Safety fears have forced SRAM to recall thousands of aluminium Zipp hubs and quick releases, with hub failures having caused two incidents of collapsed front wheels with riders suffering stitches, bruises and lacerations..
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The recall applies to more than 60,000 Zipp 88, 88v6, 88v7, and 88v8 aluminium hubs that were sold on individual wheelsets and on wheels as part of complete bikes from Giant, Specialized, Felt, Orbea, and Cannondale between between 2008 and 2015.
Affected hubs can be identified by their smoke coloured flange ring with an embossed 'Z' and small clinch nut, or by their large flange ring and clinch nut. Later Zipp hubs with no flange ring are unaffected.
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The quick releases are being recalled after the company received reports that some models failed to remain engaged when closed. The affected levers were sold as aftermarket skewers and as part of 202 DB V2, 303 DB V2, 404 Firestrike V2, 202 Firecrest V3, 303 Firecrest V3, 404 Firecrest V3, 808 Firecrest V3 or 808 NSW wheelsets between March and December 2015. These can be spotted by the lack of an identifying marker on the underside of the quick release lever just below the Zipp logo.
All riders affected by the recall are being urged not to use their Zipp wheels until they have been in contact with SRAM or their local bike shop to receive a free replacement.
This isn't the first time that SRAM has been forced to issue a major product recall, after having problems with both its hydraulic disc brakes and WiFli 10-speed rear derailleur back in 2013.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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