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    Help - Strange Dropouts - remove rear wheel

    Hello,

    Please help me, I can't for the life of me figure out how to remove my rear wheel for repairs. I've never seen drop outs before and don't know the correct way to go about removing the wheel.

    So far I tried to unscrew the center bolt which then allows me to pull the long bolt from the wheel, but I can't pull it out all the way.

    Should I be using the star key to unlock the drop out?

    I tried searching the net, but all I get is conventional drop outs and quick releases.

    Bike is Transition Bank.

    http://i.imgur.com/ipMpknah.jpg
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    If there is a lever on the other side of the axle from the pic you posted, pull the lever away from the bike, and then the wheel should slide down out of the dropouts. You will have to move the derailleur a little for the wheel to come all the way out.

    The Easiest Way to Remove and Install Your Rear Wheel - YouTube

    If it's not a traditional qr lever, then put a wrench to it. Need to see a pic of the other side.

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    Those look like they might be locking skewers. They usually require a hex wrench or torx wrench inside the center area(the hole in the middle). Or they come with a key.
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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the replies. This is not a quick release drop out. The other side looks just like the one in the pic.

    This is when I tried to pull the center rod out.

    http://i.imgur.com/HUw9y44.jpg Left side (upside down)
    http://i.imgur.com/ipMpknah.jpg Right side

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    It's a through axle. Pull the whole axle out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smdqt View Post
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the replies. This is not a quick release drop out. The other side looks just like the one in the pic.

    This is when I tried to pull the center rod out.

    http://i.imgur.com/HUw9y44.jpg Left side (upside down)
    http://i.imgur.com/ipMpknah.jpg Right side
    You gotta pull the whole axle out...

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    Thank you guys, I was directed towards Shimano e-thru dropo out manual.

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