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    Broken Maxle 12mm rear axle

    I am riding Reign X (2011) with Novatec 4in1 hub and Maxle 12mm rear axle. All was fine until last week, when the axle was broken while landing a jump and caused me a bad crash. It was broken at the begining of the thread. Happened to anyone else?
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    I've been running Maxles on my two heaviest-use bikes, 135mm and 150mm flavor, for over three years... never had an issue.

    I'm now knocking on wood.

    Sorry for your luck!

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    Same thing happened to me, same break location as well. I crashed at slow speed going up a steep rock, landed sideways just enough to hit the maxle on its side. I had been doing alot of jumps to flat prior to this happening so I believe it was just a matter of time before failure. Prior to this I had never tightened the maxle using the inside lever hex bolt; my guess is there was a slight amount of play and this caused the failure.

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    Here's what you do.

    Get one of these:

    Hadley 12mm Bolt for 150mm spacing at Balle Racing

    and one of these:

    12 mm X 1.75 X 1-1/2" O.D. Metric Die: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

    Cut the threaded end off, re-thread with the die, and Bob's your uncle.
    Straight and solid, works very well - have never had it loosen up.

    I've got two I made for a prior frame- made a spare, just in case. Then of course discovered they worked beautifully on the rear end of my Reign-X Unless Giant or SRAM has changed the thread size and pitch, the 12mm x 1.75 is what you want.
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    Good job!

    Thanks! I followed your instructions and it looks good! Hope it will hold.
    BTW, do you use it with the spacer or without?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anavot View Post
    Thanks! I followed your instructions and it looks good! Hope it will hold.
    BTW, do you use it with the spacer or without?

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    If you've got enough length to have enough threads engaged and run the spacer, sure. If not, don't sweat it. Been using mine without the spacer for quite a while now, and have not had any trouble.
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    USE THE SPACER! if not you risk spreading your dropout!
    27.2 miles ridden (going to be a slow start because of work )

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    Quote Originally Posted by sir_crackien View Post
    USE THE SPACER! if not you risk spreading your dropout!
    How? I can't imagine doing that with it on a captured thru-axled dropout like his frame has. I'd think you'd screw up the threads or the bolt head way before you'd screw up the frame.

    And for what it's worth, I crank mine damn tight - no issues whatsoever. The large bolt head/flange sits flush against the flat part of the thru-axle dropout bit, so I really don't see how it could cause that.

    In fact, mine has been used on two different frames like this, as a replacement for the Maxle. No problems.

    Now, if you were using the 10mm version on a regular QR dropout without the spacer, that would be dumb, but that isn't what we're talking about here.
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