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Various steer tube failures near the lower edge of a threadless stem clamp, 2010 6-series Trek Madone bicycles. From Velo News as of 2010/07/12.
Bryan Vaugn reports on 2010/05/15, his handlebars separated from the bicycle without warning while racing, separated just below the stem. The next week, a teammate reported a similar failure. Both riders were pulling up on the handlebars when they separated. Both riders crashed. Paul Wilmington reports a similar failure on 2010/05/22. Two other unnamed riders reported similar failures in April. A poster also reports two failures
Trek says over-tightening the stem, incorrect spacer use, and an incompatible stem contribute to failures, and that similar problems occur with other carbon-fiber steer tubes. A Trek representative says:
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