Öhlins warn to STOP riding on RXF 36/34 Air Forks

We love Ohlins forks, their RXF 36 and RXF 34 forks can perform on par with the best when setup correctly. So we are surprised to see that Ohlins has released an immediate recall for all forks and have advised to STOP riding any bike fitted with an RXF Air model. These forks are OEM equipment on many Specialized models, and as such, this recall will certainly frustrate many riders.

From Ohlins website: “Based upon reports from the field, we’ve concluded the Öhlins RXF 36 29/27.5 Air forks and all RXF 34 Air forks sold to aftermarket and spec’d as original equipment on the 2017 Stumpjumper, Enduro, and Fuse, and the 2018 Stumpjumper, Enduro, Levo, may contain a defect in the top cap which potentially affects safety. Specifically, the right-side top cap on some forks may not be adequately torqued which in some cases may lead to the top cap working itself free through riding. When this happens, the air cartridge may abruptly spring out of the stanchion tube causing a risk of injury to the rider. Therefore, we’ve decided to ask riders to stop riding, and our dealers to stop selling, affected forks and bicycles.

We are working urgently in partnership with Specialized on a remedy to this issue. Once we have obtained the necessary government approvals on our solution, we will issue a recall to fix the forks and get you back riding. As we progress with our recall strategy and approvals this site will be continuously updated.”

If you have a bike fitted with an RXF Air fork (coil forks are not affected) you should contact your dealer for more information. You can follow the recall on the Specialized homepage.

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Words: Photos: Specialized