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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage four of the Tour of Poland; Landa takes stage one of the Vuelta a Burgos; Aru to lead Astana team at Vuelta a España; Hermans recovering from concussion and multiple fractures; Kennaugh and Oss ink contracts with Bora-hansgrohe; Movistar signs Argentinian climber Sepúlveda; Dunbar to make pro debut with Aqua Blue Sport; Cookson expresses confidence about re-election chances; Zwift Academy expands to men’s cycling, contract with Dimension Data under 23 team up for grabs; Wahoo Fitness launches new ELEMNT MINI bike computer; Merida announces voluntary fork recall: 2017 Scultura CF2 models; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 6: Mt. Hamilton
Merida has discovered that forks fitted to a range of 2017 Scultura CF2 bikes are prone to cracking. According to the company’s recent press release, “the steerer underneath the clamp of the stem and spacers can develop fractures which can lead to a complete collapse of the fork.”
The defect affects 13 different models of 2017 Scultura CF2 bikes, both with rim brakes (Scultura 4000/4000-Juliet;/5000/6000/Special Edition) and disc brakes (Scultura Disc 200/400/Disc 400-Juliet/Disc 500/Disc 4000/Disc 4000-Juliet/Disc 5000/Disc 6000). Owners are advised that the affected bikes should not be ridden or used until a local Merida dealer replaces the fork.
The defect was first discovered amongst the team bikes being raced by an Italian amateur road cycling team. Three fork steerers were cracked and several more were showing signs of fracture. Subsequent testing by an independent test lab in Germany confirmed a defect and prompted Merida to issue the recall.
The forks affected by the recall can be identified by a sticker with a QR-code on the steerer. All those bearing the production code A-0-UD and model numbers FK-CF1638 (rim brake version) and FK-CF1638D (disc brake version) will be replaced.
At this stage, Merida expects to have a stock of replacement forks ready in the next 2-4 weeks. For more information, visit Merida.