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Recall of Forma bicycle frames 2002 – 2008

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Subject: STEVENS Forma bicycle frames built between 2002 – 2008

Voluntary recall of Forma frames


During our on-going internal and external quality control processes, we discovered that in exceptional cases STEVENS Forma frames can exhibit a fault. We have therefore decided to exchange the frames affected. Here we will explain the best course of action for Forma owners.

STEVENS Vertriebs GmbH is committed to conforming with the strictest criteria when it comes to the safety and reliability of its products. That is why we carry out intensive quality control both internally and externally during the construction and production phases of our bicycles and continue to monitor the materials and constructions used in our products after their market launch.

After isolated cases of failures in the frames of STEVENS Forma bicycles (so-called “Low-step-thruframes”), the frequency of which is far below statistically significant levels, we have decided to launch a voluntary recall of the frames as a precaution.

In isolated cases for the bicycles in question, the stability of the frame at the connection between the head tube and down tube is affected. In cases such as this, the frame does not have any safety margin and this could result in a fall with consequential or personal damage.

Your safety comes first. That is why we are exchanging the affected frames free-ofcharge.
We kindly request that you refrain from using your STEVENS Forma bicycle with immediate effect.

List of affected models
Model Model year Fork Colour
Elegance SX 2002-2008* Threaded Silver, black
Courier SL 2008* Ahead Grey
Jazz 2002-2008* Threaded Grey, blue, red, green
Galant 2002-2008* Threaded Black, red, blue
Primera SX 2005-2007 Threaded Dark blue
Primera SX 2008* Ahead Dark blue (2009: Grey)
Primera Luxe 2008* Ahead White
Primera Lite 2009* Ahead Grey
Avantgarde SX 2003-2004 Threaded Silver (2004: Dark blue)
Esprit SX 2007-2008* Ahead Black

* Only the first production models from 2009 are also affected. Please check the shape of your down tube.

How to exchange your STEVENS Forma frame.

If you own one of the STEVENS Forma frames affected, please follow the three steps outlined here to exchange your frame without any problems.

1. How do I know whether my bike has an affected frame?

Oval down tube welded to the head tube zoom
Oval down tube welded to the head tube

Affected frames up to 2008

Please first look at the head tube and the central down tube. (The head tube is the tube which connects the handlebar and fork, while the down tube is the lower tube which leads from the head tube to the bottom bracket.)

The STEVENS Forma frames affected have an oval shaped central down tube which is directly connected to the head tube with a weld seam all the way around.

Down tube enforcement on lower connection to Head tube zoom
Down tube enforcement on lower connection to Head tube

Non-affected frames from 2009

The STEVENS Forma frames not affected by the recall (i.e. those built after 2009) have a flat, triangular strengthening bracket on the underside of the down tube.
A straight sidewall connects the head tube and the down tube on the underside of the down tube.
The weld seam is slightly curved.

2. What is the technical explanation for the fault?

Between the year 2002 and 2008, the down tube on the STEVENS Forma frames was welded to the head tube. If this welded connection was not optimally executed, cracks can form after longer periods of use. In the medium term, this can lead to the frame breaking. The isolated cases in which this has occurred can be traced to individual welding errors in this crucial part of the bike.

Forma frames built between 2002 and 2008 conformed to the state of the art in frame building at the time and passed all long-term load tests in line with the trekking EN norm. After recent investigations into the isolated cases of failure and further testing with additional loads, as a precaution STEVENS has decided to exchange the Forma frames currently in circulation. Although the risk of this error occurring in your frame is very low, we can now give no assurances as to the stability of your frame.

EFBe Prüftechnik LogoThat's why we would like to give you the opportunity and would strongly urge you to exchange your old frame for a new frame which conforms to the 2012 technical standards. The frames from the 2012 model passed the Standard-, High- and auch Top-Performance testing levels at the famous EFBe Institute.

3. I have an affected STEVENS Forma frame. What can I do?

Very important: Please refrain from riding your STEVENS Forma bike!

First, you should contact your STEVENS retailer. If you do not have STEVENS retailer, you can find a STEVENS retailer near you using our retailer search feature.
We have informed all STEVENS retailers – they know the situation and will take care of you and your STEVENS bike. All you have to do is bring your STEVENS Forma to the retailer. Ideally, you should also print out the form below and fill it out before bringing it with you to the retailer.

PDF-File PDF file Forma frame exchange form (579.2 kB)

Your retailer may also write to you if your address was saved when you purchased the bike.

4. Are there any other options aside from exchanging the Forma frame?

Yes. If you do not want to upgrade your current STEVENS Forma bike, which could be up to 10 years old, and you would instead prefer a completely new STEVENS bike, please contact your STEVENS retailer.

Thank you for your help and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Best regards,
STEVENS Vertriebs GmbH

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