If you own a Specialized bike with a Future Shock, listen up. Specialized just announced a voluntary safety recall which affects the Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge & Sirrus, and includes bikes from the 2017 to 2019 model years.

Specialized announces steerer tube collar recall for Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, & Sirrus
All of the bikes included in the recall are equipped with the Specialized Future Shock

Apparently, the steerer tube collar on some of these bikes may crack as a result of “stress corrosion”. Due to the unique design of the Future Shock, cracks in the steerer collar may result in loss of steering control while riding.

Specialized announces steerer tube collar recall for Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, & Sirrus
Above is a chart of the affected models by year. If your bike is included, you should stop riding it and head to your local Specialized dealer. There they will replace the collar with a revised design which also has a different torque value to prevent issues in the future. The full recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be announced soon.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. interesting to know if its actually stress corrosion cracking and what the corrosive element is (electrochemical…carbon?)
    Good recall.

  2. Do not “head to you local Specialized dealer” without calling first to make sure they have the replacement parts available to install. This was just announced and parts are on the way…

    • Yeah, I called my “dealer” and it was the first they had heard of it. They called me back and said that Specialized was sending their stores (Bike Barn in Houston) a total of 150 today, which was only like 25% of their registered buyers who fall under the recall. More coming in a few weeks. But if you have one of these it’s best to get out in front now.

    • Sagan raised his hand during the 2018 Roubaix – but that was to get an allen key to tighten the collar up again 🙂 (He was definitely not tighten his stem – whatever it might say in his book!)

        • So the stem is knocked out of plane to the point that he need to correct it mid ride by undo stem bolt, make it straight then tighten it back?
          Man, he is a legend. I’d just keep riding with tilted bar because i’m afraid of crashing while correcting it.

  3. Mmmh,mine snapped the day before 8/1/19 when unfortunately I lightly clipped a car at about 10mph no other damage to bike,wheel etc,(broke the cars rear light lens)and Specialized has no spares as in forks/frames for diverge’s are not likely to have in the near future.so cannot give me a price.
    Thanks Specialized your throw away bike manufacturers.

  4. And the bike industry will continue to use aluminum alloys like 7075 that have been forbidden for decades in other industries for their susceptibility to that corrosion.

  5. No surprise – the method they were using to preload the headset bearings didn’t work (see Peter Sagan at Roubaix 2018 – he wasn’t tighting this stem!). I guess it was failing because it was almost always loose, so due to stress. Not sure about corrosion, it’s covered by a plastic cap – perhaps salt off the road might have had an effect.

  6. I just talked to our spec rep about this. The original failure came from a trainer and someone sweating buckets over the stem area. 99% don’t have to worry about a failure. Would i still have it replaced…you bet.

    • In Europe Specialized will have to give them the parts since Spesh have issued a product safety recall, which applies to the bikes regardless of whether the owner is the original one or not. How it will or won’t work in the US I have no clue.

  7. Recall is a responsible action by a company, not a shame for its quality. I can’t find my fitting on Specialized but I still like what this company make.

  8. That slotted stub of carbon in the top picture is frightening. No way I’d ride that design. That’s a poor way to clamp a carbon tube.

    • I guess you’ll just never ride at carbon bike at all then since its exactly how a seat post is clamped? This design has obvious flaws but that is definitely not one of them.

  9. I hope the specialized haters out there realize that a lot of companies issue recalls and sometimes things happen that are beyond what someone might normally test for. You can’t make a product that is going to always be absolutely 100% all the time for all conditions it might face.

    If you have had a chance to ride the futureshock it is quite nice and gives a great ride quality without cutting back on efficiency! It may not be for everyone and certainly I would rather have a nice steel or titanium bike with some wider tires but for those that lin plastics and aluminum bikes this is nice!

    Sure the recall sucks but other brands have recalled stuff or stopped making it do to problems and everything is OK in the end. People more and more want a little suspension on their bike without all the weight so Products like this, eeSilk,Isospeed, shockstop stems…exist for that purpose. I don’t want a mountain bike for mostly road and gravel riding but a little smidge of extra comfort ain’t bad.

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