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    Recall on all Trek bikes with front disc brakes and quick release

    This recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake. Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.

    Incidents/Injuries
    Trek reports three incidents, all including injuries. One incident resulted in quadriplegia. One incident resulted in facial injuries. One incident resulted in a fractured wrist.

    Remedy
    Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise. (The coupon has no cash value.)

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    Bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

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    Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.
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    Taiwan and China (bicycles)
    Manufactured in
    Taiwan (quick release)

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    Just a few bikes

    POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BIKES BY MODEL YEAR
    Model Year Bike Model
    2000 8000 LT, Hoo Koo E Koo, VRX 400
    2002 4300 D, Tassajara D
    2003 4300 D, 4900 D, 6700 D, Diesel Freeride, Liquid 30, Sugar 2+, Tassajara D
    2004 4300 D, 6700 D, Attitude XV, Fuel EX 100, Liquid 55, Palamino SS, Sugar Race, Sugar Race XT, Tassajara D
    2005 4300 D, 4500 D, 4500 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Bitter, Bruiser 2, Bruiser 3, Cronus, Fuel 70, Mullet
    2006 4300 D, 4900 D, 6500 D, 6500 D WSD, 6700 D, 7.5 FX D, Bitter, Cake 3 D, Cobia, Cronus, Fuel 70, Jack 2, Kaitai, Mullet, Mullet 24, Piranha, SU 200, Utopia
    2007 4300 D, 6000 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.5 FX D, Bitter, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Hifi, Jack 1, Jack 2, Jack 3, Kaitai, Mullet, Mullet SS, Piranha, SU 200, Tassajara D, Tassajara D GS, Utopia, Wahoo D
    2008 3900 D, 4300 D, 6000 D, 6500 D, 6500 D WSD, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Advance, Advance GS, Cobia, Cronus, Fuel EX 5.5, Fuel EX 5.5 WSD, Fuel EX 6.5, Hifi, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Marlin D, Monona, Montare, Mullet, Mullet SS, Piranha, Rig, Soho 1.0, Soho 3.0, Soho 4.0, SU 200, Tassajara D, Utopia, Wahoo D
    2009 2300 D, 3900 D, 6000 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, 8000 D, 8000 D WSD, 69er geared, Cobia, Fuel EX 5.5, Fuel EX 5.5 WSD, Fuel EX 6.5, Fuel EX 7, Fuel EX 8, Fuel EX 8 WSD, Hifi, Hifi GS, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Mamba, Marlin, Montare, Mullet, Paragon, Piranha, Police, Tassajara D, Utopia, Valencia, Wahoo D
    2010 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Advance D, Cobia, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Hifi Pro 29, Hifi+ 29, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Mamba, Marlin D, Marlin D GS, Montare, Mullet, PDX, Piranha, Skye SL D, Tassajara D, Utopia, Valencia, Valencia+, Wahoo D, X-Caliber
    2011 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 6000 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, 8000 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.3 FX D WSD, Advance D, Cobia, Elite 9.7, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Fuel EX 6, Fuel EX 6 WSD, Fuel EX 7, Fuel EX 8, Hifi+, Mamba, Mamba 29, Mamba 29 WSD, Mamba GS, Marlin 29, Marlin, Marlin SS, Montare, PDX, Police, Sawyer, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, Soho DLX, Transport, Transport+, Utopia, Valencia+, Wahoo D, Wahoo D WSD
    2012 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 4900 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.3 FX WSD, 7.5 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, Cobia, Fuel EX 5, Lush, Mamba, Mamba WSD, Marlin 29, Marlin 29 WSD, Marlin SS, Neko SL, PDX, Sawyer, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, Soho, Superfly, Superfly 100, Transport, Transport+, Valencia+, Wahoo, Wahoo D 29, X-Caliber, X-Caliber WSD
    2013 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 4700 D, 4900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Cali, Cali S, Cali SL, Cobia, Fuel EX 4, Fuel EX 5, Lush, Lush 29, Mamba, Marlin, Mynx, Neko SL, Police 29, Skye SL D, Superfly Comp, Transport, Transport+, X-Caliber, Wahoo
    2014 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4700 D, 4900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Cali, Cali S, Cali SL, Cali SLX, Neko SL, Neko SLX D, Police 29, Skye SL D, Superfly 6, X-Caliber 4, X-Caliber 5, X-Caliber 6, X-Caliber 7, X-Caliber 8, X-Caliber 9
    2015 520 D, 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Marlin 5, Marlin 6, Marlin 7, Neko SL, Neko SLX, Skye S D, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, X-Caliber 6, X-Caliber 7, X-Caliber 8, X-Caliber 9

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    Just to clarify, is it only quick release or does it include thru axles? If I am reading it correctly, thru axles are ok.

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    It's QR only. And tbh...if you just make sure your qr lever is tight before you ride you won't have an issue.

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    I agree. Common sense isn't that common. I have never had a problem.

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    What about non-disc bikes that came with disc posts on the fork? I'm going to upgrade my youngest to disc soon.
    I will suffer no butt-hurt fools!

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    Asking here won't get you a reliable answer.

    The best thing you can do is go to your bike, flip the QR skewer and if the lever opens up past 180 degrees (enough to tangle with the rotor), you have a problem.

    Even if you are careful about closing it tight, it's a good idea to get rid of a part that has any potential for failure.

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    Damn. We have two bikes on that list.... 2014 X-Caliber 6 and 2015 Skye SL.

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    Or you could just switch the quick release lever to the other side (non-rotor side) problem solved

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulsmith55 View Post
    Or you could just switch the quick release lever to the other side (non-rotor side) problem solved
    While that is true and could be a fine temp measure, I'd still replace it. My thought would be be, "If opens too far, what else did they skimp on?"

    Let's think about what this QR does..........it holds your wheel in the right place.

    I'm going to put that on the highly important list of parts. So, $20-25 for a good XT or SLX front QR is a no brainer.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    I just got back from the Trek dealer. 5 minutes and no pain. Also received a $20 gift certificate on Bontrager items. Basically all it does is cost you time and the gas to go to the store.

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    So basically the quick release lever is really long compared to other skewers, and they just swap it out to one with a shorter lever?

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    It doesn't appear to be able to pivot as far so it stays further away from the disc. That's the way I see it at least.

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    It looks like the problem was people NOT tightening their skewers properly.

    1) Either insufficient tension when they cammed it over, and it "uncammed" and hit the brake rotor, which then jammed.
    2) Not camming it over at all, and tightening the skewer like a large wing nut. Again, the lever could then move and hit the rotor.

    FAILURE IS NOT THE SKEWER's fault, but operator error. If the new skewer is used JUST like the old one, you will still have a potentially LOOSE WHEEL which can fall off.

    The new skewer ONLY prevents the lever from jamming in the rotor, not further failure due to improper usage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    It looks like the problem was people NOT tightening their skewers properly.

    1) Either insufficient tension when they cammed it over, and it "uncammed" and hit the brake rotor, which then jammed.
    2) Not camming it over at all, and tightening the skewer like a large wing nut. Again, the lever could then move and hit the rotor.

    FAILURE IS NOT THE SKEWER's fault, but operator error. If the new skewer is used JUST like the old one, you will still have a potentially LOOSE WHEEL which can fall off.

    The new skewer ONLY prevents the lever from jamming in the rotor, not further failure due to improper usage!
    I get what your saying...but my 10 year old rides a 5700. Does she know that she is supposed to check the QR before riding? Of course! She has been shown.

    Does she check it every time? She's 10...so I doubt it.

    What is common sense to us isn't to a newbie....and one of those riders is now paralyzed for life because of an improperly closed QR thats design allowed for catastrophic failure even if the front wheel never left the ground.

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    when is the recall for the rear wheel ? lol
    2015 Trek Emonda SL6 with Bontrager Aeolus 3, wheels, RXL 90mm stem, Time I-clic carbon pedals, Gatorskin tires
    2015 Trek Stache 8 - Renthal carbon bars, Renthal apex 50mm, Xpedo Spry, Fox fit damper
    2014 Trek Slash 7- Renthal carbon bars, Renthal apex 40mm, xt brakes, raceface 32t cinch, 1 up 42, fox doss, Xpedo Spry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    Asking here won't get you a reliable answer.

    The best thing you can do is go to your bike, flip the QR skewer and if the lever opens up past 180 degrees (enough to tangle with the rotor), you have a problem.
    I think you misunderstood my question. I asked if they will cover bikes that were sold with post mounts but not disc brakes. Checking the lever is moot on a bike that does not have rotors. I want to know if Trek will exchange the skewers since we are upgrading to disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigflamingtaco View Post
    I think you misunderstood my question. I asked if they will cover bikes that were sold with post mounts but not disc brakes. Checking the lever is moot on a bike that does not have rotors. I want to know if Trek will exchange the skewers since we are upgrading to disc.
    Best to check with your local dealer. Or a not so local dealer if the answer is 'no.'

    I'll check tomorrow myself. I wouldn't mind picking up that gift certificate although I'm pretty much loaded up on accessories.
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    if your QR lever does this-



    you can/should get a new skewer from your local Trek dealer.

    I am certain that Trek is not the only company that sold disc brake bikes with skewers like that, so I have to wonder what Trek's motivation was in the recall. safety is great, but it looks good for a company to take on a recall instead of waiting for more injuries and lawsuits. every other manufacturer is going to have to check with their bikes to make sure they don't have the same problem and they will probably have to recall some bikes too. it's like Kryptonite after it became common knowledge that some of their lock designs could be picked with a plastic pen.

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    Well this is strange, mine is listed as part of the problem but mine doesn't go past 180 degrees and I also found out there was a 2014 fork recall where the fix for some bikes was replacing the quick release.
    There is a nice chart on it here
    2014 Suntour Fork Recall
    Now to complicate things, I bought this bike this week, used, so I'm not 100% if I have the updated quick release from the 2014 replacement. To make it more confusing, the 2014 or 2015 are included in the recall so even that updated part from last year's recall would be bad too?

    Bike is a 2012 8.3 btw.

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    I called the local trek dealer. I said the fork had disc mounts and the QR in question.

    He said it wasn't necessary to bring the bike in since the problem only affects bikes with disc brakes where the lever (fully opened) could get caught in the rotor.

    So much for my attempt to get that useless $20 gift certificate. I guess I'll have to call another dealer.

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    My 2013 X-cal is on the list but it's qr's won't open far enough to hit the rotor so not every bike is affected.

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    "I think you misunderstood my question. I asked if they will cover bikes that were sold with post mounts but not disc brakes. Checking the lever is moot on a bike that does not have rotors. I want to know if Trek will exchange the skewers since we are upgrading to disc."

    The answer to your question is no. At the current time only bikes on the list are "covered". The problem is not the qr, but a matter of proper set up of equipment and proper pre-ride checks. If you set up the bike in question with disc brakes, the PROPER location for the qr lever in on the opposite side of the fork from the rotor. The QRs in question work just fine as long as the are properly tightened. About 80% of the QRs out there WILL open past 180 degrees. In 52 years of riding I've only had maybe 3 sets of QRs that would not open further than 180, and never had a problem.

    So it is safe to convert your youngsters bike to disc and use the same QR. Just put on the opposite side of the fork from the disc rotor. However, if it makes you feel better then replace the QR with something that won't open past 180. It'll cost you maybe $20. Not a bad price for peace of mind.

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    Good Thread. I am Taking my Fuel EX 6 and my wifes Fuel Ex 5 in. I know hers will get replaced but I don't think mine will. I always check but for free parts and a $20 coupon why not.

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    I had that happen to me, in a rocky wash in Death Valley. Fortunately I was going up-hill at the time, but it was pretty scary. Took a few minutes to calm down and figure out that it was fixable. I've had a lot of trouble with the front pads rubbing on the disks, and have to get the alignment just right, which probably accounted for it being a little loose. Bad place to be loose.

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