Cannondale, in conjunction with the CPSC, has issued a recall of model-year 2013 to 2016 CAADX cyclocross bikes equipped with disc brakes. The forks on these bikes can break, which can result in serious injury or death.
To date, there has been one fatality and 11 injuries reported, seven of the injuries were serious and resulted in concussions and a spinal injury.
This fork recall only applies to CAADX cyclocross bikes equipped with disc brakes. The bikes included in this recall were sold from August 2012 through August 2017 for between $1,000 and $2,200. Approximately 9,700 CAADX cyclocross bikes affected by this recall were sold in the US, another 1,900 were sold in Canada.
It appears that CAADX owners have experienced fork problems dating back to this post on the MTBR forums from 2013.
According to a statement posted on Cannondale’s website, the company conducted testing but was unable to identify the cause of these fork fractures.
“We, and several other independent parties, conducted extensive testing on the issue and did not identify a defect in the forks. However, given the circumstances, we decided the best course of action was to inform riders of these incidents and make a free upgraded replacement fork available through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s voluntary recall process.”
These recalled disc brake forks can be identified by external brake routing down the left fork leg and the word “UltraX” printed on the inside fork legs.
Owners are urged to stop riding recalled CAADX bicycles immediately and bring them to the nearest authorized Cannondale dealer to have a free replacement fork installed.
For more information, visit https://www.cannondale.com/en/International/Safety-Notices-and-Recalls.