Skewers Skewered by Expanding US Product Recall

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As we predicted at the time, news arrives this morning that the QR recall previously affecting Trek bikes has now expanded to encompass more companies. Thirteen in total, all US-based, representing seventeen brands, and a total of around 1.5 million bikes. Working with various consumer safety groups, they’ve set up to explain the issue and offer a simple test to see if your bike is affected. As Brant advised in the comments to our last article, swapping the side your front QR tightens on is not a workaround to this issue.

Since hearing of this earlier, we’ve sought to clarify matters regarding the UK. So far, we’ve heard from Felt, Cannondale and GT that this recall is for US territories only and that, due to no reports of injuries caused by this issue, they are not issuing it in the UK. They did, however, stress the importance of checking your QRs before each ride.

Brands affected (in the US) are:

SE Racing

But, as we said, this is only currently being done in the US. In fact, Shimano has issued a statement on the matter. It states that “Shimano has posted a safety reminder about Shimano’s quick releases on the top page of its websites worldwide’  and that ‘Shimano’s quick releases, both steel and aluminium levers – are safe when uses as instructed in the safety manual that accompanies them.” and that while it will work to revise future QR levers so that they are in compliance with the proposed new standards, that it’s not recalling anything and that if you actually read the instructions, then there’s nothing to worry about.

If you’ve got this bit flopping around, then get worried. If you haven’t, then you’re probably OK.


David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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