As more and more manufactures release disc versions of popular road frames, I am seeing more and more road bikes with 12mm thru axles. I was wondering if there is a reason for not just doing away with quick-release and converging the disc and rim versions of very similar models, say the '18 BMC team machine which has identical geometry for both rim and disc for instance, to both use a thru axle.
I know the wheel change speed argument against the thru axle, in so far as it can take longer to pop out a wheel to replace it in a race. Aside from this, and looking at a more comprehensive view that takes into account non-racers, is there a reason to not equip all road bikes with through axles?
The arguments for are compelling; a stiffer, more secure front end being the main. While this is more important when dealing with asymmetric torque from a disc rotor being applied to the hub, I think it is still valid and likely beneficial without disc brakes. Granted, I have never ridden a thru axel bike that wasn't a disc, it seems like it would be superior even with rim brakes.
Are there any reasons not to build road bikes with through axels, even if they are not disc brake equipped? Is this a trend we might see as manufactures produce more pairs of very similar road disc/non-disc models?