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Salsa issues rim recall

Salsa Cycles has issued a recall of 466 of the company’s Alto disc-brake specific mountain-bike rim. The company reports that a faulty extrusion in the manufacturing process could cause the rim to fail catastrophically without warning. The Salsa Alto Disc rim is a black mountain bike rim with a 543 ERD made in 32 and 36 hole models. It is a disc-brake specific rim. The rim is labeled “Salsa Alto” in yellow, red, and white. The rim also has large “Salsa” decals on the side.The rims in question were sold by Quality Bicycle Products and other distributors to retail bike shops across the

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Salsa Cycles has issued a recall of 466 of the company’s Alto disc-brake specific mountain-bike rim. The company reports that a faulty extrusion in the manufacturing process could cause the rim to fail catastrophically without warning.

The Salsa Alto Disc rim is a black mountain bike rim with a 543 ERD made in 32 and 36 hole models. It is a disc-brake specific rim. The rim is labeled “Salsa Alto” in yellow, red, and white. The rim also has large “Salsa” decals on the side.The rims in question were sold by Quality Bicycle Products and other distributors to retail bike shops across the United States. The rims were sold from January 26, 2001 to September 6, 2001.

If you own one of these, you might go back up and re-read that phrase “fail catastrophically without warning.” We believe that strongly suggests that you should stop using the rim very soon — like right now.

Affected consumers should contact the retail bike shop from which they purchased the rim (call, walk or drive – don’t ride) and arrange for a replacement.

Dealers can secure a return merchandise number. Salsa will credit the retail bike shop for the rim, provide a replacement rim or wheel – depending on whether a rim or wheel was originally purchased. The company will also credit the shop for the labor associated with rebuilding wheels.

For more information call Salsa’s Alto Recall Hotline at 877/887-2572 or send an e-mail to pman@salsacycles.com.