GMBN Tech Essentials Ep.1 | Wheel Axles

GMBN Tech Essentials Ep.1 | Wheel Axles

Wheel Axles are super easy to use, when you know how to use them. Doddy goes through all the essentials about proper axle practice and securing your wheels. This is the first video in our new MTB Essentials Series. This series of videos covers the basics of mountain biking maintenance, so you can work on your bike at home.

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  1. Stimpy125 on July 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Must Watch Essentials Video would be "Break Adapters" Post-Mount vs Direct Mount

  2. Justin Streeter on July 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I see you know your stuff but when it comes to new Rides of this type of stuff they may get lost or confused about what you are talking about. But from what I can see you are doing well besides that hope you consider what I said as constructive criticism over inssalt cause it’s not a insalt at all it’s just a way to get more people interested in the sport. Thanks

  3. Bikerelated on July 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I replace all axles with non-QR ones from OneUp components. They have torque indicators and there’s zero scope for ambiguity.

  4. TexasTaco512 on July 21, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    But does Boost and regular even matter to most riders?
    I mean is it worth the upgrade/cost??

  5. Raymond Chapman on July 21, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Great video Doddy. Looking forward to more of this series.

  6. kristian egos on July 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    its great and all but if u have this on both ur forks and frame and screw up the threads ur done essentially and just replace the whole thing unlike the skewers which is already reliable and only have like miniscule movements on the wheel and relatively cheap to replace..

  7. MrMk1rob on July 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Could you do a video on how to install and setup dual crown forks. Ie adjusting the crown heights and how it affects head angle ect

  8. Sams bike hacks on July 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Will all bottom brackets and headset bearings fit my bike even if it is sub £500

  9. evelasq1 on July 21, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I have a 1996 Raleigh M-30FS mountain bike 🚵‍♀️. I am thinking of upgrading the rear suspension from coil spring to air shocks. It only has one inch of travel. What Company makes an air shock with a one inch suspension? How much does it cost?

  10. Jerry Gundecker on July 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Common sense for tightening has nothing to do with it. experience dictates how it should feel.
    You are born knowing not to bump your head. No one is born knowing how far to tighten a a bolt.

  11. Jerry Gundecker on July 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Previous remarks notwithstanding, these are great videos. Thank you for them.

  12. Boris Atanasov on July 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    When I sit on my bike, my front wheel moves to the left. And also I feel like something is moving inside my fork(Fox Evolution 32 100mm) when I rock the bike back and forth. My local mechanic says that that is all normal and it is happening because the QR can’t keep everything tighted up. I don’t believe him because I feel like something is wrong with my bike when I am riding it. Any suggestions on how can I fix these problems? Cheers!

  13. I Racer on July 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Is there any way to make a new, mid-range bike through axle compatible?
    I appreciate that you’d probably need new forks for the front, but what about the rear? Is there some sort of adaptor to allow through axle fitting to a regular old style quick release bolt at the back, or does the frame have to be specifically designed for through axles at the rear?

  14. dy zolytan on July 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Just a few tools, he said…after 6 years and 900 euros spent I have everything. Just a few more tools needed.

  15. Radekulis82 on July 21, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    all vid is about fast release axle,what about rest?????? is so many not easy/difficult release

  16. Greg Watson on July 21, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    How about a video on building a simple home bike work space. Most, if not all, of the shops I’ve seen online seem to be set up exclusively with Park tools and a peg board with specialized tool hangers. Additionally, I’d be interested in suggestions related to tool placements. Something along the lines of chain whip is best located near the rear wheel and a brake bleed kit can live in a drawer nearby because it is only used once in awhile sort of thing.

  17. Jason Blake on July 21, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    What about boost 141?

  18. b1lf on July 21, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I have a fully rigid mountain bike at this point – a (steel) Soma B Side v3 with a (rigid) carbon fork. I’m thinking of adding a suspension fork and am torn with whether or not I should upgrade my wheels: they are currently bolt-through quick release. Thoughts?

  19. Xav911 on July 21, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    HI Doddy, nice vid. Do these differents axles are compatible with other brands forks. I prefer the DT axle and i’m wondering if I can use it on a Fox fork. Thanks.

  20. DiverT 5000 on July 21, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    For the people that might be looking to upgrade or replace their through axles, it’s worth mentioning that many through axles have different thread patterns or thread pitch and this is sometimes not shown on some retailers websites. I’ve seen guys buy the correct size axle but with the wrong thread pattern/pitch and have ended up either damaging the thread on the axle and not being able to return it, or worse still damaged the thread on their bike frame!

  21. Nicoya on July 21, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    6:35 I’d say it’s even more dangerous to try to ride without a front brake disc!

  22. GNX157 on July 21, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out why it was necessary for him to hold that rim and fork assembly for the whole video instead of clamping it in a bike work stand collar.

  23. Jeff Brown on July 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I find myself being over cautious and tend to over tighten

  24. Edwin Parson on July 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    thanks Doddy, brilliant, apparently not me, since I thought Neil’s race at ard rock enduro he had maybe installed a skewer wrong. it must of been a dt style. this channel and presenters are the best…

  25. Reghardt van Rensburg on July 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm


  26. Emiliano H on July 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Excellent video, a friend of my bought a Rockshork Judy fork and it came with a MAXLE without quick release, we’ve tried to release with a alen key but it’s impossible, i’m wondering if you might know which tool we can use for this purpose, thanks great channel!

  27. Mark Foster on July 21, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Doddy, you should definitely advise people to periodically grease their through axles, on both the thread AND, very importantly, the main body of the axle. I had TWO brand new bikes and after 11 months (first puncture) both rear axles had become seized to the point where they COULD NOT be removed from either bike. With one of them the thread would undo but the main body of the axle was totally seized / bonded to the axle! The bikes were out of action for 6 weeks and in both cases the rear wheel had to be cut off with a metal cutter! Fortunately the repair was covered by warranty but they did try and say it was all my fault! I now remove and re-grease the axles every other week!! Please share this information as I was really sad for 6 weeks! #askgmbntech

  28. Aaron Sandiego on July 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I have a thru axle fork with an included axle,as long as its a thru axle hub it will fit?

  29. Ryan Matthew Reyes on July 21, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I like to keep my lock about 14.5 mm away from the fork leg.

  30. drunkduck on July 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Cant believe you are doing a video on thru axles, damn if people dont know about a simple through axel they should not be touching there bike :-/

  31. CJRodz on July 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    As usual great video Doddy. I see Trek are using a 141 hub is this a proprietary hub spacing and thus a proprietary axel length?

  32. 안녕하셰 on July 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Thank to you. DT Swiss RWS….

  33. Bessun on July 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Hey a race scout

  34. DiverT 5000 on July 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Great vid, I’d like to maybe see a video like this about rim and tyre widths – I often see guys writing posts asking what width tyres they can fit on their rims, i.e how wide can they go etc etc.

  35. James Ouellette on July 21, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Great video!… I’ve recently upgraded to my first full suspension bike and would love to see a video on how to maintain the front and rear suspension components

  36. Noah Wray on July 21, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    This was extremely helpful and well explained! Thank you!

  37. GMBN Tech on July 21, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Welcome to GMBN Tech Essentials! What skills would you like to learn?

  38. Noel Castillo on July 21, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    This series is brilliant. Full bike geek and totally enjoyable to both know the history and proper maintenance of the parts. Doddy is a great teacher. 👏

  39. TwisT on July 21, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Came for quick release skewer info, stayed for the Doddy.

  40. houndalism on July 21, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    most Rockshox forks I’ve seen have had Maxle Lite which I was surprised you didn’t feature, has the metal shroud used to thread/unthread that’s easily bent

  41. Andrew Nelson on July 21, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    FOCUS has a pretty unique thru axle that doesn’t act like the rest. It has tabs on the far end and only rotates 1/4 turn to open and close and then has a cam lever to keep it tight. Works really well and is quite fast to change:

  42. Arthur Thain on July 21, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Anyone notice the haibike’s dropper seat post being clamped 😬😬

  43. L on July 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    No mention of the QLoc.

  44. L on July 21, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    You’d think someone would come up with a better system.

  45. Lee Dixon on July 21, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Really good article, thanks. #TinTin

  46. mtb heaven on July 21, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    What hubs to use with 10, 11, and 12 speed drive trains?

  47. Gerard Quigley on July 21, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Great vid… how about brake maintenance, bleeding etc?

  48. tennessee wallick on July 21, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    E bikes is the devil

  49. adammoonface on July 21, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    This is the sort of stuff nobody tells you, but everyone needs to know!