Parent company SRAM is recalling Zipp 88v6, 88v7, and 88v8 aluminum front hubs due to a flange failure that can result in wheel collapse. The company is also recalling certain quick release levers because it has received three reports of the quick release failing to engage in the closed position. No injuries have been reported from either failure yet, but the company says consumers should stop using the recalled front hubs and quick releases and contact SRAM or a local bike dealer for information about a free replacement.
The recalled front hubs were included on many of Zipp's most popular wheelsets—the 202s, 303s, and 404s—sold between May 2010 through January 2015. While the recall is based on a single failure report in the US, wheels with the affected hubs have been sold worldwide. According to SRAM, the front hubs sold for about $215, and complete front wheels with the hubs sold for between $1,035 and $1,325. A wheelset with the affected hubs sold for between $2,300 and $2,950. The hubs come in black, silver, and "falcon grey." For a full list of bicycle brands and models with Zipp 88 wheels, watch SRAM’s website for a list, which will be posted soon.
A later version of Zipp’s 88 hubs—the 88v9, which has no flange ring—is unaffected by the recall.
The quick releases Zipp is recalling are made of titanium or stainless steel, and were sold as part of the the 202 DB V2, 303 DB V2, 404 Firestrike V2, 202 Firecrest V3, 303 Firecrest V3, 404 Firecrest V3, 808 Firecrest V3, or 808 NSW wheels. The affected quick releases can be identified by the shape of the quick release lever and the lack of identifying mark on the rear of the quick release lever. Check out Zipp's press release to confirm whether your quick release might be affected.
For more information, or to see if your hub or quick release is subject to recall, contact SRAM at 800-346-2928 or visit zipp.com and click on “Recall Information.”