Shimano's new CX75 Cyclocross and Road Mechanical Disc Brake

Shimano’s CX75 caliper is being recalled. photo:Shimano

In case you haven’t heard yet, Shimano has identified a safety issue with respect to its mechanical disc brake calipers for road bikes sold after February 2012. The affected models are: BR-CX75, BR-R515 and BR-R315 (sold outside of N. America). No injuries have been reported, but Shimano is voluntarily recalling the affected brake calipers, and are replacing them with improved calipers in which the performance issue no longer exists.

We looked at the CX75 when it first debuted at NAHBS back in 2012, and reviewed it in Issue 20, along with other mechanical disc brakes from Hayes and Avid. However, the CX75 isn’t Shimano’s latest and greatest disc brake: This summer, the company launched the new BR-R785 hydraulic disc brake caliper, which features a two-piston design with mountain bike stopping power that is tuned for road use.

Remedy/Contact: Consumers should stop using bicycles with the recalled brake calipers and bring them to a Shimano authorized retailer in your area for a free inspection and installation of replacement calipers.

For further information, call Shimano American Corp. toll free at 1-800-353-4719 (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm PDT) For Canada, call Shimano Canada LTD. 1-877-377-5211 (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm EDT)