Cervélo USA recalls R5, Caledonia-5 road bikes, frames, and replacement stem for slip hazard

Cervélo announced Thursday that stems on a wide range of road bikes could allow the handlebar to slip at the recommended torque.

On Sept. 15, Cervélo USA recalled multiple R5 and Caledonia-5 road bikes and framesets over a torque problem at the stem. The brand’s ST31 LT replacement stem is also affected.

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The recalled ST31 LT stem and R5 Jumbo-Visma Replica frameset. Photos c. Cervélo

The recall comes from the stem faceplate, which could allow the handlebar to slip at the manufacturer’s recommended stem bolt torque level—an increased fall hazard results. Cervélo has received 13 reports of the issue as of this writing, and one has resulted in an injury, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Cervélo dealers nationwide sold the bicycles and replacement stems from May 2021 through July 2022 for between $5,000 and $13,000 for the bikes and about $300 for the stems. The recall affects approximately 1,800 bikes and 182 stems, the CPSC said, and another approximately 243 bikes sold in Canada.

Affected bikes, framesets, and what to do

  • R5 Dura Ace Di2 — Five Black
  • R5 Red eTap AXS — Five Black
  • R5 Force eTap AXS — Lime/Black
  • R5 Force eTap AXS — Five Black
  • R5 Ultegra Di2 — Lime/Black
  • R5 Ultegra Di2 — Five Black
  • R5 Frameset — Five Black
  • R5 Frameset —Lime/Black
  • R5 Frameset — Jumbo-Visma Replica
  • Caledonia-5 Dura Ace Di2 — Oasis
  • Caledonia-5 Red eTap AXS — Five Black
  • Caledonia-5 Frameset — Five Black
  • Caledonia-5 Frameset — Aqua Pearl
  • Caledonia-5 Frameset — Oasis
  • ST31 LT Replacement Stem — Black

If you have one of the two recalled models or the replacement stem, you should stop riding immediately and contact an authorized Cervélo dealer, the CPSC advised. The dealer will arrange for a free repair to replace the faceplate.

Alternatively, you can fill out an online form if you fall under specific criteria per Cervélo.

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Ernest Fitzgerald
Ernest Fitzgerald
15 days ago

If I had this bike, I would ignore the recall. A piece of duct or electrical tape on the bar where it meets the stem face plate, and done.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
15 days ago

And you’ve tested this with the particular product? I thought so.

SpaceRaccoon
SpaceRaccoon
14 days ago

As a mechanic, this is terrible advice. There are ways to safely increase friction and torque on a clamp, but duct or electrical tape is not one of them.

R. Delgato
R. Delgato
14 days ago

This is a head scratcher. My impression is that it is probably only the carbon stem equipped Caledonia-5s that have a potential problem. The Rival equipped bike isn’t mentioned (has alloy stem). Looking at the build specs I see they are saying Force and Di2 bikes now have allow stems. Does anyone know if this is an allow vs carbon issue?