Cannondale has recalled Cyclocross CAADX Model Year 2013-2016 bicycles following several reports of fork fractures and one tragic incident which led to a rider death.
While a full scale inquiry following the fatality did not identify a defect in the forks, the brand decided the best course of action was to inform riders and make a free upgraded replacement fork available.
Here’s the full statement:
At Cannondale, we know that our riders demand the highest levels of performance, quality, and safety, under the most challenging riding conditions, and we hold ourselves and Cannondale products to that standard.
Following several reports of fork fractures on Cannondale Cyclocross CAADX Model Year 2013-2016 bicycles, including one tragic incident in which the rider fell and suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death, we launched an in-depth inquiry. We, and several other independent parties, conducted extensive testing on the issue and did not identify a defect in the forks. However, given the circumstances, we decided the best course of action was to inform riders of these incidents and make a free upgraded replacement fork available through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s voluntary recall process.
To check if your CAADX is affected by this recall, inspect your bicycle to confirm it has all of the following features (as shown in the picture):
(1) A prominent CAADX marking on the top tube or other tube
(2) Disc brakes
(3) A large “ULTRAX” marking on the inside of the fork leg
(4) A black plastic cable running to the front disc brake that is outside of the fork blade (not internally routed within the fork blade)
If your CAADX bicycle meets the criteria above, please contact your local Cannondale dealer to arrange for a free upgraded replacement fork. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and are offering riders a free upgraded replacement fork that is a full carbon fork, providing increased performance at a lower weight than the original fork.
Additionally, we encourage all riders to read and consider all warnings included in the owner’s manual for the CAADX, including but not limited to the BPSA industry standard warning that
“A crash or other impact can put extraordinary stress on bicycle components, causing them to fatigue prematurely. Components suffering from stress fatigue can fail suddenly and catastrophically, causing loss of control, serious injury or death.”
Thank you for your patience, and for riding Cannondale.