Rounded off thru axle.

bbvelo

Regular
The thru axle on my mtb is completely rounded off. Ive tried using torx bits and flat head screw drivers to remove it but nothings working. Any ideas on how i can get it out?
 

JhnBssll

Veteran
Location
Suffolk
I'd get a bolt extractor on it, should work with no problems. You will of course need to replace the axle.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Already tried it and unfortunately it's too far rounded off for that
Rock Shox ? - Not too happy with the normal Maxxel Lites with QR lever - so easy to break them. I soon learnt how soft they were.. I'm so careful with the 'two' bikes I have with them now... - it's a flipping MTB !!!!
 
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bbvelo

bbvelo

Regular
Sort of embarrassed, I just dropped it off at my local bike shop. Hopefully they can fix it.
 

Jody

Veteran
Would that work? It's a hollow thru axle
There must be something you can get purchase on. If you can get a torx drive in then you must have somewhere to put an extractor.

Failing that if you're feeling brave would be a drift and a large hammer.
 

Gravity Aided

Legendary Member
Location
Land of Lincoln
Sort of embarrassed, I just dropped it off at my local bike shop. Hopefully they can fix it.
Looks like a job for the bike shop. I can tell by the above that this could prove to be one of those problems that just opens up like a flower in spring, growing ever more complicated as it does so. Like my old Schwinn Passage, which I was trying to straighten, until I discovered that the frame had become so whippy that it would never align. Too many years of a heavy rider and heavy load, and I was the third owner I could think of.
 

keithmac

Veteran
Sort of embarrassed, I just dropped it off at my local bike shop. Hopefully they can fix it.
You do right, I've seen plenty of "attempts" by customers who've had a go at removing seized fasteners and it normally takes twice as long to sort out than if they'd just brought it to us first!.

Worste thing you can do is snap a rock hard tool or drill bit in the end, nigh on impossible to get out..
 
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bbvelo

bbvelo

Regular
You do right, I've seen plenty of "attempts" by customers who've had a go at removing seized fasteners and it normally takes twice as long to sort out than if they'd just brought it to us first!.

Worste thing you can do is snap a rock hard tool or drill bit in the end, nigh on impossible to get out..
So is it a complicated job to sort out? Do you know roughly how long it takes to remove the axle (its rounded off badly)? Cheers
 
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