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Specialized recalls 2016 Venge ViAS frames with rim brakes

Affected bikes need to have a new rear derailleur hanger fitted

Specialized has announced the voluntary recall of all of its model year 2016 Venge ViAS frames with rim brakes. This includes S-Works and Pro level frames sold as complete bikes and/or modules and all warranty frames.

“Specialized has received isolated reports from the field of the rear wheel coming out of the rear dropouts, which can cause fractures in the rear triangle,” according to the recall notice. “When this happens, there is a risk of injury as a rider may lose control and fall.”

Specialized is telling affected riders to stop using the bike and take it to their nearest authorised Specialized retailer for the free installation of a new rear derailleur hanger that will prevent the rear wheel from coming out of the dropouts. The dealer will also inspect the rear triangle for any damage. 

Users will receive an Specialized gift when they take in their bike, although what that gift will be hasn’t been made public. 

The recall applies to rim brake models only, not to the disc model that we first told you about back in July. 

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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