Specialized recalls 2018 models of the Allez range over fork safety fears

The 2018 Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport model bikes potentially contain defects to the fork crown which could compromise safety.

Specialized Allez

US bike brand Specialized has announced a mass recall of its 2018 Allez bike range.

The range of aluminium bikes is among Specialized’s most popular at the lower end of its pricing scale, but now owners are being told to stop riding and return their bikes as soon as possible.

Specialized says it has discovered a possible defect to the crown fork of the 2018 Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport model bikes, which could compromise rider safety.

Returned bikes will be fitted with a new fork by the company, with riders getting priority replacements over retailers, who have been asked to immediately halt sales on the bikes.

Specialized also said it had no knowledge of anyone suffering injury because of the defect and it wasn’t raised with them by a regulatory agency.

A Specialized statement from director of engineering Mark Schroederread:

“We are asking riders to stop riding, and our dealers to stop selling, these bicycle models.  Even though, to our knowledge, no one has been injured and no regulatory agency has brought this to our attention.

“We’ve already engaged our considerable manufacturing resources to supply high-quality replacement forks, painted to match the affected bikes. Riders who’ve purchased these bikes will be our first priority for replacement, followed by our retailers.

“As riders ourselves, we fully understand and are working hard at finding solutions to minimize rider inconvenience. We will need time to obtain necessary government approvals and time for our factories to produce a sufficient quantity of forks for the recall.”

Specialized went on to apologise for the inconvenience caused to Allez owners and said updates on the recall can be found on its website Specialized.com.

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Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike Prototype Demo

Manta5 is in the final stages of developing a revolutionary Hydrofoil Bike that allows riders to plane across the surface of the water like never before! Check out the first glimpse of the prototype Hydrofoil Bike AKA the ‘Proto6’:

Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG bicycles

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The bike above is a collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and German bicycle brand Rotwild, a builder that has been around since 1996, according to the company’s website. The bicycle in question is the R.S2 “Beast of the Green Hell.” It’s inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT R sports car that was promoted with the same nickname. It uses a carbon frame and wheels, as well as disc brakes. It’s also painted in green and black to match the Green Hell Magno color available on the GT R. Only 50 of them will be built, and each will carry a pricetag of over €7,000.

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The second bicycle is from Aston Martin and another German bicycle company, this one called Storck Bicycles. This bike company has also only been around since 1995. The bike is called the Fascenario.3 Aston Martin Edition, and it will be a bit less rare than the Mercedes bicycle, with 107 total units. It’s still a cool vehicle, though, featuring a carbon frame and wireless shifters. In total it weighs 13 pounds. It does lack the disc brakes of the Mercedes bicycle, though. Pricing hasn’t been announced for the Aston Martin bike, but don’t expect it to be cheap.

Terrorists don’t scare city cyclists. We already have to deal with cars.

New York Terror Attack

Eben Weiss writes how drivers are dangerous whether they’re radicalized or just oblivious:

After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, in which police say Sayfullo Saipov steered a truck onto our most popular bike path and killed eight people while injuring 12 others, many local cyclists took to social media to express their determination to ride the next day despite the horror.

They didn’t need to. Of course we’ll keep riding.

If there’s one group of road users virtually immune to being cowed by a lowly act of terrorism involving a motor vehicle, it’s cyclists. We’re reminded every day — through rolled-down car windows, on too-narrow roads, via social media — that we “share” the roads with people who actively hate us and that our interests (including safety) come behind theirs. Every one of us knows what it’s like to stare death in the grille. Daily riders have all had drivers aim their cars at us as if they were about to plow us down, whether because of run-of-the-mill inattention or out-and-out road rage. This reality is priced into our decision to ride.

Read the rest here.

Watch the Best Jumps, Flips, and Drops from the 2017 Red Bull Rampage

Eighteen of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers and hundreds of fans convened in Virgin, Utah, on Friday for the sport’s annual blue-ribbon event, the Red Bull Rampage.

The riders, and their teams of “diggers,” had spent the previous week on the mountainside crafting their own lines into the dirt of Utah’s Red Rock Country. With the course completed, each rider took two runs that were judged based on the difficulty of the line, air amplitude, control and fluidity, tricks, and style.

No two competitors took the same route down, and the crowd was treated to a succession of gap jumps, huge drops, and flips that seemed to defy gravity.

Check out our short highlight reel below:

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Blaze Laserlight now fitted to all 12,000 Santander Cycles

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Blaze Laserlight is now fitted to all 12,000 Santander Cycles, to help people stay more visible in the darker evenings.

The Blaze Laserlight projects the symbol of a bicycle six metres in front of the bike, onto the ground, making you easier to be seen on the road.  By in effect lengthening the bike to six metres long, it ensures that users feel a lot safer.

TFL are upgrading their fleet of bikes. These bikes have a range of new features, including a comfier saddle and puncture proof tyres, all designed to improve your safety and cycling experience.

For more information, visit tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles

Ed Sheeran breaks his arm in a car-bike crash

Ed Sheeran

World famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has reportedly broken his arm in a car-bike crash.

The 26-year-old pop star was involved in a car-bike collision in London and rushed to the hospital on Monday, just a few days before the planned start of his concert tour of Asia. Sheeran has since told fans that having reportedly broken his wrist, elbow, and rib, Sheeran was forced to cancel the tour.Ed Sheeran bike crash

A photo posted to Instagram shows Sheeran’s right arm in a cast and his other in a sling, which could impede the guitarists’ ability to perform.