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Not affected forks – markings on the replacement forks
If there is a different number on the sticker on your MERIDA carbon fork steerer than the fork is not affected and has passed all safety tests.
To determine at a later date if one of a replacement forks have been fitted, there will be a clear identification on the fork. Further details regarding its identification will be published at a later date.
We test beyond the norm
Even with the fork-stem being one of the most safety relevant parts of the bicycle, as a failing will cause losing control of the bike and can have serious consequences for the rider, there is no international test-standard (such as ISO 4210) which includes proving the fork-stem’s durability under the forces introduced by the handlebar! Just the lower part of the front-fork is covered by legal standards within defined testing programs.
MERIDA as an extremely safety conscious manufacturer runs external lab-tests of the fork-stem at the beginning of a new fork model being produced to certify the construction and the manufacturing process to be safe.
Our SCULTURA CF2 fork went through the test program and got homologation of high-level product safety.
After we had reports of three cracked SCULTURA CF2 fork-stems from an Italian amateur road-team, MERIDA R&D started immediate investigations: Following a safety check at the other team-bikes, we found several of them showing the beginning of fractures. As a direct consequence, we passed a bigger number of identical forks to a leading independent test-lab in Germany. The result was that these forks were not fit for purpose.
How could this happen?
After intense discussions with MERIDA’s manufacturing partner, we learned that despite regular checks an irregularity had occurred in the production process, which has a detrimental effect on the strength of the fork and therefore on the safety of our customers. To ensure the safety of our customers we immediately decided to recall the affected forks.
Replacement fork and the problem is solved
The new replacement fork has the originally set strength and is has passed the most demanding safety tests.
Are full carbon forks dangerous?
No, carbon front forks are not dangerous items. With the right design, consistent manufacturing, stable QC and careful treatment by mechanics no other material offers the same package of lightweight, high durability and long life-span.
Safe when looked after and installed correctly
MERIDA can further underline that no other material than carbon fibre offers the same package of lightweight, high durability and long life-span. However, it has to be made clear to everyone that incorrect treatment (carbon material is torque sensitive) and parts combinations (many available h-bar stems designs with open rear-clamps, big internal windows and sharp edges are not carbon fork-stems friendly) can impact the life-span of full carbon-forks.
We would like to say sorry
As one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world, MERIDA is fully aware of its responsibility towards its customers. The reason for this recall was neither foreseeable or actively avoidable. By surpassing any officially require level of testing we determined the shortcoming of our forks. It is hugely regrettable that our customers will not be able to use the affected models before the forks are replaced. As cycling fans ourselves, we are aware how important time on the bike is for our customers and we are going to do our utmost to rectify this situation as soon as possible. We would like to apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will cause.