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A 'cycling nut' who broke his back in four places when his new Giant carbon road bike collapsed under him is suing the company for more than £200,000.
Ben Norbury, a keen club rider and amateur champion paid £2,199 for a brand new Giant Propel Advanced 2 2021 in the autumn of that year, only to have the fork separate from the steerer tube five months later in February 2022 whilst he was in the saddle doing 15mph.
Mr Norbury, 39, who designed and runs top cycling weather app myWindsock, suffered multiple spinal fractures when he hit the ground face first close to his then home in Sandbach, Cheshire.
He went on to sue Giant UK Ltd - part of the world's largest bike manufacturing company - claiming over £200,000 compensation on the basis that there was an 'inherent defect' in the bike when it was manufactured which caused his accident.
After initially denying liability and arguing that Mr Norbury had caused the issue with the bike himself by changing the stem and handlebars, lawyers for the company have now admitted fault, guaranteeing him a payout.
Ben Norbury, 39, who runs top cycling weather app myWindsock, suffered multiple spinal fractures when his bike collapsed and he hit the ground face first close to his home in Sandbach, Cheshire
Mr Norbury, pictured with his wife Caroline, went on to sue Giant UK Ltd - part of the world's largest bike manufacturing company - claiming over £200,000 compensation on the basis that there was an 'inherent defect' in the bike
In documents lodged with London's High Court his barrister Adam Korn - who described Mr Norbury as a 'cycling nut' outside court - set out the circumstances of the accident.
'On the day of the accident when he rode over a slight difference in the surface level of the road the forks of his front wheel separated from the alloy steerer tube crown,' he explained.
'He went headfirst off his bike and hit his head and face,' he added, explaining he had no time to break his fall and crunched onto his head in the impact, suffering concussion, dental injuries and a broken nose- on top of the