Specialized Tarmac SL7 safety recall issued

A safety recall relating to the Specialized Tarmac SL7 has been issued addressing concerns about the potential for a failure of the steerer tube on affected units.

“We will be asking riders to stop riding their Tarmac SL7 and head to their local retailer and have these new parts installed,” said the brand in a statement. “Retailers worldwide have the parts in stock, and installation will be a simple process.”

The model, released in 2020, will need the headset replacing in order to prevent damage to the fork’s steerer. The recall affects models already sold, while those currently in-store and on the way to stores will have seen the issue addressed with an improved component.

Specialized added: “We will be announcing a voluntary recall of Tarmac SL7 bicycles because harsh impacts may put extraordinary stress on headset components and may initiate a crack in the fork’s steerer tube. The addition of a new extended expander plug and an upgrade of the compression ring for riders that do not have one already. As with any severe impact or accident, riders should always have their bike inspected at their local retailer.”

Having originally been leaked in the cycling press the recall notice is not yet on the Specialized website, though safety notices are uploaded here.

The recall is the second issued by the brand this year, which back in May addressed a concerned on selected Levo and Kenevo electric bikes produced between 2017 and 2019. Details of that can be found here.

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