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Cervélo recalls R5 and Caledonia-5 bikes and framesets

The Canadian manufacturer has issued a stop-riding notice on the 2022 models due to stem issue

Cervélo USA has issued a stop-riding notice and recall of a number of its 2022 R5 and Caledonia-5 models due to concerns that issues with the bikes’ stem could force the handlebar to slip at the recommended torque.

The recall only applies to the USA and Canada at the moment, but is expected to be extended worldwide.

The Canadian manufacturer’s recall affects all of the brand’s 2022 R5 bikes and framesets – used by Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma on their way to Tour de France glory in July – as well as selected models of the endurance-focused Caledonia-5 and the ST31 LT stem in black.

2022 Cervelo R5 Force eTap AXS.jpg

Cervélo R5 Force eTap AXS 2022

Owners of the affected models have been advised to stop riding the bikes immediately and to contact their local Cervélo dealer, where the faulty stem faceplate will be replaced for free. If the bike was bought online, customers should fill out a form on the company’s recall page

In a statement released this week, Cervélo said: “There is an issue with the bicycles’ stem faceplate, which could lead to the handlebar slipping at recommended stem bolt torque levels, thereby increasing the risk of a rider losing control of their bicycle and falling.”

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cervélo has received 13 reports of the issue, one of which has resulted in an injury. BikeRumor reports that 1,800 bikes and 182 stems in the US are affected by the recall, with a further 243 of the faulty models sold in Canada.

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“This recall does not affect any other Cervélo products,” the company’s statement continues. “If you own a bicycle that is covered by this recall, please stop riding the bicycle immediately and contact an authorized Cervélo dealer to arrange for a free repair to replace the faceplate.”

The following bikes, frames and parts have been recalled:

  • R5 2022 Dura-Ace Di2 (Five Black)
  • R5 2022 Red eTap AXS (Five Black)
  • R5 2022 Force eTap AXS (Lime & Black)
  • R5 2022 Force eTap AXS (Five Black)
  • R5 2022 Ultegra Di2 (Lime & Black)
  • R5 2022 Ultegra Di2 (Five Black)
  • R5 2022 Frameset (Five Black)
  • R5 2022 Frameset (Lime & Black)
  • R5 2022 Frameset (Jumbo Replica)
  • Caledonia 5 Dura-Ace Di2 (Oasis)
  • Caledonia 5 Red eTap AXS (Five Black)
  • Caledonia 5 Frameset (Aqua Pearl)
  • Caledonia 5 Frameset (Five Black)
  • Caledonia 5 Frameset (Oasis)
  • ST31 LT Stem (Black)

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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