Product Test: Fox Kabolt Axle
The Kabolt started as the brainchild of Scott 3Rox team rider Geoff Kabush who was looking for a simpler solution to the QR15 axle developed by Fox and Shimano and released five years ago. We’re suckers for elegant and simple solutions, and that’s exactly what this is.
The Kabolt is an anodized axle upgrade that’s compatible with any 15-millimeter Fox fork. The bolt is designed to shed roughly 40 grams compared to the standard-issue QR-15 axle and is available in both 100-millimeter-wide (standard) and 110-millimeter (27.5 and 29-plus) sizes. Our Kabolt tipped the scale at a scant 33 grams compared to the 73-gram QR version and retails for $45. The axle can be purchased directly from Fox or ordered through any local bike shop.
Field test results:
The Kabolt replaces any Fox 15-millimeter quick-release axle with what’s essentially an oversized and anodized bolt. We were fortunate enough to wrangle one of these from Fox’s prototype stash nearly a year ago and couldn’t be happier to see it finally make it to the mainstream market. The bolt threaded in smoothly with a 6-millimeter Allen wrench and stayed snug throughout our testing. The light weight is a nice benefit, as are the streamlined aesthetics of the machined bolt head. Other than the few seconds it takes to grab your a multi-tool, it takes about the same amount of time to operate as a QR axle. What else can we say? It’s a trick upgrade that won’t break the bank, is less than half the weight of the original part and saves a little complexity at the same time.
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