Brompton is recalling all bikes made from April 2014 to May 2017

Bottom bracket cited as reason for voluntary recall

British folding bike outfit Brompton has issued a voluntary recall on bikes manufactured from April 2014 – May 2017.

The recall relates to the FAG BB66 bottom brackets present in the brand's bikes, which according to Brompton has had a higher than expected failure rate.

Brompton points out the component meets international safety standards but "does not meet the standards which Brompton sets for its components."

In a video released on the company's website, Brompton CEO Will Butler-Adams explains: “We have seen this increase in failure, as a result, we have decided to do a recall of all of our bikes from April 2014 through until May 2017."

To find out if your bike has one of the faulty BBs check the back of the seat tube
To find out if your bike has one of the faulty BBs check the back of the seat tube

According to Brompton, the failure is only in one in every 5,000 bikes, but the brand still feels it necessary to issue a recall.

To solve the problem Brompton is asking owners to take their bikes to a certified Brompton dealer where the bottom brackets will be replaced free of charge.

The bikes affected can be any model manufactured during this time period and will have a serial number between 1403284144 and 1705150001 — the serial number can be found on the ID plate or sticker on the back side of the seat tube.

If you think you may have one of the affected bikes Brompton has a support portal, complete with a serial number checker, on its website.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
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