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Zipp recalls quick releases and front hubs

Failures can cause crashes; affected hubs used on bikes back to 2009

Wheel maker Zipp has issued a recall on its quick releases and Z88 hubs which it says could fail and cause a crash.


Affected quick releases have no markings on the inside of the lever

The two recall notices apply to various models of quick releases and hubs that were available individually, built into front wheels and as part of wheel sets supplied with bikes.

The affected quick releases can fail to engage in the closed position, posing a crash and injury hazard. Globally 18,530 quick releases were sold in both titanium and steel between March 2015 and December 15, 2015. There is no UPC code or serial number; however, the affected quick releases can be identified by the shape of the quick release lever and the absence of an identifying mark on the rear, center of the quick release lever as shown below.

Current Zipp quick releases have markings inside the lever and are not affected by the recall

Zipp’s new quick releases, which consumers will receive as replacements, contain either a “C” on the back of the lever, or a date code on the back of the lever, and are not affected by this recall.

The hub recall affects Zipp 88v6, 88v7 or 88v8 aluminium front hubs as well as the original Zipp 88 front hubs, for which a recall was previously issued. The aluminium front hub flanges could fail and could cause a crash.


Affected front hubs have a flange ring between the cinch nut and the hub body 

The affected hubs were supplied with various bicycle models from Cannondale, Jamis, Felt and Specialized from 2009.

There is no UPC code or serial number on the front hubs. However, the affected Zipp 88v6, 88v7 and 88v8 aluminium front hubs are identifiable by the presence of a separable flange ring. The geometry of all three affected models is the same. The models were offered in a variety of colours, including black, silver, and falcon grey.

SRAM says that consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled front hubs or quick releases and contact their dealers regarding replacement parts.

For full details see Zipp's official recall notices:

Zipp 88 V6-V8 Hub Recall Consumer Notice
Zipp 88 Hub Recall Consumer Notice
Zipp Quick Release Recall Consumer Notice

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