Cannondale has voluntarily issued a Safety Recall Notice with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products affected in the recall include 2007 and a few 2008 Cannondale bicycle models that are equipped with 2-Piece, Road and Mountain System Integrated Cranksets. 3-Piece System Integrated Hollowgram Cranksets and 3-Piece Carbon System Integrated Cranksets are not affected.
Cannondale has learned from FSA (Full Speed Ahead is the manufacturer of these cranks) that a manufacturing process error caused a defect in the aluminum spindle portion of the crankset. "A small percentage of spindles were essentially overcooked during heat treatment causing very small cracks in the wall of the spindle," says Chris Peck, VP R&D at Cannondale.
"It’s important to note that this was a manufacturing error on a limited run of goods. The manufacturing process itself is not flawed, nor is it a design flaw," continues Peck. "The System Integrated, oversized BB30 compatible spindle has been in the Cannondale line since the year 2000 without issues. It is race-proven at the highest level and has passed the highest fatigue testing standards in the industry when manufactured correctly."
"FSA is a valuable partner, has taken full responsibility for the error in manufacturing and worked quickly to make the necessary changes to correct it," Peck said.
The Safety Recall Notice has been distributed to all Authorized Cannondale Dealers in conjunction with specific inspection procedures. Additionally, Cannondale is conducting a mailing direct to consumers. FSA has put appropriate control procedures in place to ensure quality prior to shipments. Cannondale has also added appropriate incoming Quality Control procedures in order to detect this problem in the future prior to assembly.
"Rider safety is of paramount importance with this recall. We urge anyone that has purchased one of these bikes to contact their dealer immediately and have your bike inspected," says Peck.
Cannondale reports that at this point no injuries have been reported. It is estimated that approximately 2300 bicycles may have the defective spindle. Replacement parts will be provided and installed free of charge to individuals affected by this recall.
For information on specific bicycle models affected, the notice has been posted at www.cannondale.com or call the company at 1-800 BIKE USA in the US and +31 541573580 in Europe.