Cyclist died after carbon forks separated, Coroner rules

Jonathan Weatherley died when the bonding on his Kinesis Racelight T carbon forks separated under braking, an inquest has ruled

A Coroner has recorded a narrative verdict in the death of a cyclist who was fatally injured after his carbon fibre forks separated under braking in August 2015.

Jonathan Weatherley, 43, was found by a passerby in Twinstead, Essex, on August 23 with multiple injuries and attempts to save him were unsuccessful when emergency services arrived.

Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray concluded that the bonding on the Kinesis Racelight TK2 separated. The Racelight T carbon forks have since been recalled by UK distributor Upgrade Bikes.

“Jonathan Weatherley probably applied braking through his front brakes for some unknown reason, causing the bonding between the carbon fibre blades and aluminum crown to fail as a result of the fact that the bonding material had not adequately bonded these two components together. Jonathan died as a result of his injuries sustained in this accident,” the Coronor said.

>>> Recall of Racelight T carbon forks

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed they are taking legal action against the supplier, Upgrade Bikes., although it is believed that Mr Weatherley did not buy the bike directly from them.

“We are now investigating the manufacture and supply of these forks to find out how this product came to be on the market and whether any other cyclists may still be at risk,” said Thomas Jervis of Leigh Day. It is believed that Mr Weatherley did not buy the bike directly from Upgrade Bikes.

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