July 17, 2001

Cannondale Corp., Announces Recall of Bicycle Components


Cannondale Corp., of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling 367 "Carbon Lefty" suspension forks. The bicycle forks can break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injury or death. Cannondale has received six reports of forks breaking. However, there have been no injuries reported.

These single-sided suspension forks were sold on the 2001 model Cannondale F4000 SL, Jekyll 4000 SL, Raven 4000 SL bicycles and separately. All forks made prior to May 31 are subject to recall. The brand name "Cannondale" appears on the frames of these bicycles. The recalled forks are marked "Carbon" and "Lefty." Cannondale dealers sold the recalled forks on bicycles from December 2000 through June 2001. The bicycles sold for between $3,500 and $4,300.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and return them to a Cannondale retailer to arrange to have the fork to be rebuilt and upgraded at no charge. To determine if your bicycle is subject to recall, and for more information, call Cannondale toll-free at (800) BIKE USA between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Saturday, and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.