A recall has just been announced which involves bikes equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub. Bicycles that do not have disc brakes are not included in this recall.
The hazard is described as follows: An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.
When the front QR is fully opened, if there is less than 6 mm between the QR and disk brake rotor on the wheel, the bicycle is included in this recall. A video showing how to determine if a bike is included in this recall is available at www.quickreleaserecall.com. The recalled bicycles include the following companies, brands and model years:
|Company||Brand||Model Year||Web Page|
|Accell North America||Diamondback, Raleigh||2004-2015||www.diamondback.com
|Advanced Sports International||Breezer, Fuji, SE||2005-2015||www.breezerbikes.com
|Cycling Sports Group Inc.||Cannondale, GT||1998-2015||www.cannondale.com
|Felt Racing LLC||Felt||2006-2015||www.feltbicycles.com|
|G. Joannou Cycle Co. Inc.||Jamis||2005-2015||www.jamisbikes.com|
|Giant Bicycle Inc.||Giant||2003-2004||www.giant-bicycles.com|
|LTP Sports Group Inc.||Norco||2000-2015||www.norco.com|
|Performance Bicycle Inc.||Access||2009-2015||www.performancebike.com|
|Quality Bicycle Products||Civia Cycles||2008-2012||www.civiacycles.com|
|Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)||Novara||2002-2015||www.rei.com|
|Specialized Bicycle Components||Specialized||2002-2015||www.specialized.com|
There have been three incidents reported in which an open quick release lever on a bicycle’s front wheel hub came into contact with the bike’s front disc brake assembly and caused the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. In one incident, an adult male suffered a broken finger, a wrist injury, a shoulder injury and abrasions. No injuries were reported in the other two incidents.
The recall affects 1.3 million bikes sold in the USA and almost 250,000 soldin Canada, but SpyCycle does not have numbers for here in the UK. If on viewing the video you feel that your bike is one of the ones involved, you are advised to stop using your bike immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.
(Note: the disc brake rotor image is a stock photograph and not indicative of the disc brakes used in any of the bikes in the recall!)
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