SRAM recalls all hydraulic road disc and rim brakes

Components maker responds to reports of failures at sub-freezing temperatures

Component maker SRAM has issued a voluntary recall on all of its hydraulic road disc and rim brakes, across both the Red 22 and S-700 ranges, and has requested that anyone with a bike equipped with a SRAM hydraulic setup “stop using the bike immediately.”

The recall includes all product shipped to date, approximately 19,000 units, and stems from a separate issue than the one that caused a previous recall in early November.

“It has recently come to our attention that during last weekend’s cyclocross racing in the U.S., in sub-freezing temperatures, several failures were reported,” SRAM said in a statement. “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 also asking its industry customers, the bike brands that use its components, to cease all sales and shipments of both SRAM Red 22 and S-700 hydraulic road brakes.

The recall is currently in its very early stages. SRAM has reported the issue to the CPSC and will be cooperating with that agency to announce a Safety Recall shortly.

SRAM did not provide any instructions to consumers, other than to cease use of the brakes, in its statement. “We are working to get everyone answers and protocols as quickly as possible,” SRAM marketing manager Michael Zellmann said.