Thursday, February 25, 2016

ENVE Carbon Fork Recall

If you're a regular Retrogrouch reader, it's unlikely that this would apply to you, but there is another carbon fork recall in the works. Recently, ENVE and the CPSC announced a voluntary recall of the ENVE Road 2.0 disc brake fork. Apparently the forks, which are made in Vietnam, have the potential to break just above the disc brake mount. So far, they've had a handful of failures of the forks, though there are no reports of injuries at this time.

According to the CPSC, the affected forks have 1.25" tapered steerer tubes and were sold for about $540 between June 2014 and December 2015. Owners should check the serial numbers marked on the steerer tube. Affected forks have serial numbers beginning with VCT1406, VCT1410, VCT1411, VCT1501, VCT1503, VCT1505, VCT1506, VCT1507, VCT1508, VCT1509, and VCT1510.

If you, or someone you know has a bike with one of the forks, CPSC says they "should immediately stop using the recalled forks" and contact ENVE for a full refund or a substitute model (recall form HERE).

Many things about this recall say that it's unlikely that any retrogrouches would be affected. "Carbon Fork," "Disc Brake," "Tapered Steerer," and "$540." But you might have a friend who won't (or shouldn't) be riding until they get this thing sorted out. If that's the case, please be nice and let them borrow a solid, reliable steel bike until they can get their new forks from ENVE.

Of course, there's always the risk that they won't want to give your bike back.


  1. Fine time for ENVE to get purchased, not.!ENVE-sold-to-Mavic-parent-Amer-Sports/xkhn4/56cb424f0cf29064e5ecee7f

    I don't follow these guys that closely, but since when does top shelf, made in the USA so it's going to be expensive, but it's the best because of it, become, we whore out production to Vietnam, but still charge a premium, despite now proving we can't design stuff well enough to survive the vagaries of overseas QC standards?

    This industry just bugs me more and more with each passing year.

  2. "$540" made my eyes bug out. For plastic. Feh.

    I've seen a CF fork crap out on a guy pumping up a hill before. Luckily, he landed on his side, rather than his face, but that still was pretty good confirmation for me that I should stick with my steel forks. (and rim brakes...)


  3. $540 for prone to failure fork. My whole Italian racing bike in pristine condition costed $650 back in the day. It's already 27 years old and likely will outlast its rider.

  4. I would love to shave a pound or two off my bike with a carbon fork, but there's always stories like this. Or else, someone I know with carbon fiber suffers a catastrophic failure. Recently a friend's 2 month old mountain bike broke into two when a pivot point failed. His comment was, "all of a sudden, my bike was much longer." The company involved is less scrupulous than Enve, though; apparently they know they have a batch of carbon fiber death machines out on the trails, but don't want to recall them.