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I'm new to the 20mm TA. I've got a 2009 Fox Talas 36. Since I'm a chicken and carry a whole lot of parts in my Camelbak, I wonder if I should have a spare axle. What if it rolls down a hill while I'm changing a flat or something.

So where do I get this spare axle? LBS? Fox? Some online retailer? How much should it cost?

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older and slower said:
I'm new to the 20mm TA. I've got a 2009 Fox Talas 36. Since I'm a chicken and carry a whole lot of parts in my Camelbak, I wonder if I should have a spare axle. What if it rolls down a hill while I'm changing a flat or something.

So where do I get this spare axle? LBS? Fox? Some online retailer? How much should it cost?

Thanks.
fox/fox distributor. And they cost a decent amount. And how the HELL will it roll down a hill? I've done several flat changes at a resort and the axle went nowhere
 

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Should run about $40 or so.

That being said, there's no way in hell you should break one, and losing it would be pretty hard too.
 

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I think you should carry two... May as well pick up an extra front rim and lug that around too. Never know when you're wheel might roll down the hill while you're digging the spare axle out of you're pack!
 

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Thanks for the information. Now that my questions are answered (Fox distributor/$40), gather round, youngens, and listen to a story:

A long time ago, in 1987 or so, there was this pretty new thing called mountain biking. And this newish company called Cannondale. And this old geezer (a young geezer at the time) was rolling around on some forest service roads up near Pinecrest, CA. (This may have been so long ago, the Forest Service didn't even have regulations about mtb.) Many miles from the cabin and the nearest real road, my Cannondale and a small jump and a rock all came together. When I got up, guess what? Busted right rear drop out. And back then, grasshoppers, there was no such thing as a replaceable dr hanger/dropout. Luckily, being a chicken (see post #1), I had a chain tool, and single speeded it out of there in about twice the time it took me to get in, arriving back at the cabin well after dark.

And the next week, the dudes at the shop said, "Whoa, never seen that before." And Cannondale said, "Wow, that almost never happens. If you pay for shipping, we'll send you a new frame." (Got a purple frame with the sponge accents to replace my bee yellow frame.)

So I try to carry small but crucial parts -- what's the harm? I carry a dr hanger for my BLT2, and how often do those break? And sometimes I carry an extra tire depending on the terrain. Etc. So there you go.
 

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yeah, chain tool, extra hanger... I carry those too. Even an extra crank bolt. But there's a line between preparedness and paranoia, you have to draw that somewhere.

I was just giving you a hard time earlier, no hard feelings...
 

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That being said, there's no way in hell you should break one,
While you shouldn't, you can. Try unthreading the axle before loosening the pinch bolts...
 

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Get into the habit of sticking the axle back into the fork when the wheel is off - not tightened, just enough to keep it in there so you don't lose track of it.

Do it up nice and tight/properly, and you have no need to carry a spare axle.
 
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