RECALL ALERT: Trek recalls 1 million bicycles


Yes, 1 million bicycles.

A recent hub malfunction has left a rider paralyzed from the neck down. This is the third accident stemming from the same defective part.

Figure1Figure2The problematic part is the quick release lever on the front hub of bicycles with disc brakes. If the lever pops open while riding, it can travel further than 180 degrees, resulting in contact with the front disc brake assembly. Contact between this two components can lead to the bike coming to an immediate stop, or a complete wheel separation.

The recall affects a range of bikes with models between 2000 and 2015. These were sold as early as September 1999. Any bike with a front disc brake and a black or silver quick-release are among the defective. Over 900,000 of these bikes were sold in the US, and over 90,000 bikes sold in Canada. The bikes being recalled range in price from $480 to $1,650.

If you own one of these bikes, you are advised to stop using it immediately. Contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of an updated quick release lever on the front wheel.

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Marc is the founder of The Crux Collective. In addition to playing in the mountains, he loves media creation. His vision for Crux Collective is to bring a fresh, modern approach to our outdoor world. Marc is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Twitter: @brewingdigital

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