Lightweight Thru-Axles for gravel bike a good idea?

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Noctiluxx
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by Noctiluxx

My current thru-axles are Giant brand being used on Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V wheels. The combined weight is 123 grams. Lightweight thru-axle without levers such as Extralite are less than half the weight. Is it safe using these uber lightweight axles on a gravel bike?
2018 Bianchi Oltre XR4, (Celeste Matt)
2018 De Rosa SK Pininfarina (Blu)
2019 Trek Madone SLR (Rage Red)
2019 Giant TCR Advanced SL (Chameleon Blue)
2019 Giant Revolt Advanced 0

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People have been using them on MTBs for years..

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Nefarious86 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:57 am
People have been using them on MTBs for years..

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What brand/model do you recommend?
2018 Bianchi Oltre XR4, (Celeste Matt)
2018 De Rosa SK Pininfarina (Blu)
2019 Trek Madone SLR (Rage Red)
2019 Giant TCR Advanced SL (Chameleon Blue)
2019 Giant Revolt Advanced 0

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by RocketRacing

I will say yes. But the lighter you are, the safer it will be. No one will be able to say your true risks.

I did cheap mt zoom for my cross country bike. Gravel bike has regular axles, but i would do mnt zoom again, or blacklock, or extralight. I am light and i am not doing jumps, so i am ok with anything light. Might avoid ebay unbranded stuff.

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I’ve been using J&L on my MTBs for years now.


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Alexbn921
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by Alexbn921

Not the lightest but Roberts axle project are super high quality. Also can't go wrong with DT Swiss.

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by BagelMaster

I'd anyone familiar with any J&l axles that Re compatible with the Mavic Speed Release threads? Looking for axles for the new SuperSix/CAAD13.

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by Squashednuts

Alexbn921 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:53 am
Not the lightest but Roberts axle project are super high quality. Also can't go wrong with DT Swiss.
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by savechief

Rockshox Maxle Stealth on my Turner Czar mountain bike, Carbon Ti X-Lock on my Felt F3X CX/gravel bike. No issues:
- Maxle Stealth front = 38g
- Maxle Stealth rear = 44g
- Carbon Ti front = 32g
- Carbon Ti rear = 29g
Time VXRS Ulteam (7.16 kg)
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jeanjacques
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by jeanjacques

Also the Hardlite brand.

NickJHP
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by NickJHP

My Open U.P.P.E.R. came supplied with Carbon-Ti thru axles, and I've had zero problems with them in the year and a bit that I've had the bike. A bit less than 60g for the pair.

Bigger Gear
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by Bigger Gear

The Robert Axle Project are so nicely machined, I'm sure there are some a few grams lighter but they are not as nicely constructed.

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My Specialized axles are 66g stock, works fine both on my roadbike and gravelbike. Works perfectly, light and good looking like Carbon-Ti made for hex key.
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by Hexsense

Nefarious86 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:57 am
People have been using them on MTBs for years..

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But MTB has shock to help absorb the impact...

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Not if it's a hardtail or a rigid....

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