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Ultimate strength testing at the Thomson factory. Photo: Dustin Gaddis

Ultimate strength testing at the Thomson factory. Photo: Dustin Gaddis

Trek Bikes ordered a massive mountain bike recall a few weeks back which affected nearly 1 million bikes and included bikes manufactured as far back as 2000. As a part of the recall, Trek is offering affected consumers a $20 voucher toward Trek and Bontrager components and accessories, and now Thomson is offering to honor the Trek voucher as well.

We here at THOMSON Bike Products, Inc. want to take a moment to commend Trek for their commitment to cycling safety by having such an extensive recall. …  In an effort to stand behind Trek and reduce component failure, THOMSON will honor the $20 Trek issued discount voucher, given to every cyclist who participates in the Trek recall, for a bikethomson.com  online purchase of a THOMSON seat post, stem, or handlebar.

Thomson has long championed bicycle safety as a top design consideration in all their components and along with this offer has published some rules of thumb for determining when components should be replaced. The company recommends replacing seat posts, stems, and handlebars approximately every 10,000 miles due to the fatigue and stress associated with mountain biking. For many riders, this will mean swapping components about every 3-4 years. For many of the Trek bikes in the recall program, the original components are likely well beyond their recommended lifespan anyway.

Photo: Dustin Gaddis

Photo: Dustin Gaddis

Thomson’s voucher program requires riders to send in their old components to ensure the components don’t end up on the resale market, which would simply place other riders in danger.

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