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Specialized recalls 8,300 aero bars

Specialized announces that aluminum and carbon bars on Shiv bikes sold between 2012 and 2015 are unsafe

Specialized has issued a recall of about 8,300 aerobars that were sold on the Shiv — model years 2012 through 2015 — and 2013 Transition time trial bikes.

There have been four instances of users having the bolt, which holds the aero extensions, loosening. There have been no reported injuries. Owners of this bar are instructed to return it to their Specialized retailer and have it swapped for no charge. Riders who feel inconvenienced will receive a $100 credit toward Specialized merchandise.

The handlebars were sold in carbon and aluminum in black color with a white Specialized logo. Bars sold in the aftermarket were priced between $200 and $575.

Specialized dealers have been notified that the fix requires mechanics to swap to low-stack aero extension, which use two bolts, rather than a single bolt. This swap, Specialized claims, should put riders in a similar position, but if not, they can contact Specialized Rider Care.

For more information on the recall, take your affected bike into your local Specialized dealer, and read more here.