Industry 9 Matchsticks – Next Level Axles

Words Cam McRae
Photos Kaz Yamamura
Date Sep 17, 2015

Industry 9 has taken a closer look at an overlooked bicycle component: the through axle.  The aluminum 142.5 rear and 110 x 15 front axles use a 5mm fitting. You’ll find a 5mm Allen head driver attached to the lever, which isn’t only a lever.

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These aren’t simply axles…

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The 5mm driver can be replaced with the other Allen sizes and several Torx bits. The lever also triples as a spoke wrench.

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Pull on the red end to remove the sleeve. First you’ll notice a spare link.

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Next you’ll discover the silicone (maybe?)sleeve holds Allen and Torx head bits. There are clever key-shaped openings that allow you to retriever the bits. Trying to squeeze them out the open end, as I attempted, doesn’t work at all.

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The axle becomes the lever that operates your chain tool.

On race day simply remove the sleeve to save some grams. And shave your legs and eyebrows.

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All the pieces.

The best part about using Matchsticks would be surprising your friends with your cleverly hidden secret weapon.


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reformed-roadie
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reformed roadie  - Sept. 18, 2015, 6:07 p.m.

Hmm…I had been trying to increase unsprung weight and put tools where they can get damaged in rock gardens…

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kaz-yamamura
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Kaz Yamamura  - Sept. 18, 2015, 8:49 p.m.

If tools inside your hubs are getting damaged in rock gardens you have other things to worry about.

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reformed-roadie
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reformed roadie  - Sept. 19, 2015, 8:42 p.m.

hmm…did you miss the chain tool that hangs off the end?

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Rob Stead  - Sept. 17, 2015, 3:59 p.m.

Really? People are into this? Looks fiddly as hell. At some point I'd rather just throw a multi-tool in my pocket.

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bernd-brookes-brugger
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Bernd Brookes Brugger  - Sept. 17, 2015, 2:49 p.m.

Shut up and take my money! 😀

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agleck7
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Agleck7  - Sept. 17, 2015, 9:56 a.m.

Any chance of a 20mm front version?

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andrew-hewitson
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Andrew Hewitson  - Sept. 17, 2015, 8:40 a.m.

Take my money. And the chain tool looks better than the Specialized top cap one.

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whatyouthink
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whatyouthink  - Sept. 17, 2015, 6:23 a.m.

Are they compatible with all styles of 142×12 axels? Not all are created equal!

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Sept. 17, 2015, 1:38 p.m.

It's early yet Andrew. These were show samples. They will likely expand options based on demand.

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jorge-ramirez
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Jorge Ramirez  - Sept. 17, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

my trek abp 142mm axle is way longer than dh 150mm axles!

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