Mojo SL-R Maxle stuck. Help!
I think this is my first post on the Ibis forums. Picked up a new SL-R in November.
Long story short, I mounted my rear wheel this morning before a couple muddy Downieville passes. Nothing unusual, just tightened it up like usual. At the end of the day, I went to pull the wheel and I couldn't get the Maxle to loosen up. It was VERY tight and I couldn't get it to budge. Could the mud and grit cause the Maxle to seize up? I even tried leveraging the Maxle lever a bit for some added force and it felt like the lever was about to snap off. Suggestions?
I was thinking of putting some WD-40 or PB Blaster on the threaded end to soak it, but I'm not even sure the threads are the problem.
Will the lever not flip, or does it just not unscrew? I've used a hammer to get mine loose on occasion.
The level flips easily, just won't unscrew. I'll try the hammer technique and report back. Thanks!
Don't smack it so hard that you break it
The penetrating oil is a great idea if taps from a hammer don't work.
You could try loosening the allen bolt that sets the tension.
Have a look at this instruction pdf
Or use a small rubber mallet. "gently", as it's very easy to flare the end that makes contact with the quick release.
Originally Posted by d-bug
Tried the hammer technique, didn't budge (after a little PB Blaster soaking). At that point I realized my lever was already bent to hell so I put a crescent wrench on it while pushing the lever into the cup. The cup chipped off so I no longer had an edge for the lever to push against.
Came in and read d3toid's suggestion and backed out the tension screw all the way. Had to vise-grip the cup and it came off with just a little gritty resistance.
Moral of the story, loosen then tension screw. I'm going to use anti-seize when I receive my new Maxle.
Thanks for the help!!
Last edited by Redlinerex; 09-22-2013 at 01:58 PM.
Sorry to chime in late, but there is a 6 mm hex fitting on the inside of the axle on the drive side, at least on mine. By using the lever and an allen wrench on the opposite side of the wheel you should be able to unstick any axle.
I walked out and realized that I had the 6mm option on the drive side as well. Never noticed it before. You're right, that would have saved my Maxle. Hopefully my next one lasts forever. Still curious why it totally seized up, I didn't change the tension or anything.
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