Unicorn Axles’ 15QR Ratcheting Thru-Axle

October 25, 2013

Simple, inexpensive Fox thru-axle replacement.

Ratcheting Replacement
Ratcheting 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.

Unicorn Axles Fab Four 4 copy
Colours to match your eyes.
(Just see a doc if that’s the yellow or red)

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.

Forthcoming alloy/carbon model
Forthcoming alloy/carbon model

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.

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