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1.5 million bikes with front disc brakes recalled

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In one of the biggest bicycle recalls ever, 1.5 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick-release levers are being recalled.

Front wheel with disc brakes

Front wheel with disc brakes

As first noted by a Trek bicycle recall of 1 million bikes earlier this year, the problem stems from improperly closed front quick-release levers that come loose and can get caught up in the disc brake rotor on the front wheel, causing a fall.

The bike manufacturers of 17 brands developed a pencil test to help consumers determine whether their ride is at risk. Here’s a video showing how to test your bike, as well as how to properly tighten your front quick release lever. (The recall does not include bicycles without front disc brakes.)

On some models, the problem goes back to bicycles built as early as 1998.




Brands covered in the recall are: Diamondback, Raleigh, Breezer, Fuji, SE, Cannondale, GT, Felt, Jamis, Giant, Haro, Norco, Access, Civia Cycles, Novara, Ridley and Specialized.

If your bike fails the pencil test, you should stop riding it immediately and contact the manufacturer listed in the table below for free installation of a replacement quick release lever on the front wheel. The new quick release can’t get jammed in the disc brake rotor.

The 17 brands represent 13 manufacturers who build bikes in China, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Taiwan.

More information can be found at quick release recall and Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the quick release lever assembly is responsible for three incidents in the latest recall.

Brand,  Year(s),  Web PagePhone Number

Diamondback, Raleigh 
2004-2015
800-251-8435
800-251-8435
Breezer, Fuji, SE
2005-2015
888-286-6263
Cannondale, GT
1998-2015
800-245-3872
800-843-2453
Felt
2006-2015
866-433-5887
Jamis
2005-2015
800-533-9010, ext. 237
Giant
2003-2004
866-458-2555
Haro
2000-2015
800-289-4276
Norco
2000-2015
800-263-2344 (Eastern US and Canada)   800-663-8916 (Western U.S. and Canada)
Access
2009-2015
800-727-2453
Civia Cycles
2008-2012
877-311-7686
Novara
2002-2015
800-426-4840
Ridley
 2014-2015
877-283-7545
Specialized
2002-2015
800-722-4423




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