Öhlins have urged riders to stop riding and dealers to stop selling bikes with its RXF 36, 29/27.5 and RXF 34 Air forks, due to a defect.
An announcement on their website today stated that the air forks, sold to aftermarket and spec’d as original equipment on the 2017 Stumpjumper, Enduro and Fuse, and the 2018 Stumpjumper, Enduro and Levo, may contain a defect in the top cap which potentially affects safety.
According to Öhlins, the right-side top cap on some forks may not be adequately torqued which in some cases may lead to the top cap working itself free through riding. When this happens, the air cartridge may spring out of the stanchion tube causing a risk of injury to the rider.
The company have said they are working closely with bike manufacturer Specialized to solve the problem, and once government approvals on the solution have been obtained, they will issue a recall to fix the air forks and bicycles.
Other Öhlins forks, such as RXF 36 Coil forks are unaffected by this notice. Öhlins urge customers to contact their dealer or origin of purchase for more information.