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    Removing a thru-axle wheel ?

    I just bought a FS Trek 29 and thinking about removing the front wheel so it bits easier into my Honda Element.

    I looked at the manual & on you tube, it seems I just flip the QR and then unscrew the axle. Wondering if I just give this a shot or go back to the bike shop for assistance? Don't thing I could get in too much trouble trying on my own?

    Also, do I need to shim the front brake caliper in case the brake lever gets depressed?

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    Removing a thru-axle wheel ?

    Just do it. It's not rocket science. You need to know how to take the wheel off if you ever get a flat on the trail.
    A travel shim for the brakes would be a good idea.

    Your LBS should have gone over this with you when you bought the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Just do it. It's not rocket science. You need to know how to take the wheel off if you ever get a flat on the trail.
    A travel shim for the brakes would be a good idea.

    Your LBS should have gone over this with you when you bought the bike.
    yup this is very basic bike love. Give it a shot and just make sure when you install it again that it's snug.

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    Just to clarify the above post, when tightening a through-axle on a Fox Fork, you don't screw the axle until it is snug and then flip the QR lever. You turn the axle until you feel it barely start to snug, then back off to the proper position and flip the lever. Flipping the lever is what snugs the wheel up. Basically, you always end up with the lever in the same position. If it is a rear Through Axle, you do screw the axle until it is tight, then flip the lever.
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    Leave wheel on

    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    I just bought a FS Trek 29 and thinking about removing the front wheel so it bits easier into my Honda Element.
    I have a Honda Element and an size XL 29er and it fits with the wheel on. Just let it lean a bit to the right.

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    Same tightening and lever down technique as a skewer .

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    a chip in the caliper is a good idea.

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