RockShox slims down Maxle axle

It goes lighter, but it won't go smaller

Mountain bike fork manufacturer RockShox has announced a new, lighter version of its Maxle 20mm through-axle quick release. 

Aimed at cross-country riding and enduro applications, Maxle Lite will be 50g lighter than the existing freeride and downhill-orientated Maxle design, according to RockShox.

However, RockShox currently has no plans to adopt the 15mm through-axle standard recently introduced by Fox and Shimano, Eric Schutt, mountain bike media guy with RockShox parent SRAM, told BikeRadar.

The new axle design will be unveiled at traditional mountain bike racing season opener the Sea Otter Classic (April 17-20) and is expected to feature on a new incarnation of RockShox' Reba fork. The weight savings come from a slimmed-down aluminium axle, alloy hardware and a pared-down lever.

We expect that RockShox will offer standard 9mm quick release dropouts on the new fork as well as Maxle Lite.

Eric Schutt was cagey on additional details but did mention that we should expect to see some features derived from the top-end SID cross-country racing fork on this newest Reba.

Sister company, brake maker Avid will also expand its color palette a bit for the Juicy Ultimate disk brake (and perhaps other models) to better coordinate with its likely pairing with a SID fork. New colors will include the previously team-only white as well as SID blue.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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