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Millions of Bikes Recalled

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.