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1.Bicycle Safety #

Keep this manual for your reference. It is critical that you consult your dealer and component manufacturer’s instructions where indicated in this manual, as many tasks should only be done by your dealer.

Adhere to all torque and sizing specifications for press fits and thread fits. Over-tightening can damage threads or cause parts to fail. Using the wrong size part can cause parts to fail and may cause a crash, which can result in serious injury and/or death.

As with all mechanical components, the bicycle is subjected to wear and high stresses. Different materials and components may react to wear or stress fatigue in different ways. If the design life of a component has been exceeded, it may suddenly fail and may cause a crash, which can result in serious injury and/or death. Any form of crack, scratch, dent, delamination, unusual noise or change of coloring indicates that the life of the component has been reached and it should be replaced before riding.

In the event of an impact or crash, damage to composite components or frame may be invisible to the user. Consult your dealer immediately for inspection. Your bicycle requires regular maintenance, frequent inspection, and the replacement of parts to address any issues.

After any crash or impact, or if you have exceeded the maximum weight limits, immediately contact your dealer for inspection.

Do not exceed 150°F (65°C) exposure to your bicycle. High temperatures, such as an open flame or other heat sources, may damage the adhesive that holds the joints that hold frame parts together.

Excessive vibration or “harmonic oscillation” from imbalances of the wheels or frame indicates a serious problem. Stop riding the bike immediately and consult your dealer.

Do not attempt to repair the damaged frame. It is impossible to predict how forces from a crash or impact have damaged a frame or parts. Repairing a frame can compromise your safety and will void the warranty.

Do not place your hands near a moving drivetrain. The areas where the chain contacts the front and rear sprockets or derailleurs can pinch fingers and hands.

Do not place your hands near a moving wheel. A moving wheel can catch your hand between the spokes and frame or other components and can crush your hand.

Do not place your hands near sprocket teeth or disc brake rotors, which have sharp edges and can cut skin.

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Last updated on 16.11.2018

2.Riding Safely #

Obey all local laws with CPSC or CE safety standards. Failure to wear a helmet when riding may result in serious injury and/or death.

Watch for hazards while riding, such as potholes, railroad tracks, cattle guards, debris, or variations in the road. These hazards can damage wheels and tires or cause you to lose control of your bicycle and crash, which could result in serious injury and/ or death.

Use a proper front and rear lighting system and reflectors for riding in conditions with poor visibility or low light, such as fog, dusk, dawn, or night time. Reflectors alone are not sufficient for riding a bicycle in these conditions. Failure to use a proper lighting system and reflectors in these conditions could prevent you from being able to see and could prevent you from being seen by other people. Failure to use a proper lighting system or reflectors in these conditions is extremely dangerous and may result in serious injury and/or death.

Wet, muddy, snowy, or loose surfaces will impair traction, steering, and braking ability. The risk of a crash is dramatically increased in these conditions and can lead to serious injury and/or death.

Watch for “toe overlap”, which is when your foot makes contact with the front wheel, tire, or fender as you turn the bicycle at slow speeds. This can cause you to crash, which can result in serious injury and/or death. Test your equipment at slow speeds without pedaling to make sure your foot has clearance during slow speed turns. Check for toe overlap each time you change your cranks, shoes, pedals, or tires.

Mountain biking and road riding is an inherently dangerous activity and can result in injury even at slow speeds. Stunt riding, jumping your bicycle, riding at high speeds, lift-access, racing, and other types of extreme riding is considered extremely dangerous and increase your risk of injury and/or death. Even with the most advanced safety gear, you could become seriously injured or killed when stunt riding, jumping, riding at high speeds or competing. To decrease your risk of injury, know your limits, use your bicycle correctly, and always wear an appropriate helmet style and appropriate safety gear.

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Last updated on 19.11.2018
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