According to an ABC News Report, several domain names used to sell cycling products online have been shut down for selling counterfeit products. If you have purchased from one of the below listed domain names you are advised to discontinue use of the purchased products as the quality and usability of these products can not be guaranteed. All of these domains have now been shut down and instead display only the image pictures at right.
It is reported that bank accounts have also been seized in this operation, indicating that sales may have actually taken place. While ABC is reporting that all domains were “Houston domains,” Internet whois records for the domains still show contact information in various states and countries, including China. Domain registration seems to have been handled via a company named HICHINA ZHICHENG TECHNOLOGY LTD., GODADDY.COM, LLC or ENOM, INC.
Update: A government news release ICE has further stated that counterfeit frames from this vendor were tested and found to be unsafe:
Our engineers have tested counterfeit frames in our lab and frankly they don’t hold up. They failed our impact and fatigue tests and the aluminum head tube cups de-bonded, making steering vague and loose – that is simply not safe,” says Andrew Love, head of brand security at Specialized. “The counterfeiters just want to make a sale; they have zero interest in the customer. Our product integrity and rider safety are very personal for us.
ABC Lists the following domain names as those confiscated in the raid: