Shimano is recalling three road racing brake cables that were produced as after-market products between April 1st 2003 and March 31st 2004.

Shimano voluntarily recalls after-market road brake cables

The part numbers are Y80098300, Y80098400 and Y80098110.

Shimano cites "quality reasons" for the recall. The company is offering free replacements to those consumers who purchased the affected cables, or whose bicycles have been fitted with them.

Shimano part number Y80098300 is a stainless steel brake cable and has only a road racing nipple.

Shimano part numbers Y80098400 and Y80098110 are double end brake cables for MTB and road. However, only the road racing nipple is affected by this recall.

Brake cables packaged in bulk as used by bicycle manufacturers and dealers are not affected by this recall. No other Shimano brake cables are affected.

A statement from Shimano said:

"It is possible that the tensile strength of the joint between the cable and the cable end (nipple) may not meet Shimano’s usual standards and that therefore the nipple, when under stress during application of the brake, could pull loose or detach from the cable. This could lead to brake failure.

"Shimano is not aware of any case in which the nipple has separated from one of these cables during use on a bicycle."

Consumers who have purchased these cables should go to their local Shimano dealer to receive replacement cables free of charge. Consumers who own road-racing bicycles that may have been fitted with replacement brake cables after April 2003 should check their cables to see if they might be affected by this recall. Instructions for

doing this can be found at

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