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    2014 Epic: 142 mm x 12 mm QR axle available aftermarket?

    Has a manufacturer brought out an aftermarket QR 142 mm x 12 axle to fit the 2014 Roval/Epic rear end?

    I've found a company that sells a quick release version of the bolt thru 142 mm x 12 mm axle. They sell axles to fit E-12 and X-12 set ups but wondering if one of the two will fit? - Wiggle | Black Series Rear Thru Axles | Quick Release Skewers

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    You need an X-12 compatible rear thru axle to fit in a Specialized frame with 142x12mm rear dropouts. There are a few companies that make them. Here are some alternatives from a quick look.

    Tune DC12 X-12
    Bike24 - Tune DC 12 Quick Release for X-12 Thru Axle

    Syntace X-12
    Bike24 - Syntace X-12 Thru-axle

    DT Swiss RWS X-12
    Bike24 - DT Swiss RWS Thru Bolt MTB Thru Axle with Alloy Lever

    KCNC X-12
    KCNC 12mm X 142mm Skewer : Fairwheel Bikes, Cycling Boutique

    None of them are truly quick release because you still have to unthread the axle and pull it out of the frame before the wheel can be removed.

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    Is this compatible?

    https://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/rear-maxle-lite

    Since the rear axle on my 2013 Epic twists on without a lock, it has worked its way loose on a number of occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Hourican View Post
    Is this compatible?

    https://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/rear-maxle-lite

    Since the rear axle on my 2013 Epic twists on without a lock, it has worked its way loose on a number of occasions.
    No. Axle requires a tapered head, like the 4 listed above in reply #2.


    My 2014 SW Epic WC came with a rear axle that requires an allen wrench to get it off. My 2011 SW Epic had a DT Swiss as shown above. I swapped them out before I sold the 2011.

    Never any issues with loosening/tightening the axle without fiddling with tools, especially in a race. What was Specialized thinking?
    14 SW Epic WC - 21.8 lb
    12 Niner Air9RDO -16.4
    12 SJ FSR Exp EVO29 -28
    11 SW Epic 29 - sold
    10 Devinci Wilson 4 -37

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304 View Post
    You need an X-12 compatible rear thru axle to fit in a Specialized frame with 142x12mm rear dropouts. There are a few companies that make them. Here are some alternatives from a quick look.

    Tune DC12 X-12
    Bike24 - Tune DC 12 Quick Release for X-12 Thru Axle

    Syntace X-12
    Bike24 - Syntace X-12 Thru-axle

    DT Swiss RWS X-12
    Bike24 - DT Swiss RWS Thru Bolt MTB Thru Axle with Alloy Lever

    KCNC X-12
    KCNC 12mm X 142mm Skewer : Fairwheel Bikes, Cycling Boutique

    None of them are truly quick release because you still have to unthread the axle and pull it out of the frame before the wheel can be removed.
    Thanks for that reference list. I hate the 2014 version skewer not only does it need a tool it's really difficult to get inserted, not sure why they changed it's good to know I can swap it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahic View Post
    Thanks for that reference list. I hate the 2014 version skewer not only does it need a tool it's really difficult to get inserted, not sure why they changed it's good to know I can swap it out.
    I agree, they are challenging to install because they do not have a handle to guide the axle. My recommendation - get a DT Swiss RWS, not the lightest (67gr vs 37 for the stock one) but lighter than carrying a tool.

    DT Swiss has a nice handle to guide the axle in to the nut and a lever to get it to the proper Swiss torque amount - you know, good'n tight!
    14 SW Epic WC - 21.8 lb
    12 Niner Air9RDO -16.4
    12 SJ FSR Exp EVO29 -28
    11 SW Epic 29 - sold
    10 Devinci Wilson 4 -37

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    Does this apply to the 20014 SW Stumpjumper hardtail WC as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpower13 View Post
    Does this apply to the 20014 SW Stumpjumper hardtail WC as well?
    Yes.
    14 SW Epic WC - 21.8 lb
    12 Niner Air9RDO -16.4
    12 SJ FSR Exp EVO29 -28
    11 SW Epic 29 - sold
    10 Devinci Wilson 4 -37

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