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Merida Recalls Scultura CF2 2017 Carbon Forks

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan – Merida announces the recall of selected 2017 Scultura carbon forks as they might break under stress. On this recall the bike maker states, “The carbon steerer of the forks is not able to withstand the stresses and strains it will be exposed to. Under intensive use, the steerer underneath the clamp of the stem and spacers can develop fractures which can lead to a complete collapse of the fork.”

Merida Recalls Scultura CF2 2017 Carbon Forks
Recall because ‘carbon steerer of forks used in Scultura CF2 and aluminium MY 2017 models is not able to withstand stresses and strains it will be exposed to’. – Photo Merida

The affected forks have been used in the following Merida Scultura CF2 and aluminium MY 2017 models:

Scultura CF2 RIM version MY17
MY17 Scultura 4000
MY17 Scultura 4000-Juliet
MY17 Scultura 5000
MY17 Scultura 6000
MY17 Scultura Special Edition
Scultura CF2 Disc version MY17
MY17 Scultura Disc 200
MY17 Scultura Disc 400
MY17 Scultura Disc 400-Juliet
MY17 Scultura Disc 500
MY17 SculturaDisc 4000
MY17 Scultura Disc 4000-Juliet
MY17 Scultura Disc 5000
MY17 Scultura Disc 6000

Identifying affected forks

The affected forks are limited to two model numbers and one production code. The details can be found on a sticker with QR-code that is visible when the stem is removed and the fork has been taken out of the frame.

  • FK-CF1638 (model number – rim brake version) or
  • FK-CF1638D (model number – disc brake version)
  • A-0-UD production code

Only forks with either of the two model numbers as well as the production code are affected. If there is a different number on the sticker on the carbon fork steerer than the fork is not affected and has passed all safety tests.
Merida further says that “the corresponding 2018 models are not affected.”
The company is in conjunction with its dealers running a replacement scheme for the affected forks. Merida expects that the first replacement forks will arrive around the middle/end of August.

Reports on cracked Scultura CF2 fork stems

This recall is triggered after Merida received reports of three cracked Scultura CF2 fork-stems from an Italian amateur road-team. Due to that Merida R&D started immediate investigations. “Following a safety check at the other team-bikes, we found several of them showing the beginning of fractures. As a direct consequence, we passed a bigger number of identical forks to a leading independent test-lab in Germany. The result was that these forks were not fit for purpose.”

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