Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Endless Spinning Thru Axle - pls help

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Endless Spinning Thru Axle - pls help

Old 09-28-18, 06:45 PM
  #1  
Noonievut
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Endless Spinning Thru Axle - pls help

I have a new bike that came with thru axles. Changed the tires today, then went to put the wheels back on. When I got to the back wheel I was turning the lever/axle CW until close to tight, then I went to close the lever and it was too tight, so I tried to turn CCW a bit and only the lever spun, the axle wouldnít budge. I must have fiddled with it for 20 minutes before it engaged and would turn. Itís fine now, but sure was frustrating!

Can someone explain how it should work. Should I switch to another brand of axle? Is there one that works much better? Rear is 12x142 and front is 12x100.

Thanks!
Noonievut is offline  
Old 09-28-18, 06:56 PM
  #2  
Troul
:D
 
Troul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Mich
Posts: 1,538
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
did you hold the other side while turning the cam side?
Troul is offline  
Old 09-28-18, 07:03 PM
  #3  
Noonievut
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Troul View Post
did you hold the other side while turning the cam side?
Do you mean on the drive side? Is the cam the lever?

Also, I watched a video showing a Maxtel TA and it had a cutout for the cam/lever, mine does not have a cut out but I may look at buying similar axles.
Noonievut is offline  
Old 09-28-18, 07:50 PM
  #4  
Troul
:D
 
Troul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Mich
Posts: 1,538
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
post a few pics of what you are working with.
Troul is offline  
Old 09-28-18, 08:39 PM
  #5  
wsteve464
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
there are several different designs of through axles and their handles, a lot of cheap ones around. The DT Swiss type is a spring loaded handle 90 degrees to the axle. Pull the handle away from the bike and it rotates freely. Shimano has a positionable nut on the dr side and a quick release cam lock handle.

Do have the DT Swiss type and were you pulling the handle while trying to loosen it?
wsteve464 is offline  
Old 09-29-18, 12:07 PM
  #6  
Noonievut
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for responding. It seems to be better now, I guess you just have to learn how each engages, and I'm certainly more comfortable than last night.

I may look at replacing with Robert Axle Project lightning bolt on axles. But they're not cheap. Good thing is I don't remove the wheels often...but would hate to be stuck on the side of then road changing a flat and be fiddling away with the axle.
Noonievut is offline  
Old 09-30-18, 06:23 PM
  #7  
wsteve464
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Paragon Machine Works sells bolt on axles. From a quick look at the ones you mentioned I would go with the ones Paragon makes as they have a hex end for a wrench and 2 different size internal hexes for allen wrenches.


Skewers - Frame Building Parts
wsteve464 is offline  
Old 09-30-18, 06:26 PM
  #8  
Bigbus
Senior Member
 
Bigbus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Central West Coast
Posts: 268

Bikes: In Flux

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by wsteve464 View Post
Paragon Machine Works sells bolt on axles. From a quick look at the ones you mentioned I would go with the ones Paragon makes as they have a hex end for a wrench and 2 different size internal hexes for allen wrenches.


Skewers - Frame Building Parts
That kind of defeats the purpose of quick release wheels
Bigbus is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
inkandsilver
Classic & Vintage
0
04-11-14 07:49 AM
lostinasuprmrkt
Bicycle Mechanics
10
11-05-09 04:12 PM
SHIM_105
General Cycling Discussion
1
09-12-08 08:39 AM
jerrymcdougal
Bicycle Mechanics
2
05-06-07 04:27 PM
Dougmt
Bicycle Mechanics
0
02-22-03 02:15 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.