HOW DO YOU FIND A THRU AXLE THAT WILL FIT YOUR BICYCLE? WHY ARE THERE SO MANY THRU-AXLE SIZES? ARE THERE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A THRU-AXLE FOR ROAD BIKES AND A THRU-AXLE FOR MTB'S? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THRU-AXLE VS QUICK RELEASE SKEWERS ON YOUR NEXT BIKE?
Thru-axles are an exciting new development in bike tech - but like with almost anything bike related it comes with a bewildering level of different choices and standards.
But don't worry, we're here to help. Introducing the hexlox ultimate guide to thru-axles - updated for 2023 - with everything you need to know about choosing and using thru-axles on your bicycle.
By the early 2000s, downhill and freeride bike frames were strong enough to withstand massive jumps that would bend quick release skewers and pull wheels out of dropouts. The thru-axle was invented to combat this problem. It’s essentially a large bolt that screws into the fork or frame, creating a rock solid attachment point for the wheel.