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The GearJunkie cycling editor's Emonda SLR is included in the reported recall; (photo/Seiji Ishii)

Update: Trek Formally Recalls Emonda SLR, Speed Concept SLR Road Bikes in US

Documents showed last week Trek’s 2021/2022 Emonda SLR and 2022 Speed Concept SLR bikes, and aftermarket carbon handlebar/stems, can potentially crack. Now, the brand makes the recall official in the U.S.

Trek is voluntarily recalling every existing 2021 and 2022 Emonda SLR and 2022 Speed Concept SLR bike, in conjunctionwith the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall results from concerns that the various carbon components could fracture if overloaded.

It follows a recall for the same problem for bikes sold in Australia. To date, Trek has received 37 reports of broken carbon handlebars, and one report of injury resulting in scrapes and bruises, according to the recall.

The recall impacts about 3,730 bikes and 1,015 cockpit setups in the U.S. and Canada. Trek is offering free repairs and store credit for those impacted, per its recall.

Trek Recall: Carbon Bikes, Components

Affected parts include the base bar on the Speed Concept SLR aero bike and the Bontrager Aeolus RSL VR-C integrated cockpit on the high-end Emonda SLR road bike.

Affected bikes sold at stores nationwide and online at trekbikes.com, and other online retailers from May 2020 through June 2022. Speed Concept SLR bikes retailed for $8,800-13,500, while Emonda SLR bikes cost $6,700-13,000.

Notably, Trek also made the integrated cockpit available as an aftermarket option in the lineup from model years 2020-2022. The Bontrager Aeolus RSL VR-C handlebar/stem retailed for about $680.

Trek said that if the carbon cracks during a ride, the rider could lose control of the bicycle and fall. If your bike is part of this recall, Trek advises customers to immediately stop using the affected bikes, or any bike with the affected Bontrager Aeolus RSL VR-C handlebar and stem, and bring it into an authorized Trek dealer for a free repair (details below).

Affected models reportedly include:

  • All model year 2022 Speed Concept SLR bicycles, including Project One and stock bicycles in any colorway
  • All model year 2021 and 2022 Emonda SLR bicycles, including Project One and stock bicycles in any colorway
  • Aftermarket Bontrager Aeolus RSL VR-C handlebars/stems

If you’re not sure whether your bike falls under the recall, Trek’s advice is to take it to a Trek retailer for a free inspection.

Recall Repair Details

In its recall, Trek said it will provide customers — through an authorized Trek retailer — the following:

  • For Speed Concept SLR bicycles, Trek will provide a replacement base bar, new bar tape, and installation.
  • For Emonda SLR bicycles and aftermarket Bontrager Aeolus RSL VC-R handlebars/stems, Trek will conduct a two-step remedy:
    • Trek will provide an individual handlebar and stem until an updated handlebar/stem combo is available and new bar tape. These are free and are the customer’s to keep.
    • The retailer will notify customers when the updated handlebar/stem combo is available for installation.

In addition, when owners bring their bicycles to a Trek retailer for repair, Trek will furnish a $100 in-store credit that can be used toward any Trek or Bontrager merchandise. The credit is good through December 31, 2022, and has no cash value.

For questions or more information, visit Trek’s Recall Notices.

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