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.
These aren’t simply axles…
The 5mm driver can be replaced with the other Allen sizes and several Torx bits. The lever also triples as a spoke wrench.
Pull on the red end to remove the sleeve. First you’ll notice a spare link.
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.
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.
All the pieces.
The best part about using Matchsticks would be surprising your friends with your cleverly hidden secret weapon.