You have to have a lot of free time to keep up with this one over there. I have read a lot, but not all. I am pretty sure that the real problem is QC in general - and so far no one really knows how far back. People assume it is just only "very new" units but I am not convinced, and no one is assured (from what I have read) of when the problems began.
The real concern is the lack of information, and I believe that it because CCH doesn't really have any, or any QC program, or customer service, or web site deveopment, or the capability to fill their orders...it's a shame.
The more severe QC problem seems to be the strength of the braze/solder of the cable to the stem. I would be concerned that this would affect all Aliens. Again there is little to go on at this time.
PS What size is an orange Alien? - Aliens have already vanished from the REI and mgear web sites - the only two I checked.
Edited by Mark Heyman (01/12/06 05:33 PM)