Rocky Mountain Bicycles has just recalled at least 78,300 mountain bikes due to a quick release safety issue. This is the same safety issue that caused a recall of 1.5 million bikes last year, however, Rocky Mountain was not included in that initial recall.

The current recall affects 17,300 mountain bikes sold in the United States, and 61,000 mountain bikes sold in Canada, according to cpsc.gov. However, SportsOneSource.com reports that 130,000 mountain bikes in total have been recalled. While we haven’t been able to substantiate that number and have found it in no other sources, it’s possible that figure includes bikes sold outside of North America.

According to the press release,

This recall involves all 2003 through 2016 models of Rocky Mountain 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 included in this recall.

How to Determine if Your Bike is Affected

Check out the diagrams below for a visual explanation of the issue:



Here’s a video further explaining the issue:

# Comments

  • Jeff Barber

    Just hearing the word “recall” sounds scary but fortunately I don’t think this will be a big deal for Rocky. As Greg mentioned, this is the same issue that affected all the other brands already and fortunately the fix is easy.

    For some reason whenever I hear “recall” it sounds to me like they have to take all the bikes back and refund people’s money. 🙂 It should just be called a safety notice or something.

  • Chilly Phil

    The BIG question. Why would Rocky Mountain Bikes wait this long to tackle the issue? Better late than never.

  • nidabm

    Trek had a similar recall about a year ago and it looks like Rocky Mountain is following suit. All you would have to do is put the lever on the other side of the wheel to avoid any issues with it getting caught in the rotor…

  • MountainK1ng

    You could also just close the quick release lever before you ride too. I wonder if all auto manufacturers will have to issue recalls, since if you forget to put your lug nuts back on your wheels may fall off.

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