Bent axle replacement?

Ryan71

Member
Think I may have a slightly bent axle on front tire( quick release) 2019 radrover....can this be replaced?
If so where can I find replacement?
Thanks!
 

indianajo

Well-Known Member
I don't own a radrover. After reading this and about loose spokes on the wheels, I'm glad I don't. But I replaced the quick release front axle on my bodaboda with a 4 1/2" 10-32 SS screw from mcmaster.com . Also an elastic stop nut and two washers. Keeps the rowdies from stealing my wheel to throw in somebody's yard on Derby day. People over 200 lb or off road racers should buy something thicker. If there is a flat tire, I carry a screwdriver & wrench anyway, for the other fasterners on the bike.
If you want something specifically designed for bikes, thebikeshopstore.com is one online vendor in NY. Another online source is modernbike.com in IO. If you've lost any balls, you must buy those separately. lube them with petroleum jelly before installation.
 

batmick1

Active Member
Do you mean just the quick release skewer or the actual axle of the hub? Skewers are easy to replace, just find the right diameter and length (probably 9mm and 100mm for a standard QR front). You can get replacement axles for the higher end hubs but there are so many different models of lower end that chances of finding one are slim to none. And even if you find one, you need someone with the skills to swap and adjust the bearings. Overall probably cheaper to buy a new hub or even a cheap front wheel.
 

Ryan71

Member
Do you mean just the quick release skewer or the actual axle of the hub? Skewers are easy to replace, just find the right diameter and length (probably 9mm and 100mm for a standard QR front). You can get replacement axles for the higher end hubs but there are so many different models of lower end that chances of finding one are slim to none. And even if you find one, you need someone with the skills to swap and adjust the bearings. Overall probably cheaper to buy a new hub or even a cheap front wheel.
Pretty sure just the quick release skewer?
I took a nasty spill and now when I rock the bike side to side it makes a weird squeaking noise. I took the quick release skewer completely out....didn't notice any damage...then sprayed some wd-40 inside. Seemed to work for an hour or two now its squeaking again. I checked break's & everything I could think of so my last thought was a slightly bent axle/skewer?
 

batmick1

Active Member
Pretty sure just the quick release skewer?
I took a nasty spill and now when I rock the bike side to side it makes a weird squeaking noise. I took the quick release skewer completely out....didn't notice any damage...then sprayed some wd-40 inside. Seemed to work for an hour or two now its squeaking again. I checked break's & everything I could think of so my last thought was a slightly bent axle/skewer?
Impossible to do a remote diagnosis. This could be a number of things after a nasty fall. I'd bring it to a bike shop and have them take a look while it's on a repair stand and you can move and wiggle all parts to diagnose. They might even do the diagnosis part for free, if they're not too busy.
If you're lucky and it really is just the skewer, they might even have a used one they can try out and sell you cheap.
Good luck!
 

rich c

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Pretty sure just the quick release skewer?
I took a nasty spill and now when I rock the bike side to side it makes a weird squeaking noise. I took the quick release skewer completely out....didn't notice any damage...then sprayed some wd-40 inside. Seemed to work for an hour or two now its squeaking again. I checked break's & everything I could think of so my last thought was a slightly bent axle/skewer?
Get rid of that WD40. It’s a horrible lubricant! Doesn’t sound like a bent axle to me. Unless you are good at troubleshooting, get the bike to a shop. You are looking at a serious safety issue. A guy on reddit lost a front wheel braking, going down a hill. Broken collarbone.
 

Ryan71

Member
Get rid of that WD40. It’s a horrible lubricant! Doesn’t sound like a bent axle to me. Unless you are good at troubleshooting, get the bike to a shop. You are looking at a serious safety issue. A guy on reddit lost a front wheel braking, going down a hill. Broken collarbone.
Good advice....thank you!
Ironically enough the nasty fall I mentioned above resulted in a broken collarbone.....very painful.
 

Ryan71

Member
Impossible to do a remote diagnosis. This could be a number of things after a nasty fall. I'd bring it to a bike shop and have them take a look while it's on a repair stand and you can move and wiggle all parts to diagnose. They might even do the diagnosis part for free, if they're not too busy.
If you're lucky and it really is just the skewer, they might even have a used one they can try out and sell you cheap.
Good luck!
Thank you....unfortunately no bike shops in my area will even touch an ebike as they dont sell or service them.
Odd huh!
Impossible to do a remote diagnosis. This could be a number of things after a nasty fall. I'd bring it to a bike shop and have them take a look while it's on a repair stand and you can move and wiggle all parts to diagnose. They might even do the diagnosis part for free, if they're not too busy.
If you're lucky and it really is just the skewer, they might even have a used one they can try out and sell you cheap.
Good luck!
Good advice, thank you. Unfortunately no bike shops will even touch my bike because it's an ebike....honestly I think their just upset I didn't buy it from them? Oddly enough none of them even sell ebikes so it was never an option to begin with. Fortunately I have a friend who was a bike mechanic for six years coming to look at it tonight.
 

batmick1

Active Member
Thank you....unfortunately no bike shops in my area will even touch an ebike as they dont sell or service them.
Odd huh!

Good advice, thank you. Unfortunately no bike shops will even touch my bike because it's an ebike....honestly I think their just upset I didn't buy it from them? Oddly enough none of them even sell ebikes so it was never an option to begin with. Fortunately I have a friend who was a bike mechanic for six years coming to look at it tonight.
How silly and short-sighted.
I can understand not wanting to deal with the electric parts if you have no experience or parts, but most of the e-bike is conventional and no different from other bikes.
In our store we'd work on everybody's bikes but gave priority in terms of wait times and prices to our own customers. Got quite a few converts that way, who first bought mail order or department store bikes and then realized that in the long run you pay less and have less trouble buying from a real shop.
 

Ryan71

Member
How silly and short-sighted.
I can understand not wanting to deal with the electric parts if you have no experience or parts, but most of the e-bike is conventional and no different from other bikes.
In our store we'd work on everybody's bikes but gave priority in terms of wait times and prices to our own customers. Got quite a few converts that way, who first bought mail order or department store bikes and then realized that in the long run you pay less and have less trouble buying from a real shop.
I find it rather odd myself. I've worked in retail 20 plus years & treating people right builds loyalty & word spreads fast....on the contrary blowing people off spreads even faster! Not a smart move for any brick n mortar local business trying to compete with the all mighty internet.