Some 13 companies representing 17 brands are collectively recalling disc-brake bikes that have quick-release levers that open more than 180 degrees and can thus contact the rotor. Although a bike should never be ridden with an open QR release, these companies are erring on the side of caution with the voluntary recall of some 1.5 million bikes in North America.
Involving the identical component, this recall follows a very similar recall by Trek, which affected some 1.7 million bikes, as it included most entry- and mid-level mountain bikes sold since 1999.
This recall involves disc bikes with a black or silver QR lever on the front hub. When the front QR is fully opened, if there is less than 6mm — or the width of a #2 pencil — 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.
Here are the brands affected, plus United States contact information for each. Currently the recall only affects those within the US, although we suspect we’ll see the recall in other countries soon.