U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bicycle Rim Recall Hotline: (800) 553-8324
November 14, 2001 CPSC Contact: Kim Dulic
Release # 02-038 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Performance Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycle Rims

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 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.

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Rim

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Rim

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at