Trek issues voluntary quick release skewer recall

Massive recall effects approximately one million bikes

Here's the right and wrong way to close your quick release.

Here’s the right and wrong way to close your quick release (click to enlarge).

In a continued effort to ensure safer riding conditions for cyclists, Trek Bicycle is issuing a voluntary nationwide safety notice to riders, retailers, and the media relating to improper use of specific quick releases with disc brakes that has been discovered to result in a potential accident.

At the center of the notice is the discovery that certain quick releases with a lever that opens greater than 180 degrees can become caught in a front disc brake while riding if improperly adjusted or left open. This could effect up to one million bikes.

Trek is taking proactive measures to bring attention to this previously undiscovered finding in order to keep all cyclists safer on the roads. Trek also encourages riders to check their bicycles’ quick release before every ride for secure attachment, which is a simple but necessary step to ensure proper quick release usage.

As part of a voluntary safety recall notice, Trek will provide through its local authorized retailers a free replacement quick-release, including free installation, a process that takes a certified mechanic less than five minutes. For every cyclist who brings in an affected bike with the quick release and disc brake combination, Trek will also issue a $20 coupon good towards any Bontrager product redeemable through Dec. 31, 2015, at a local authorized Trek retailer.

Authorized Trek retailers have been notified of the issue and are ready to begin inspections immediately. Trek encourages Trek owners to review proper quick release usage at, which includes instructional videos, or to consult their local retailer. Videos demonstrating proper quick release usage have been uploaded to Trek’s YouTube channel as well.

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  • travis slater says:

    So that’s why my qr lever was on the rotor side, anyways put it on the other side and tightened it down and locked it who cares.

  • Keith says:

    Like the other comments and any professional bike builder would do, reverse the quick release. Ever tried taking your wheel off right after a ride or to fix a flat with the quick release on the disc side. Bet you got burned! Common sense bike shop owners.

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