Source: Norco Bikes
Norco Bikes has issued a safety recall for a number of their down hill and free ride mountain bike frames from 2007-2009, due to a cracking issue at the headtube. Read on to see if your Norco bike is affected, and what to do about it.Norco has been in the bike business for many years. Recently, Norco has issued a recall
of some of the front triangles on their full suspension frames. The recall affects about 3,700 bikes in the U..S alone.
If any of you guys and girls are riding a frame affected by the recall, take it in to your shop and Norco will replace it. I'd hate to see any fellow rider get seriously hurt by this.
Here's the word strait from Norco
[Quoten]WHY YOU ARE RECEIVING THIS NOTICE:
Norco Performance Bikes, in conjunction with the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, is conducting a voluntary safety campaign of the above identified bicycle frames. Even though these frames have exceeded the requirements of the world’s most stringent testing standards, Norco has received reports that the head tube areas of these frames can develop cracks in abusive riding conditions. These cracks could cause the head tube to separate from the remainder of the frame, resulting in a fall from the bicycle, an accident and personal injury.
<Deleted photo>WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:Immediately
check your frame in the areas shown in the photograph above. If you see any evidence of a crack, do not ride your bicycle.
Bring your bicycle to Norco dealer to make arrangements for your continued riding. If your frame shows no
signs of any cracking, you may continue riding your bicycle. However, you may not perform any jumps or drops greater than 5 feet (1.75 meters) in height. If you perform any jumps or drops, you must use proper riding form, and both wheels must land simultaneously on a transition or down ramp. In addition, you must
inspect your frame before every ride to make sure that there is no evidence whatsoever of any crack. Contact your local Norco Dealer to schedule a free front triangle replacement upgrade, whether or not your frame shows any evidence of a crack.If you have any questions, please contact your local Norco dealer or visit our website at www.norco.com
US and Canada (800) 663 8916 ( 8:30‐5:00 Pacific time)
Outside US and Canada (604) 552 2940
We appreciate your assistance in communicating this safety notice to other owners of these bicycle frames.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Norco Performance Bikes[/Quoten]
Here's some of the bikes affected:
The models, years and serial numbers affected are;
2007 Team DH
Serial#:A60600011 ~ A60600210
Serial#:A60700175 ~ A60700194
Serial#:A60700213 ~ A60700242
2008 Team DH
2008 ALine PE
Serial#:A70300042 ~ A70300306
Serial#:A71001223 ~ A71001507
Serial#:A71003347 ~ A71003356
Serial#:A71002746 ~ A71002788
Serial#:A71002252 ~ A71002517
Serial#:A70706842 ~ A70707276
Serial#:A80201805 ~ A80201904
Serial#:A80202243 ~ A80202317
Serial#:A80202413 ~ A80202452
2008 Shore 1
2008 Shore 2
2008 Shore 3
Serial#:A70700101 ~ A70700150
Serial#:A70900001 ~ A70900220
Serial#:A71001508 ~ A71001607
Serial#:A71003357 ~ A71003366
Serial#:A70803780 ~ A70803939
Serial#:A71002518 ~ A71002734
Serial#:A71002828 ~ A71002865
Serial#:A80201905 ~ A80202042
Serial#:A80202318 ~ A80202378
2009 Atomik (without gussets)
Serial#:A80600371 ~ A80600401
Serial#:A80600403 ~ A80600420
Serial#:A80602453 ~ A80602595
Serial#:A80602597 ~ A80602747
Serial#:A80901137 ~ A80901145
Serial#:A80901147 ~ A80901150
Serial#:A80901153 ~ A80901165
Serial#:A80901167 ~ A80901177
Serial#:A80901179 ~ A80901220
Serial#:A80901222 ~ A80901236
Serial#:A81200949 ~ A81201038
The recall affects all the sizes and colours of these models. It's important to note that the second production 2009 Atomiks with side and under down tube gussets are NOT affected by the recall. Also, if you have a redesigned frame and there is a “o” stamped after the serial number the frame is not involved in this recall either.
You can find more info on Norco's
website. Like I said, take the frame in to your local shop. Even if your frame isn't cracked, I'd still recommend taking it in. We all know we'll get bored if we don't "perform any jumps or drops greater than 5 feet (1.75 meters) in height". We also know that we're not always smooth having both wheels "land simultaneously on a transition or down ramp". If you're riding one of the affected frames, take it in. Because nobody likes a snapped headtube.
Some of you out there might be whining, "Norco sucks, that's why they snap". The way I see it, Norco is doing a good thing by admitting there is a danger with some of their frames and recalling them. They are losing money to keep us riders safe instead of pretending there is no problem and watching us all eat a face full of dirt. For that, I give major props to Norco.