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Will you notice a difference making the switch from the standard 9mm quick release in the rear? I noticed a huge difference up front with the 15mm QR thru axle on my fork, but was recently told that I won't notice a difference in the rear because it doesn't thread into the frame - you'll only benefit if the frame is made for it. So I have to ask, how many of you out there have switched to a thru axle in the rear and also was there any noticeable difference?

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My SX Trail has a 10mm thru-axle but I occasionally use a rear wheel with a regular QR and I can't say I honestly feel a difference.
 

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RagerXS said:
Will you notice a difference making the switch from the standard 9mm quick release in the rear? I noticed a huge difference up front with the 15mm QR thru axle on my fork, but was recently told that I won't notice a difference in the rear because it doesn't thread into the frame - you'll only benefit if the frame is made for it. So I have to ask, how many of you out there have switched to a thru axle in the rear and also was there any noticeable difference?

Fred
I think a lot of it depends on the bike honestly. I had a 2006 Yeti 575 that was a flexier rear end, and the 10mm made a noticeable difference. On my Turner 5Spot, which is a stiffer rear end, I don't notice much of a difference.

Even on the Yeti it wasn't as noticeable as going from a QR fork to a thru axle fork though.

I'm using Hadley hubs as well.
 

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RagerXS said:
Will you notice a difference making the switch from the standard 9mm quick release in the rear? I noticed a huge difference up front with the 15mm QR thru axle on my fork, but was recently told that I won't notice a difference in the rear because it doesn't thread into the frame - you'll only benefit if the frame is made for it. So I have to ask, how many of you out there have switched to a thru axle in the rear and also was there any noticeable difference?

Fred
Standard rear is 10mm, not 9.
Open dropouts are not through axle (through axles need to be removed from the hub to remove the wheels from the frame/fork).
You can use a through bolt axle, if it can fit your hub. A 5mm bolt on steel skewer in a QR hub can give you most of the benefits of a 10mm through bolt without having to change anything.
 

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shiggy said:
Standard rear is 10mm, not 9.
Open dropouts are not through axle (through axles need to be removed from the hub to remove the wheels from the frame/fork).
You can use a through bolt axle, if it can fit your hub. A 5mm bolt on steel skewer in a QR hub can give you most of the benefits of a 10mm through bolt without having to change anything.
I have Hope Pro 2 hubs and already own the rear hub conversion. But I need to factor in either the Hadley thru bolt (and can't seem to find any of these for sale anywhere) or the DT Swiss RWS ratcheting thru bolt quick release thingy. There may be other options, but to me the DT RWS seems like thru bolt rigidity with QR convenience. I'm just trying to get a feel for whether or not it's worth my while to replace my existing QR with the DT RWS for example.

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I converted to the 10mm thru bolt on a both Titus Motolite and an Intense Tracer. The difference was not very noticeable on the Motolite(already stiff rear), but was more so on the Tracer. I've also used both the DT RWS and Hadley axle. I prefer the Hadley as it has a cleaner look, is a bit lighter, and uses a 6mm hex which I already have on my multi-tool that I carry.

You can get the Hadley axle from here: http://www.balleracing.com/Hadley/Hadley10mmAxle.htm
They show them in stock and they have shipped very fast for me in the past.
 
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