i'm currently rebuilding my old Saracen Tufftrax and have a bit of a problem.
The rear hub is the stock Shimano STX that came on the bike from new. It has a 10 x146 hollow axle with a quick release.
This year i've started doing our grocery shopping by bike pulling a trailer, the hitch being the type that mounts to the rear axle.
The problem is that which the hitch attached, the quick release is now attached by quite a few threads less, and although it hasn't yet failed in service, i'd sleep better with a bit of safety built in - i.e a longer axle.
Looking on Shimano's website I found what looks like a candidate from their 'Hone' groupset, fitted to the FH M600 hub. This axle has an extra 40mm of length which should do the trick on the face of it. At £18 plus delivery from bonthronebikes.co.uk, i'd rather be 100% sure before ordering so my first query should anyone be in the know is - taking into account the section of the axle with its threads ground down, will this give me enough thread on the opposite side of the axle from the cassette? (at least 40mm is needed to be worthwhile)
Or even better - does anyone know of any less costly alternatives? I'm not being a tightwad (honest!) if its going to be the Hone axle then so be it, but it pays to shop around doesn't it? lol
I'd like to retain the quick release for convenience.
Cheers in advance for any ideas!