My dilemma is i have a hub with 10mm through axle for which there are no qr adaptors. I considered clamping it into the frame just using the steel 10mm through axle as the "skewer". Funnily the through axle is marginally too big for the rear dropout. To make this work I'd need to reduce the through axle diameter or enlarge the dropout size, very slightly, about 0.1mm or 4 thou. I have placed a traditional Shimano 10mm qr rear axle through the hub axle. The over length is correct, ca. 11mm. It fits with a small diametral clearance, and hence also fits the dropouts as per common practice.I think it will be perfectly fine to use this axle and skewer to secure the rear wheel. Can anybody point out an obvious flaw here? Thanks

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    What are you threading the through axle into? Nov 11, 2019 at 14:47
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    Adding a clear photo might help explain what you've got and what you're doing.
    – Criggie
    Nov 11, 2019 at 19:13
  • The thru axle comes with a nut on the end just like a skewer except 10mm. The frame is traditional, ie has dropouts. That is all described above.
    – Henry S
    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:48

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If understand right, you've got a thru-bolt style hub and it's not fitting correctly in the dropouts. You're proposing to take a standard 10mm axle instead, use that in place of the thru-bolt, and put a QR through the whole thing to secure it.

(Thru-bolt is the more commonly used term for the type of hub that fits in a standard QR-compatible dropout but uses a continuous-diameter axle for extra stiffness.)

I think it would probably be fine to do what you propose. Hypothetically one issue could be what if there were other aspects to the hub's design that were relying on the stiffness of the thru-bolt to maintain bearing alignment, etc. But that's very hypothetical.

However, if a 10mm threaded axle fits and your 10mm thru-bolt doesn't, you're probably talking about taking off a very minuscule amount of material from the frame to make it work. In most cases I wouldn't feel any compunction about just doing that, especially if this is your bike and this is the hub you want to use with it indefinitely. Back in the days when more bike boom era bikes showed up in shops for repair, I filed a number of 5/16" frames and forks to take replacement wheels with 3/8" or 10mm axles. That's about 30 times the material you're talking about taking off and maintaining symmetry was never a huge problem. Just be careful, do the same number of file strokes on each side with your best attempt at the same amount of force, and go slow. Make some sweeping motions with a round file to do the enlarging of the rounded part, if you even need to in this case.

  • Thank you Nathan,it is indeed a thru bolt axle,which is new to me. I will do the minor filing of the dropout. My estimate is only about 0.1mm. Much obliged for your help.
    – Henry S
    Nov 12, 2019 at 14:21
  • Further info for others in future: it only took minor filing of paint inside the left dropout to allow the 10mm thru bolt to fit correctly. The threaded portion fitted the RH dropout without difficulty. A standard 10mm qr axle measures ca. 9.9mm diameter which explains why it fitted but the thru bolt didn't.
    – Henry S
    Nov 13, 2019 at 10:54

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