Bianchi has issued an urgent product recall due to a defect in the forks in some of its 2017 bikes including the Infinito CV and Intenso models. The recall only relates to bikes with calliper brakes, and disc brake models are unaffected.
In a post published on Facebook yesterday, the Italy-based brand said:
Bianchi’s internal test laboratory has recently detected a possible defect in the forks of a limited quantity of 2017 model year: Infinito CV, Infinito CV Dama Bianca, Intenso and Intenso Dama Bianca (non disc version) bikes and framesets. The failure could result in serious injury.
For this reason, we are recalling and replacing forks from model year 2017.It’s advised that you immediately stop using the bike and contact your Bianchi Dealer to arrange for a replacement.
Forks affected can be identified from the photos below. If you have a model that is not the same as appears in the photos below [see them at this link], then you can continue to use the bicycle without any problem. This affects only 2017 season calliper brake models.
Wholesalers, distributors and dealers have been asked to stop selling all bicycles that are affected and contact their customers of sold bicycles to inform them and schedule to replace their forks with new forks we will provide as soon as possible.
Due to the volume of these popular models, the end of August is the earliest we can hope to have all replacements. We realise this a lot to ask and hope that you can bear with us while we resolve the problem.
Safety and reliability are equal to the performance we design into every Bianchi bicycle and we apologize for your inconvenience. We are conducting continuous testing to ensure your safety and the intended performance of our products.
The product recall coincides with Merida issuing one for the forks of certain of its 2017 Scultura models.
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