How to Remove a Rear Wheel Thru Axle on a Bicycle

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How to Remove a Rear Wheel Thru Axle on a Bicycle
Through axles are used on certain off-road models of bicycle. (mountain bike downhill image by Maxim Petrichuk from

Certain mountain bikes come equipped with a through axle. This type of bicycle axle is enclosed on all sides, providing a safe and effective interface between the wheel and the frame for off-road travel. Removing the rear or front wheel from the bicycle necessitates first removing the through axle from the wheel. Through axles use either a pinch bolt or quick-release skewer to secure the axle in place.

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Things you need

  • 5mm Allen key (if needed)

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  1. 1

    Use a 5mm Allen key and turn the pinch bolt counterclockwise at the end of the through axle, if so equipped, to loosen it.

  2. 2

    Open the quick-release lever at the end of the skewer, if so equipped, and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the through axle.

  3. 3

    Slide the loosened through axle off the rear wheel. The rear wheel can now be removed from the bicycle as needed.

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