Bending axles

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by Arty, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Does anyone have any suggestions on good quality rear axles?
    I keep on bending mine. - I don't jump curbs, and try to avoid pot-holes etc., but I am a bit heavy on the throttle.

  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    had a customer doing that - he was hard on the clutch and he often adjusted chain too tight at its tight spot - he was also breaking spokes on the rag joint side and not noticing because they were held by the rubbers
  3. SeanPatrick

    SeanPatrick Member

    What sort of hub and axle do you have?
  4. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    It's a solid rear axle (no quick-release), and an aluminum hub (I don't see a brand name on it).
    I'm also running a Sick Bikes jackshaft kit with a 7 speed cassette.
  5. SeanPatrick

    SeanPatrick Member

    Are you sure it is a cassette? Cassettes and freewheels are different (see link). I ask because a freewheel is more prone to bending that a cassette due to the drive side bearing being farther inside the hub. Either way I would look for Titanium or Chromoly axles. If you post the length, diameter and thread pitch it would be easier to help find a replacement. I'd check around google/ebay/amazon or many give a call to you Local Bike Shop.

    cassette VS freewheel
  6. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Live and learn! It's a freewheel, not a cassette. I had never really paid much attention to the difference, and the reason for the desirability of the cassette, especially when you're applying engine power to the axle through the gearset. Also, when I think about it, for a while I was having a problem with the engine refusing to go back to idle, causing chain snatch when shifting. I'm sure that didn't help. The drive side bearing being farther inside the hub would make a big difference.
    Sadly, I just replaced my rear wheel assembly, but next time for sure it will be one with a cassette style hub.
    Thanks a lot for your help. - I really appreciate it.