Bike maker Orange has issued a recall of forks used on some Orange RX9 bikes. The company says that no catastrophic failures have occurred but it's taking no chances.
Orange says it has two instances of the steerer becoming detached from the rest of the fork. This occured after the owners reported the forks making a creaking sound and where the forks were removed for inspection.
Orange advises that all RX9 owners should immediately examine their bike's fork. The two illustrations below show what you should be looking for. Problem forks have a shallower 'cathead' where the steerer joins the fork legs.
Orange says that owners of RX9s should not ride their bikes until the fork has been checked and they are certain it is safe to use.
For full details see the Orange website. If you have any questions you should contact your Orange Dealer or Orange Bikes directly on 01422 311 113.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.