U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

June 9, 1998 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
Release # 98-123

CPSC, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. Announce Recall to Repair Bicycle Chains

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif., is recalling about 2,500 Specialized bicycles to repair their chains. The chains on these bicycles were produced with a malfunctioning chain assembly tool. These chains can break during use, which could result in loss of control, causing the rider to fall and be injured.

Specialized has received 10 reports of chains breaking. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled chains were sold on the following 1998 model year Specialized bicycles: Stumpjumper M2, Stumpjumper M2 Comp, Stumpjumper M2 Pro, S-Works M2, Ground Control FSR Elite, Ground Control FSR Pro, and Ground Control FSR Limited.

Specialized Bicycle-authorized dealers nationwide sold these bicycles from January 1998 through May 1998 for $500 to $3,000, depending on the model.

Consumers with recalled bicycles should go to the store where the bicycle was purchased for a free chain replacement. For additional information concerning this recall, consumers should call Specialized at (800) 214-1467 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk 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 and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. 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 via Internet gopher services at or report product hazards to