October 2, 2002
Performance Inc. Announces Recall of Bicycle Handlebar Attachments


Performance Inc., of Chapel Hill, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 900 sets of bar ends, which are handlebar extensions used on mountain bikes. The bar ends can crack when tightened and come loose during use, which can cause riders to lose control of the bicycle and possibly suffer injuries. Performance Inc. has received two reports of the bar ends cracking, though no injuries have been reported.

The recalled Performance Forte Pro Stix Bar Ends are three to four inches in length and attach to the ends of the handlebar. The bar ends are primarily used during hill climbing when mountain biking, as they give a rider added leverage when he/she is off the seat and pedaling up a steep incline. The bar ends were manufactured in Taiwan. Performance stores nationwide, as well as the Performance Inc. web site, sold the bar ends from April 2002 through September 2002 for between $13 and $20.

Consumers should stop using the bar ends immediately and return them for a replacement or refund. Consumers can return the bar ends to the nearest Performance Store or by mailing them to Performance Inc., Attn: Returns Dept., One Performance Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, consumers should call Performance Inc. at (800) 553- 8324 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at http://www.performancebike.com/help/barendrecall.html.