Company Phone Number: (800) 346-2928 

November 12, 1997


Release # 98-025

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sachs Bicycle Components of Anaheim, Calif., recalled about 16,500 Diamondback mountain bikes to replace their chains. The chain can break, causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and be injured.

CPSC, Sachs Bicycle Components and Diamondback have received about 75 reports of chains breaking, resulting in 4 injuries, including a broken arm, cuts and bruises.

Only 1998 model Diamondback bicycles with the following model names could be equipped with these chains: Sherwood, Lakeside, Interval, Expert, Voyager I, Voyager II, Sorrento, Sorrento SE and Wildwood DX. If consumers own one of these bicycles, purchased between July 1, 1997, and November 8, 1997, they should have the chain checked.

Diamondback Authorized Dealers nationwide sold these bicycles from July 1997 to November 1997 for about $300 to $600.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and call SRAM Corp., which purchased Sachs Bicycle Components, at (800) 346-2928. SRAM Corp. will honor the recall and replace any defective chains.