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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013

    Moonlander front wheel quick release?

    I'm seriously looking at the Moonlander for this winter. My LBS does not have any on the floor (special order) so I cannot actually see one in person.

    It appears that the Moonlander DOES NOT have a quick release front wheel. During the winter I will be transporting the bike inside my Jeep Patriot and getting the front wheel off (and back on) quickly and easily is important.

    Am I correct? Is there a way it can be done?

  2. #2
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    May 2007
    You are correct in that they come without a QR and are bolted on. It uses that "Ultra New Hub" up front.

    From Surly's site:

    "Ultra New hubs use hollow axles of our own design mated to threadin wheel fixing bolts, as opposed to the nutted axles of our previous hubs. Hollow axles make conversion to quick release super easy (remove bolts, insert QR skewer, install wheel into frame or fork, ride). All Ultra New hubs come with fixing bolts, but all are QR compatible without axle conversion or any other extra crap. "
    So all you need is a skewer for a 135mm hub, and you're golden.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

  3. #3
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    I really like the bolt on front wheel of the Moonlander. It's only seconds slower than a QR, and it's much more secure. I wish the back hub worked the same way.

    I take my front wheel off for transport and I keep the appropriate hex wrench on a rare earth magnet on my bike mount. Quick, easy and secure.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2007
    QRs are too slow by the time you get them past the lawyer tabs.

    Wing nuts are faster. I use them front and rear. This is my front wheel after a 24 hour race - sorry I don't have a clearer pic.

    They don't come loose.

    Available from VO Stainless Steel Wingnuts MK II - Skewers - Wheelsets, Rims, & Hubs - Components
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
    Latitude: 5736' Highlands, Scotland

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  6. #6
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    I added a DT Swiss fixed 135mm front skewer up front. No issues. I'm seriously debating about going to a roof rack where I remove the front wheel. Its a beast to load up top because of the wheel size. I have a 1up rack up top with a fatbike spacer fit. The rack is sturdy, but its a beast to load without killing yourself. Its nice to have the option.

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