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What is the difference between thru-axle and bolt-on axle?

I believe that a thru-axle actually attaches is held in place by the frame itself rather than a nut on the other side the squeezes everything together like a quick release. This means that a frame has to be designed for a thru-axle (e.g. Maxle), whereas a thru-bolt would just use standard dropouts
I found this but still can't get it. So does this mean if the back wheel comes with a thru-axle, that I will have to change it to a bolt-on axle? (wheel is going on a riot)

How hard is it to change from a thru-axle to a bolt-on axle?

Also maybe someone has pictures of both, maybe that will help me understand better.

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ilikemybike011 said:
Riot uses normal dropouts so you need 10mm axle. You can use a 10mm bolt on rear hub or a 10mm thru-axle.
so it doesn't matter if it's a thru-axle or bolt-on axle, as long as it's 10mm?

How hard is it to change from thru-axle to bolt-on axle?
Is there a special kit to do that?

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svyatko said:
so it doesn't matter if it's a thru-axle or bolt-on axle, as long as it's 10mm?

How hard is it to change from thru-axle to bolt-on axle?
Is there a special kit to do that?

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most thru axles are bolt on...
 

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Frankenschwinn said:
most thru axles are bolt on...
Ok, just got confused again. Can you explain it to me?

The wheels I am looking to buy has a 12mm thru-axle.
So I would need to change it to 10mm axle?
How would I change it to a 10mm thru-axle or a 10mm bolt-on axle?
And it doesn't matter if it's a thru-axle or a bolt-on axle?

THANKS!!!!!

EDIT:
The thru-axle and the Bolt-on axle look almost the same, so I guess it doesn't matter what I have, as long as it's not quick release.
How would I change it from 12mm to 10mm though?

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OK, this might be a little off topic and newbish, but it looks like the OP's question was answered.

I have an 08 Specialized P1, and need new wheels for it. It is a 3/8th bolt axel. I have looked at several companys, and few have somethine that will work. Will a 10mm or 12mm bolt axel work for my 3/8th??
Also, can you guys suggest companies?? I am looking for a wheelset to have ASAP, but I will build up my own if it will be the strongest/fastest/best.
 

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trails_Bud said:
OK, this might be a little off topic and newbish, but it looks like the OP's question was answered.

I have an 08 Specialized P1, and need new wheels for it. It is a 3/8th bolt axel. I have looked at several companys, and few have somethine that will work. Will a 10mm or 12mm bolt axel work for my 3/8th??
Also, can you guys suggest companies?? I am looking for a wheelset to have ASAP, but I will build up my own if it will be the strongest/fastest/best.
I laced pimplites to the stock hubs on my 08 P1, it cost half as much as a new wheel set and no problems at all.
 

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In case the OP did not find his answer:

In the pic below, the hub to the far right (in the 3 in a row) that is a 10mm thru-axle hub. The one at the bottom (by itself) is a standard 10mm bolt on. As mentioned either style will work with the Riot.

Now if you get a wheelset that has a 12mm hub, make sure the hub is a 135mm spacing and that they make a conversion axle to go from 12 to 10mm.

 
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