November 14, 2001              

Performance Inc. Announces Recall of Bicycle Rims


Performance Inc., of Chapel Hill, N.C., is voluntarily recalling 1,150 wheel rims on Performance Road bicycles. The rims can crack causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall, and suffer injuries. Performance has received two reports of rims failing, though no injuries have been reported.

The recalled rims were used on both the front and rear wheels of the 2001 Model bicycles (with the R-101 model name), Performance Forte/Forte SL rims, and Performance Forte SL road wheels. The silver or black rims have the above-mentioned brand and model names on the rim (i.e., "Forte Pro SL"). Performance Stores and the company's website sold these bicycle rims from February 2001 through October 2001 for $600 for Performance bicycles and between $35 and $130 for bicycle wheels with rims built on.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and return the wheels to a Performance Store for free replacement rims. Consumers also can call Performance at (800) 553-8324 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.