I just got my first bike with a thru axle, and am having such a hard time getting it onto my H3, and even taking the rear wheel on and off. I have the Domane SL5 with the 105 groupset, and the rear derailleur is so tight, its hard to get it to move to get the chain fed onto or off the cassette. I’ve tried putting it in the small chainring and the smallest cog in the back, and even the large chainring and mid cassette, but still seems like it should be easier than it is. I’ve tried so many combinations, but they all suck.
Once I get the bike set, feeding the thru axle and tightening is easy, it’s just getting the bike to that point. I have the correct adapters installed on the trainer and don’t have any issues there.
This morning, I chipped the paint on the dropout area, which sucks because the bike is only a week old!
Any tips or tricks to make this process easier?