Specialized has confirmed that it is due to announce a voluntary recall on all Tarmac SL7 bikes.
The recall, which is set to be announced on Tuesday, October 12, is accompanied by a stop ride notice.
Owners of the Specialized Tarmac SL7 will be asked not to ride the bikes until they’ve taken them to a local dealer.
Cycling Weekly understands that the current proprietary system could result in the compression ring putting stress on the steerer, which could cause a crack under impact.
In a statement, Specialized said: "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."
In terms of a fix, the US brand explained: "We will improve the overall system with the addition of a new extended expander plug and an upgrade of the compression ring for riders that do not have one already."
Asked when the new extended expander plug and upgraded compression ring will be available, Specialized told Cycling Weekly that these were "ready to go."Towards the end of the statement, Specialized has added: "As with any severe impact or accident, riders should always have their bike inspected at their local retailer, but they can also rest assured that the Tarmac SL7 meets or exceeds all industry safety standards" – however, the stop ride notice implies a level of concern.In terms of those owning the Tarmac SL6, or those considering buying an SL7, Specialized has added: "Only […]