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SRAM recalls road hydraulic disc brakes

By:
Josh Patterson/Future Publishing
Published:
December 13, 2013, 22:10,
Updated:
December 13, 2013, 22:10
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, December 14, 2013
Jeremy Powers is now running SRAM Red hydraulic disc brakes full-time. He uses organic-compound pads in all conditions but switches rotors, preferring the Avid G2 ones pictured here for mud and the newer HS1 variant for dry courses

Jeremy Powers is now running SRAM Red hydraulic disc brakes full-time. He uses organic-compound pads in all conditions but switches rotors, preferring...

  • Jeremy Powers is now running SRAM Red hydraulic disc brakes full-time. He uses organic-compound pads in all conditions but switches rotors, preferring the Avid G2 ones pictured here for mud and the newer HS1 variant for dry courses
  • As we're noticing on an increasing number of SRAM hydraulic brake-equipped 'cross racers, Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy Optics) has paired her Red HRD hydraulic calipers with Avid G2 rotors
  • The SRAM Red hydraulic disc brake calipers are paired to a 160mm rotor up front and a smaller 140mm one out back

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Company says stop use immediately

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.com.

On November 4 SRAM identified and announced a technical issue with respect to a narrow production range of its RED 22 and S-700 Hydraulic Road Brakes. At that time, it was described as a performance and safety concern with no reported failures in the field.

Several failures were reported following a weekend of cyclo-cross racing in the US in sub-freezing temperatures. According to SRAM: “In these conditions the master cylinder seals failed to hold pressure resulting in abrupt loss of brake power, and an inability to stop the bike. These failures are related to product that is outside the originally stated date code range and unrelated to the original failure mode. No injuries have been reported to date.”

SRAM is requesting that customers who have bicycles equipped with SRAM hydraulic road disc or hydraulic road rim brakes stop using the bike immediately. This recall applies to all products shipped to date, and currently in the market or in inventory.

SRAM has reported this issue to the US CPSC and will be cooperating with the agency to announce a Safety Recall. SRAM states that it will also be contacting and working closely with appropriate like agencies in Europe and globally.

Additional information related to timing and replacement of product will be forthcoming.

For more information please contact SRAM at (800) 346-2928 or visit www.sram.com.

Aaron Maughan 10 months ago
Uh oh.
nepetalactone 10 months ago
Swaying me in favor of Shimano... Sram beat them to market, but I expect Shimano's added R&D time will ensure their road hydraulics won't be subjected to a product-wide recall.
philpaque 10 months ago
Overly complicated.
TheBean 10 months ago
Yep. All this fuss over something that dopes nothing but slow a rider down.
53x11 in DC 10 months ago
I'll assume "dopes" was Freudian!! :-) I'm just not a fan of SRAM in general. I don't want to start a battle here, but I have two bikes with Red and the rest are 9700 or DI2, and there simply is no comparison in terms of quality, IMO. That stated, I remember the days when Shimano (pre-SIS) didn't hold a candle to Campy, and barely edges Sachs-Huret, so I imagine that given time, the clunkiness will be worked out.