Wolf Tooth Components: Thru Axles and Trainer Caps Jan 8, 2019

With thru axles an industry standard and most thread pitches have been established, Wolf Tooth felt it was time to throw their hat into the ring of axles but they added their own design twist.

“Knowing the pain of damaging their prized frames, they added end caps that would take the brunt of rock scrapes and crashes. And because to look good is to feel good, they decided to offer Axle Caps in eight anodized colors. Caps thread into a dedicated recess in the axle head and are easily replaceable or swappable with an 8mm hex key.

Because cold weather and short days are never far from a Minnesotan’s mind, they also created Trainer Caps to reduce barriers to winter workouts. Non-drive side Axle Caps are joined by drive-side plugs that can be installed or removed with ease to make the prospect of hopping on the trainer a little more bearable.”

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7 responses to “Wolf Tooth Components: Thru Axles and Trainer Caps”

  1. Dr J says:

    Hmm, bummer. I was hoping for some companies to finally come out with thru axles removable with a 5mm hex key. Unfortunately, it seems that everyone uses 6mm key as the standard. For most of us it doesn’t matter but for those bikepacking folks it does. Often a 6mm key is not used for anything else on the bike and carrying one just to take the wheels off seems silly. A smaller 5mm hex standard would be much more welcome.

    • John Watson says:

      Really though? I don’t carry a single key. I carry a multitool which has even an 8mm.

      • Dr J says:

        Matter of preference, I guess. I prefer separate hex keys. They are usually lighter and easier to use. I typically don’t carry 8mm hex since I don’t see a need to remove pedals (unless you fly with your bike). If it was possible, I would use a 5mm hex for every single bolt on my bike. Why use 3-4 separate tools if you can fix 95% of problems with one?

  2. planning_nerd says:

    maxle lite for life. tooled axles are just wrong to me.

    who in the heck puts their MTB on a trainer? even for race warmups, people use rollers (not a good idea to swap rear wheels around just before a race).

    • dbeg says:

      Thru axels are being used more and more outside of mountain bikes. Might be nice for some to ride a “road plus” or gravel bike indoors when one just can’t make it out…