Specialized introduced the first major production mountain bike in the world, the Stumpjumper, in 1981. While the model is still produced today so are the counterfeit bicycle frames and accessories.
If you're looking for a new Specialized frame be aware that (as with most brands) there are fake Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper carbon hardtail frames around. Recent US Customs seizures of specialized products are illustrative of the counterfeit bicycle products problem.
A number of websites that were selling counterfeit high-end carbon bike frames, apparel and cycling shoes were identified by in a recent enforcement effort. These websites were selling counterfeit items were targeted towards cyclists of all levels who shop online.
Bike enthusiasts purchasing what they think is brand-name merchandise may experience problems such as badly fitting apparel or counterfeit bike carbon frames that could cause serious injury since they are unsafe to ride. "The bikes will fail," said Andrew Love, head of brand security at Specialized, which triggered the probe three years ago by asking federal agents for help. "People who get their hands on these, they don't realize they are dangerous."
Counterfeiters are also getting bolder. Specialized had recently designed new jerseys - which were being used by professional riders - but before the legitimate manufacturer could ship them to stores, counterfeiters already had seemingly identical products on the Web.
This is the authentic $4000 Specialized S-Works Venge Boonen Limited frameset.
Counterfeit Specialized S-Works Venge frame seized by HSI investigators in a crackdown on illegal websites and retail sellers. (photo: ICE)
Could you identify this frame as a counterfeit?
Not much effort went into advertising this "New" counterfeit Specialized Venge frame on a China website.
This frame is advertised for just $650 and free shipping -- a fraction of the authentic items retail price.
Counterfeiters also offer the counterfeit Venge frame frames in colors.
Always check the Specialized website for authentic colors and details.
This counterfeit apparel worth was part of a shipment of counterfeit bike parts and accessories seized by HSI investigators in Houston, Texas en-route to the retail market.
A number of websites that were selling counterfeit high-end carbon bike frames, apparel and cycling shoes were shut down and now display this message.