May 14, 1998
SRAM Corp. Announces Recall of Bicycle Chains

SRAM Corp., of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 25,000 Sachs bicycle chains. The chains can break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and be injured.

The recalled chains are Sachs Power Chains (PC chains) with model numbers PC-41, PC-51, PC-61, PC-80R and PC-91, and are stamped with the date code "F." The model number and date code are stamped on each link of the chain, though are difficult to see. Consumers should have their chains inspected at a local bicycle dealer to determine if they are affected by this recall.

These chains were sold as part of various 1998 model Giant, Schwinn and Specialized Bicycles.
Giant Bicycles                 Schwinn Bicycles                         Specialized Bicycles

ATX-1100                        Moab A2                                         Rockhopper
ATX-1200                        Moab A3                                         Rockhopper FS
ATX-860                          Moab A1                                         Rockhopper Comp FS
ATX-865                          Moab A1-E                                     Ground Control
ATX-870                                                                                    Ground Control FSR
ATX-890                                                                                    Ground Control FSR Comp
ATX-970                                                                                    Ground Control FSR extreme
Bicycle dealers nationwide sold the bicycles using these chains between July 1997 and May 1998 for about $250 to $2,000. Chains also were sold separately during this period through dealers for about $15 to $45.

Consumers should stop using the bicycles, which might be equipped with these chains immediately, and arrange to have a free inspection of their chain by a local bicycle dealer. Bicycles with recalled chains will have their chains replaced free of charge. For the location of the nearest dealer, consumers should call SRAM at (888) 588-8140 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. Recorded information about this recall can be accessed at this number anytime. SRAM Corp. purchased Sachs Bicycle Components in November 1997.