W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. is recalling bicycle brake cables for road bikes, including about 9,700 sold in the United States and 200 sold in Canada because when they are installed on Campagnolo style brake levers, they can detach, causing the brakes to fail and posing a fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced.

No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves GORE Ride On Low Friction System brake cables for road bikes and GORE Ride On Professional System brake cables for road bikes. The cables are silver and are available with housings in black, white, blue or red. “GORE Ride-On” is printed on the housing for the Low Friction cable. “GORE Ride-On Professional” is printed on the housing for the Professional System cables. The cables are being recalled only if they were installed on road bikes that use a Campagnolo-style brake lever. The ends, or attachment heads, on the Campagnolo systems have the letters “C” “CC,” or “RO” imprinted on them.


The following UPC codes are listed on the back of the brake cable boxes and are included in this recall:  

7331324 17926 7331324 74912
7331324 74936 7331324 75148
7331324 75131 7331324 45202
7331324 75162 7331324 74912
7331324 45066 7331324 75155


The cables, which were made in Taiwan, were sold by bicycle specialty shops, sporting goods retailers and Amazon.com and other online retailers nationwide from January 2008 through January 2012 for between $40 and $65. Consumers should stop using their bicycles with these recalled brake cables if they are installed on a Campagnolo-style brake lever and contact Gore for a free replacement cable kit. Gore will reimburse consumers for the repair cost.