San Diego bicyclists have more to worry about than sharing the road with
dangerous drivers. A safety defect has prompted the recall of more than
one million bicycles. An issue with the disc brakes can greatly increase
the risk of a serious crash.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice states
that an open quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can
come into contact with the front disc brake rotor, causing the front wheel
to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bike. This can cause the
rider to crash and has resulted in at least one injury.
The massive recall involves 1.3 million bikes sold by 13 different manufacturers,
including Diamondback, Cannondale, and Jamis. The defective bikes were
sold at bicycle stores nationwide from about 1998 through 2015 for between
$200 and $10,000.
The recall impacts bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black
or silver quick-release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub. Bicycles that
do not have disc brakes are not included in this recall. When the front
QR is fully opened, if there is less than 6 mm — or the width of
a #2 pencil — between the QR and disk brake rotor on the wheel,
the bicycle is defective.
The CPSC website provides a detailed chart showing the manufacturers and
models impacted by the bicycle recall. A video showing how to determine
if a bike is included in this recall is also available at
Due to the risk of a serious bicycle accident, the CPSC advises that consumers
should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company
for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.