from Biking Biz:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission ( along with Giant announced a recall.

Giant recalls 1,000 bikes and frames for fork flaw

Giant Bicycle is recalling about 1,000 TCR Advanced SL and SL (ISP) bicycles and frames because a problem in the density of the steerer tube can cause the forks to crack and break.

The 2009 model bicycles were sold from August through December last year for between $3,300 and $7,500. Cyclists are urged to stop riding the bicycles immediately and take them in to a Giant dealer for inspection and replacement fork.

The recall notice posted at the Consumer Product Safety Commission describes the part:

This recall involves 2009 TCR Advanced SL Team, SL 0, SL 1, SL 2, and SL (ISP) model bicycles and frames in silver, charcoal, blue and red. The words “Giant” and “TCR Advanced SL” are printed on the frame. Steerer tubes with “B”, “N” or “P” at the end of the serial number are not included in this recall. Other “TCR” model bicycles are not included in the recall.

The bikes were made in Taiwan

For information, see the Giant Bicycle website or call toll-free at (866) 458-2555 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Now the US site has this as an MR and the AU site is silent, it could be that only US imported bikes are involved, but AU importers are often slow on the uptake and if you have a bike in this category I would discuss it with your Giant dealer and seek clarification ( and remove the fork, to check its serial number as a precaution as dealers may not "know" yet or " want to know !"

Search for your Aust dealer here
email contact Giant Aust here:


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by Bill Strickland

Imagine the lousy badness that might ensue if you happened to be munching a Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch Clif bar with a Best By/Sell By date of 21JUN09 to 01OCT09 while you were rolling down the road on a 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL Team bike sold by an authorized Giant Bicycle dealer nationwide from August 2008 through December 2008 (without a B, N or P at the end of the steerer tube serial number), which you had upgraded with a Mavic R-SYS front wheel.

Initially, I experienced nothing but overwhelming gratitude for the honest and expedient actions of those three companies, as well as the 13 others that recalled cycling products in 2008. Then came the guilt: While some of the sport’s largest and busiest corporations have gone out of their way to ensure my safety and happiness, I personally have been cavalier in my regard for the well-being of other cyclists.

I am immediately today right now announcing a voluntary recall of several actions of mine related to bikes. The recalled incidents were manufactured with or contain significant amounts of stupidity, ignorance, overconfidence, disregard for consequence and dignity, and in some cases two shots of Jameson in one water bottle. The boneheaded things I did while enjoying the sport of cycling could potentially cause serious and sometimes fatal harm to young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons affected by my riding mistakes might experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, the effects of these actions could produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis:

• When my friend Steak — so desperate to do a snowy weekend cross-bike group ride that he borrowed an undersized, overgeared singlespeed from me and outfitted it with his road pedals — slid on an icy patch at the bottom of a descent and crashed right in front of the rest of us, my first response was laughter.

• My second response, given while he was still curled in a ball, was “Is my bike okay?”

• I organized Weenies Up Tenth, an uphill time-trial involving hot dogs and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

• I watched an entire episode of Tool Academy while on the trainer — which is somewhat forgivable given that brain function ceases after ten minutes of either activity, but then I went upstairs and explained the intricacies of the main characters and plot arc to Beth.

• I turned a front-row start at the Mercer Cup U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross into a 51st-place finish.

• I passionately and publicly vowed I would never ride Campy 11-speed because it was just a marketing gimmick, then I put my hands on those delectable hoods and that same day while the economy continued to crumble around me I ordered an entire group — plus the $169 chain tool.

• In recent bike tests in the magazine, I have claimed in various cases that a bike “runs like a thoroughbred under LT spinning,” “cavorts up hills,” and “carves through corners like a knife just off the whetstone,” none of which are possible. I also said of one that, “There’s no front and no rear. There’s just bike,” which is about as helpful and informative as getting advice from a stoned Buddhist Hallmark Greeting Card writer.

• I actually spent enough time on to find out that I am ranked the 85th-best 45-year-old Cat 3 in the country. Then I told someone.

• Finally, I posted a blog built on a gimmicky response to current events.

Please Note: Cyclists who witnessed or were influenced by these actions should discard the memory or return to me for a full apology. In the interest of continuing public safety, all cyclists who become aware of personal failings are urged to immediately issue their own recalls. Otherwise, you deserve to endure salmonella poisoning with your jaw wired shut.

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