A limited product recall of SRAM hydraulic brakes for road bicycles announced last fall has been expanded to include all of the Chicago-based company’s hydraulic brake systems for road bikes.
SRAM and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommended that consumers immediately stop riding bikes with those brake systems and contact a local SRAM dealer. SRAM will install a replacement brake system for free and include a $200 product voucher or cash per customer.
See the SRAM product recall website. You can also get more information from SRAM by calling (800) 346-2928 between 9 and 5 on Mondays through Fridays.
The major recall was spurred by reports of 95 brakes failures in the US; most if not all of them during cyclocross races in sub-freezing temperatures. Two minor injuries were reported.
SRAM already has begun replacing the brakes at cyclocross events with mechanical setups.
VeloNews reports that SRAM isn’t giving up on hydraulic brake systems for road bikes, however. In fact, it accelerated its design and engineering program for a new hydraulic brake system that should be available to consumers by late spring.
Bicycle Retailer quotes the company, “In sub-freezing temperatures, several failures were reported. In these conditions the master cylinder seals failed to hold pressure, resulting in abrupt loss of brake power and an inability to stop the bike.”
The recalled brake models are the SB Red Hydraulic Road Disc, SB Red Hydraulic Road Rim, SB 700 Hydraulic Road Disc and SB 700 Hydraulic Road Rim, used as either front or rear brakes.
The defective brakes were manufactured in Taiwan. The Consumer Product Safety Commission notices puts the number of recalled brake systems at 25,350.
The serial numbers for the recalled brakes have the digit “3” as the fourth digit of the serial number. The serial number can be found on the bottom of the caliper body.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that the brakes were sold separately and as original equipment on the following bicycles:
|ASI||Fuji Altamira CX 1.1|
|Cannondale||Super X Hi-Mod Black Inc.|
|Diamondback||Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pro Disc|
|Felt Bicycles||F2xZ2 RedZ3 Red|
|Norco||Threshold C1Threshold SL|
|Specialized Bicycles||Crux Elite Carbon Disc RivalCrux Elite Evo Carbon DiscCrux Expert Carbon Disc RedCrux Pro Race Carbon Disc RedCrux Sport E5 Disc ApexRoubaix SL4 Elite Rival HRR C2Roubaix SL4 Sport Disc SRAM C2Ruby Elite Rival HRR
S-works Crux Carbon Disc Red
S-works Roubaix SL4 Disc Red
S-works Tarmac SL4 Red HRR X2
S-works Venge Red HRR X2
Tarmac SL4 Elite Rival HRR M2
Venge Elite Rival HRR M2