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Trek recalls every Emonda SLR, Speed Concept SLR road bike in US

trek emonda slrThe GearJunkie cycling editor's Emonda SLR is included in the recall; (photo/Seiji Ishii)
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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.

This article was originally published on GearJunkie.

Trek is voluntarily recalling every existing 2021 and 2022 Emonda SLR and 2022 Speed Concept SLR bike, in conjunction with 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 documents.

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 between $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. The brand advised 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).

Bontrager Aeolus RSL vr-C handlebar recall on Speed Concept SLR
2022 Trek Speed Concept SLR9
Bontrager Aeolus RSL vr-C handlebar recall on Emonda SLR7
2021 Trek Emonda SLR7 Disc
Bontrager Aeolus RSL vr-C handlebar recall
Bontrager Aeolus RSL VR-C Bars


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 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 bicycle 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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Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
1 year ago

Pretty alarming the frequency of design and manufacturing failures around the head tube/handlebar/stem area since it can so easily kill or permanently harm a rider. I get these are sporting goods and thus not subject to the level of investment, testing, or regulations reserved for consumer cars or motorcycles but it’s surprising how much the bicycle industry is willing to cut corners in such a critical area.

Tom H
Tom H
1 year ago

I think recalls are pretty uncommon when you consider the amount of bikes sold every year. I think cycling recalls may seem frequent to a cyclist because we get alerted to any of them.

1 year ago

Agreed! I have clocked over 50mph on an Emonda.. It could be catastrophic crashing at that speed. Bikes have gotten so light that there is no margin of error. I for one would rather they kept a little weight for safety sake.

1 year ago

Ah yes, let’s be more like consumer cars because we NEVER see any recalls for them for alarming safety issues.

1 year ago

We used to say “Strong, light, cheap: pick two.”.

Isn’t it time we started adding “the latest” or “designed fast” to the list?

1 year ago
Reply to  biker

Bikes are like PC games. Never be an early adopter. Let others work the bugs out.

1 year ago
Reply to  Astro_Kraken

Yup, true. The only difference being the risk associated with a failure.

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