CPSC, Answer Products Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycle Suspension Forks

Originally issued November 8, 2004
Revised September 16, 2009
Alert #05-507
 

 

Note: Phone number change, email address replaces web site.

 

CPSC, Answer Products Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycle Suspension Forks

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately until the travel upgrade is installed.

Name of Product: Manitou Bicycle Suspension Forks

Units: About 8,032

Manufacturer/Importer: Answer Products, Inc., Valencia, CA

Hazard: The top of the Manitou bicycle suspension fork, when fully compressed, may contact the front tire, resulting in a loss of control of the bicycle and presenting a fall hazard to a bicyclist.

Incidents/Injuries: One report of a Manitou Stance allowing the tire to rub against the top of the fork. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves 2005 Manitou Nixon, Stance and Sherman bicycle suspension forks installed on various high-end mountain bicycles. The Manitou bicycle suspension forks have the model names printed on the sides of the lower leg portions of the fork. Specific models are listed in the table below.

2005 Manitou
Nixon Comp, Platinum, Super and Super Plus 145 Suspension Fork
Elite 115-145 Suspension Fork
Sherman Jumper 110 Suspension Fork
Stance Static 80 & 100 Suspension Fork
Blunt 100 & 130 Suspension Fork
Flow 100-130 Suspension Fork

 

Sold at: Retailers and distributors have sold bicycles with the affected forks from July 2004 through September 2004 for over $1,000.

Manufactured in: USA and Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should check the back of the lower leg portion of the fork for a decal stating "Tire Clearance Upgrade Installed". If absent, consumers should stop using the bicycle immediately and contact Answer to arrange for a free travel upgrade kit to be installed at no cost. Consumers should discard the old Owners' Manual and contact Answer to send a free Owners' Manual.

Consumer Contact: Contact Answer Products, Inc. at 888.MTN.DISC (888.686.3472) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time or at manitoutech@hayesbicycle.com

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork