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Full Speed Ahead Crank Sets Recalled Due to Crash Hazard

(Image credit: CPSC.)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Full Speed Ahead, of Woodinville, Wash., announced a voluntary recall of about 9,300 Full Speed Ahead BB30 Gossamer crank sets installed on numerous makers of bicycles today.

Manufacturer: TH Industries, of Taiwan

Hazard: If the fixing bolt is over-tightened on the non-drive crank arm, the bolt shoulder can crack or break. If this occurs, the non-drive arm can fall off the bicycle causing the rider to crash and suffer injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: Full Speed Ahead has received 11 reports of incidents, including two cases where injuries have been reported.

  • 2010 Sempre Ultegra
  • 2010 CAAD9 5, CAAD9 5 Feminine
  • 2010 Six Carbon 5
  • 2010 Slice 4, Slice 4 Nytro, Slice 5
  • 2010 Synapse Carbon 4, Carbon 4 Feminine, Carbon 5
  • 2011 CAAD10 5 105, CAAD10 5 105 Feminine
  • 2011 Slice 5, Slice 5 Womens
  • 2011 SuperSix 5 105, SuperSix 5 105 Womens
  • 2011 Synapse Carbon 4 Rival, Carbon 4 Rival Womens, Carbon 5
  • 2011 CAAD8 5 105
  • 2011 CAADX 105 Cyclocross
  • 2011 F75
  • 2011 F75X
  • 2010 ACR 1.0
  • 2010 ACR 2.0
  • 2010 ACR 3.0
  • 2010 CD.0.1
  • 2010 C3
  • 2011 RX 1.0
  • 2010 RX 1.0
  • 2010 CFR Comp

Gossamer BB30 non-drive crank arms that are included in the recall have serial numbers beginning with 10B, 10C, and 10D. Serial numbers are located on the backside of the crank arm by pedal threads (see pictures below).

(Image credit: CPSC.)

Note: MegaExo model Gossamer cranksets and Gossamer BB30 cranksets with three drive gears (referred to as triple cranksets) are not involved in this recall.

Sold as: Assembled as standard original equipment on the bicycles listed. Sold by independent bicycle retailers nationwide from February 2010 through October 2010.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles that have the recalled crank arm sets and return bicycle to the dealer. The dealer will install the new non-drive crank arm free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information on obtaining a free replacement non-drive crank arm, contact Full Speed Ahead toll-free at (877) 743-3372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, via email to, or visit the firm's website at (pdf).

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