by Marc Basiliere
October 25, 2013
Simple, inexpensive Fox thru-axle replacement.
What happens when you lose your fancy new fork’s thru axle? Most of us sulk off home, upset at a missed ride- only to have the sadness turn to even more sadness over the cost of (and occasionally long wait for) a factory replacement.
That is, unless you’re Trever Skilnick from New Mexico. Rather than waiting six weeks and shelling out $75 for an axle to replace one lost from the back of a friend’s truck rides, he decided to make his own. And the name?
It has been said that replacement Fox 15QR axles are so rare only unicorns can order them. On a moonless night. While a trio of virgin flutists toot the melody of Gangnam Style in three-part harmony. And even then the thing costs seventy-five American dollars.
There you have it.
Rather than going with a quick-release design, Unicorn Axles’ 15QRRs use a positionable L-handle design. Made of reinforced polymer, early models’ handles are 40mm don’t ratchet per se- but can be ‘parked’ in any position à la DT’s RWS skewers. As with DT’s and X-Fusion’s thru-axles, the lever should provide plenty of force to keep the wheel in place.
The company is still ramping up their website, but are aiming for $59 pricing. Early production skewers (shown above) are in stock for anyone in a pinch. At 78g, the prototype Unicorn comes in right on top of Fox’s 75g original. There are also alloy-handled (97g) and weight weenie (40g) models in the works. More at unicornaxles.com.