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What is this Maillard thru-axle looking thing?

Old 04-22-21, 07:40 AM
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What is this Maillard thru-axle looking thing?

This image is from an eBay listing, but I'm asking because I found a similar one around our co-op. Seller says it's for a roof rack, but that seems unlikely to me. It's a thick axle (~ 2 cm diameter for the thickest part) with a 100 mm equivalent OLN length with a QR skewer that goes through it. Pretty heavy too - almost a 1/2 pound. I'm thinking maybe it was for an early sealed bearing hub and the bearings pressed tightly onto the thick ends of the axle? But that's just a guess. Anyone know for sure?


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Could it be for one of those roof racks where you remove the front wheel and secure the front of the bike by the fork dropouts?
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Old 04-22-21, 08:01 AM
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Roof rack makes sense to me. With the wheel off, it works as a dummy axle to clamp into a fork-style rack.
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My uneducated guess: adapter for a roof rack or old turbo trainer.
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I would say it is an adapter to use a wheel with a through axle into a fork made for a traditional QR. There are 20 mm though axles.
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Originally Posted by Sluggo View Post
Roof rack makes sense to me. With the wheel off, it works as a dummy axle to clamp into a fork-style rack.
Yes!
Vintage Yakima rack.


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Old 04-22-21, 09:18 AM
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Thanks all!
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