Stumpjumper mountain bikes or 1994 models of Rockhopper mountain bikes should stop using their bikes immediately and bring them back to their authorized dealer for an inspection and fork or handlebar replacement free-of-charge. Consumers with questions about this recall can call Specialized Bicycle Components toll-free at (800) 214-1467. Direct media inquiries to Reed Pike, Quality Control manager, at (408)779-6229 ext. 2576.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to