Often asked: How To Remove A Bicycle Wheel Without A Thru Axle?

Does my bike have a thru axle?

Your bike has a thru axle if the “drop out” is a hole, rather than a U-shaped dropout. This provides added security because even if the lever on the end of the thru axle flips open, it is still threaded into the frame, holding your wheel on. If you have a 12mm threaded piece, then you have a thru axle.

Can you change a bike wheel to quick-release?

What you want to do is turn your wheel into a quick-release wheel. In order to do this, you need to remove that solid, bolt-on axle and the parts on it, and replace them with a quick-release compatible axle and parts (called a quick-release axle set).

Can you use quick release on thru axle?

The best and easiest solution is to swap out your quick release fork for a thru axle fork. In most cases, you will also need a new front hub that is compatible with thru axles. 15 mm is the most common diameter for front thru axles. There are also adapters that allow you to use a thru axle hub in a quick release fork.

How do thru axles work?

A thru-axle (TA) is a wheel attachment system that secures a wheel on a hub between a pair of dropouts on a bicycle frame or fork. The thru-axle threads directly through the fork/frame holes and into the wheel hub, which makes the wheel secure from detaching.

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How do I know what size axle I need for my bike?

Measure the straight length of your axle shaft. Do not include the axle head or tapered spacer, if there is one. Axle length is not the same as hub length. A bike with a 12×142 hub standard will have a significantly longer axle since it will have to go through the frame on both sides of the 142mm wide hub.

Can you change QR to thru axle?

If it’s a front hub and your fork uses a QR, you can buy a new thru-axle hub and an adapter that lets you use a thru-axle hub in a QR fork. About $15 for the adapter. This will give a fractionally better bit of firmness, but primarily, if you change your fork down the road, you can get one with thru-axle.

Are thru axles necessary?

Thru Axles are no more ‘necessary’ than disc brakes, 11 speed gearing, or tubeless tires.

How much does it cost to tighten an axle?

150 in/lb is about standard. If it is not tight it will allow the rear wheel to move around and it ties your rear triangle together. Basically the whole back of the bike will feel sloppy. When you tighten an axle it will squeeze your hub and load your bearings.

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