Lightweight thru axle - Extralite?

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hannawald
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by hannawald

Hi all,

I would like to change my axles with levers for some lightweight ones.

Proper size are DT Swiss Plug In RWS, which I consider a safe choice.

Another 20g i can save with Extralite Black Lock axles. Is it a safe choice or do I compromise on stiffness or something? They have a brass washer and 6mm hex key, which is good for durability, but the axle itself is obviously more butted than DT..

As always with weightweenie parts, I dont know if the weight saving comes from better material, more labour costly production or at the expense of going on the edge..

Another options are somewhere between Extralite and DT Swiss with weight - Cruel Components - I find 6mm hex key better solution for tightening than 25mm torx. Carbon Ti doesn't make proper size right now and they use only 5mm hex, i have heard couple of people destroyed the mounting hole..Shift Up has no correct size for me.

Robert Axle and other producers are about the same weight as DT Swiss.

I am 80 kgs so not exactly lightweight.

Thanks!

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by LeDuke

J&L on eBay. Almost as light as Extralite at 1/4 the cost.

Just make sure you get the correct length.


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LeDuke wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:16 pm
J&L on eBay. Almost as light as Extralite at 1/4 the cost.

Just make sure you get the correct length.


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Do they have any that are compatible with the Mavic Speed Release system? I was looking to replace the thru axles on my Cannondale. The only suitable replacement I've found so far is Robert Axle Project.

hannawald
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by hannawald

J&L unfortunately doesn't do proper size for me:( They are also very lightweight, does it compromise something?

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by jfranci3

What size are you looking for ? What bike type?

hannawald
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by hannawald

Rear is 142x12, 165mm axle length (without head), 1.5 thread pitch.
DT and Extralite have 163mm, should fit..
J&L has 171mm, it is too much..i don't feel like cutting it.

hannawald
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by hannawald

Surprised nobody has experience in the era of integrated disc bikes:( Thru axles are one of very few areas where to drop weight..

slashy
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by slashy

not sure if they have the model you need. but i'm very pleased with my hardlite throughaxle.
hardlite-components.com

shipping can take a while since these guys are in Ukraine.

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by jfranci3

hannawald wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:13 am
Surprised nobody has experience in the era of integrated disc bikes:( Thru axles are one of very few areas where to drop weight..
Surprisingly, they’re all pretty light, even the heavy looking ones. You don’t see any $5 TAs on the market, they’re all $35+ for a bolt that’s been hollowed out and contoured.

ChiZ01
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by ChiZ01

avoid them, they often cause rotor rub especially in the rear

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by ryanw

I’ve got Extralite axels front and rear on my S5D.

M12x1.5 front - 125mm
M12x1.75 Maxle rear - 176mm

Really rate them and saved a shed load of weight over the standard RAT system.
'16 Cervelo S5 - 6,650g RIP
'17 Focus Mares Force 1 - 7,170g
'19 Cervelo S5 Disc - 7,460g

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hannawald
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by hannawald

ChiZ01 wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:42 pm
avoid them, they often cause rotor rub especially in the rear
Which one? Extralites?

hannawald
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by hannawald

ryanw wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:17 pm
I’ve got Extralite axels front and rear on my S5D.

M12x1.5 front - 125mm
M12x1.75 Maxle rear - 176mm

Really rate them and saved a shed load of weight over the standard RAT system.
So no cons for you? Like higher rotor rubbing as ChiZ01 mentions?

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by ryanw

Why would a lightweight thru axel cause your pads to rub on your disc? My bike is set up perfectly and makes no noise.
'16 Cervelo S5 - 6,650g RIP
'17 Focus Mares Force 1 - 7,170g
'19 Cervelo S5 Disc - 7,460g

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by shotgun

hannawald wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:41 pm
J&L unfortunately doesn't do proper size for me:( They are also very lightweight, does it compromise something?
I've been using one on my front wheel. no issues. Sadly they don't support my rear wheel
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