The problem I face is simple: I have a Tacx wheel-on trainer and my new bike has a thru axle.
The solutions are equally simple:
- You bought an expensive bike, you buy a direct drive trainer and shut up.
- You use your old bike on the trainer and the new one on the road.
- You buy a replacement trainer axle.
Ad. 1. Right now it seems almost impossible to buy a trainer anywhere. No Tacx, no Elite, a Kickr perhaps, but I don’t want to spend all that money.
Ad. 2. I think I’d rather sell my bike for someone else to enjoy. I don’t think I NEED two carbon road bikes, even though they are different.
Ad. 3. I managed to buy the Elite Thru-axle. It fits the bike, but (probably owing to the clamp) it is to wide for the Tacx trainer, so I’m sending it back to the shop. The correct Tacx adapter is not available at any shop (online and offline I know, and I got info that the country distributor has none left). Shipping a Robert Axle Project axle to Europe is waaaaay too expensive and no one knows how long it would take.
And then comes this guy:
You think this would actually be safe? I’m not an engineer but if the diameter of the axle (bolt) is smaller than the internal diameter of the hub opening and the frame opening, then it will not hold everything centered.
What do you think? I’m kind of reluctant to risk a rather expensive frame and trying to bodge it… or maybe its a hack?