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    Can't remove rear wheel on 2013 XM 7

    Had to make a new thread as i was starting to hijack another.
    Am i missing something? i can't get the darn rear wheel off. 1st time with through axles. the front is easy as pie. here are some pics
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    The nut should just stay where it is, and the axle should release and then spin counter clockwise out. Is it broken?

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    Maybe it's broken. When i spin counter clockwise, the lever just come off as in the pic

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    Rear should be the same as the front. Looks broken to me.

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    figures i got a bad one.. Marin wants me to go through the retailer for warranty, which is of course an ebay retailer. Not sure how that's gonna work. Even if i get a new axle how do i get the old one off?

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    Can you get an Allen key in there? Otherwise loosen the small nut holding the big nut. Than loosen the big nut.

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    from the retailer's bike tech

    "It's a relatively easy fix. This is the first I've heard of this, but I know how to solve the problem. I'm surprised Marin couldn't figure this out... It's an easy fix. He won't need any replacement parts. Only about 5 minutes of his time and a bit of Loctite.
    The skewer is two pieces - the long pice, and the end which has the lever. The Lever part threads into the long piece. At the factory, they'll apply a bit of Loctite on the threads prior to screwing in the lever part into the long skewer piece. The Loctite dries, and makes it difficult to unthread the two later. I had to get a pliers out to separate the two myself on the skewer shown in the photographs - The Loctite on that one held well, only until I overpowered it did it come loose.

    It works by making it more difficult to unthread the long piece/lever body than it is to unthread the skewer assembly from the nut on the drive side of the frame. In his case, unfortunately, the nut was a greater hold, and the lever threaded off from the skewer instead.

    To fix this, he can either leave the skewer in the frame OR remove the nut on the drive side of the frame (see photo #2 of it removed), unthread the lever, and pull the skewer out from that side and work on it when it's not in the frame. I'd remove the nut from the axle afterwards by holding the skewer with a pliers and unthreading the nut, and reinstall the nut back into the frame.

    Apply a bit of Loctite on the threads of the lever (see photo #1). Screw it back into the long piece all the way. Let it dry. Apply grease to the threads that go into the nut. This will make sure the skewer threads/unthreads from the nut easily and he won't have this problem again. Re-install the skewer. Done. "

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    Glad that you got it figured out!
    Last edited by Betzel; 11-06-2014 at 03:43 AM.

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    thanks man, will work on it tonight. I've got to get those brakes working and cant do that with the rear wheel on. I'm hoping to have it ready to go this weekend so i can finally give it's first ride.

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    Is the axle threaded into anything else but the nut? i still can get this sucker out, even after removing the nut

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    Now that i'm thinking about this......normally you tighten the axle, than flip the lever. Guess flipping the lever causes some tension....but you already flipped the lever trying to open it right?

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    yes, flipped open the lever. loc-tite didn't hold. I put some more on and will let it set another day

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    I can't seem to find the right axle replacement. Every shop i've been to does not have an axle that is long enough. I suppose it's the E-thru axle thing (is that specific to Marin?)
    I haven't even ridden this bike yet. Its been a busy year and i've just been riding my old bike, but spring is here and its time to get this thin rolling. Anyone know which aftermarket axle will fit the 2013 XM7?

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    thanks. yes that looks like the one. I'm assuming it will be the same size if not Jenson has a good return policy. Is E-thru on Marin brand only?

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    got the after market part. There must be a problem with the way the hub or the rear triangle was machined. i have to use serious muscle to remove and install the axle. brought it to lbs and the mechanic said he's never had so much trouble with a thru axle.
    marin won't do any warranty claims unless through the retailer. The retailer has been no help in this dept. they don't want to be bothered. These are the risks of buying on ebay i suppose.

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    Mine is not "easy" to install either. I usually have to line it up just right, and then squeeze the swingarm together just a bit so that it will start to thread.

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    So Marin is replacing the frame. Mine just isn't right. Even a pro mechanic couldn't get the rear wheel off correctly. I've tried everything and It always takes me an hour to get the wheel off and back on. Should be back on the trail in a few weeks

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    Are they replacing the frame through you (direct) or the retailer?

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    Yes full frame replacement. I tried to go through the online dealer and they wouldn't help me. Went direct to Marin. It took a few emails but they are helping me. A semi local dealer will be doing the service.

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    Good for you! Make sure you show US your new frame!

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    got a call from the shop. Bike is done, I guess they sent an xm8 frame, so i've got blue frame decals and green fork decals. Not overly happy about that but whatever, as long as the problem is fixed. I'll post a pic this weekend of the funky colored Mount vision

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    Take the green decals off the fork.

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    Yeah, that's what I'll probably end up doing. I do like the decals on there but not a big deal. I'm just happy that Marin stood by their word. Good company

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    why didn't they just replace the rear triangle?

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    Don't know. that's what I thought they'd do. I guess they figured it would be easier just to replace the whole frame

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    I imagine its because they frames in inventory are already assembled so removing the rear would just increase the labor cost beyond the value of the frame.

    I do wonder, however, how many of these MV frames they have in stock for warranty issues given that it was only produced for two years.

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    Probably not many. I assume they would have to offer a new model at some point or at least a deep discount once they run out of frames.

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    Here it is

    Got the bike back. Looks like artwork with all the different colors. marin sent a new rear shock with the frame, SR Epixon. The shop sent back the old frame as well as my old Fox CTD rear shock. I no nothing about this new shock and am thinking it's a downgrade from the Fox. I'll have to contact Marin to see if I can get the old one back
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    I'm not. Emailed Marin. Looks like i've got an xm6 frame, xm 8 rear swing. I don't think the aluminum is different on the 3 models. Decals don't seem like they can be removed (not just stickers), that goes for the fork as well. jeez if I knew I wasn't getting the same color bike I probably would have kept working on the issue myself. The good news is, the rear axle is nice and smooth now, but I want my fox shock back.
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    Yeah, I would pretty much demand at least my shock back.

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    Definitely. I demanded my shock back and will be getting it once it is returned to Marin.
    According to Marin, The shop that did the work was instructed to transfer my shock to the new frame and they were to keep the other one for resale. I hope they didn't try to keep mine. The shop manager tried to tell me that I got an upgraded shock. I politely told him that he was wrong. I don't know everything about bikes but I've been around them long enough to know what's good and what's not. I'm still disappointed with the frame color but once I get my shock back I'll be done with this.

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    Nice to see the new bike. All you need to do is get a matching decalset for the Revelation from Slik decals.

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    I don't think the decals are removable. At this point I don't even care. The bike is functioning properly, and I got my shock back. I actually got my original frame back. the only problem with it is in the rear swing arm so if I crack my main frame I've got a spare. It really is a fun bike and now I have no fears if I get a rear flat on the trail

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    Selling it already?

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    Nope I'm keeping it and the old frame. This bike should last me a long time. As long as I can keep finding 26" tires I'm good. Why do you ask?

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