Lock Bike Wheels with Hexlox Thru-Axle Lock

Easy security solution for thru-axle wheels

Now you can lock bike wheels that have thru-axles. We’re excited to announce that our Lightning Bolt-On Axles work perfectly with the innovative Hexlox security system!

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Last summer at Eurobike we met up with Hexlox, a pretty cool company that makes a unique security system for bike components. Most bike security systems replace an entire part, such as the whole seat clamp or wheel skewer. So, you have to purchase clunky, ugly parts to put on your bike, and then tighten them on just perfectly to make sure they work right.

The Hexlox system was driven by desperation to find an easier and cleaner way to secure wheels and saddles. Made in Germany (a country known for its precision products), the Hexlox system uses a tiny piece that magnetically inserts right into a 4mm, 5mm or 6mm bolt – the standard bolts that secure most of the parts on your bike. That piece weighs less than 1 gram. You read that right – less than 1 gram.

The Hexlox is very secure and has been tested against all standard thief tools. Even the Berlin Lock Picking Society could not open the Hexlox.


This is where our Lightning Bolt-On Axles come in handy. Lightning Bolt-On axles are a low-profile, lightweight thru-axles designed to replace the stock axle that came with your bike. The axles are precision CNC machined from 7075 aluminum and are built to the tightest standards in the industry. No more slop and no more bulky handle sticking out there.

The Lightning Bolt-On axle end has a 6mm hex, which works perfectly with the Hexlox when you also purchase the magnetic insert from Hexlox. Each Hexlox comes with a unique key.

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The Hexlox fits beautifully in the Lightning Bolt-On axles.

So, how can you get a hold of this system? It’s easy:

  • Use the Robert Axle Project Fitment Selector to find the correct Lightning Bolt-On Axle for your bike. We have front and rear options!
  • You can also order our axles from your local bike shop if they use Quality Bicycle Products as their distributor.
  • Visit the Hexlox website to order their 6mm Hexlox with magnetic insert. It’s important to get the magnetic insert!

Questions? Shoot us an email and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Theft resistant thru axles from the Robert Axle Project and Hexlox may just save your wheels

Posted on Bike Rumor: December 30, 2016

The Robert Axle Project has a new light weight option if you’re looking for replacement thru axles. Called the Lightning Bolt-On, the axles aren’t meant to carry a trailer. Instead, they’re simply meant to offer a light weight option instead of the quick release axles that probably came stock. But the axles also have a little trick up their sleeve. Thanks to a partnership with Hexlox, the axles are compatible with the minuscule locking plugs. Combined with the tapered shape of the thru axle head, it should make the axle fairly theft resistant if you’re worried about losing your wheels…









Available for both front and rear axles in multiple sizes, the Lightning Bolt-On axles are a high quality aluminum axle with a simple bolt on head. Since the axles are made from aluminum, they will need a magnetic insert from Hexlox to use with their locks which is a little disc that fits inside the bolt head. At that point you can use a 6mm Hexlox to secure each axle.











Lightning Bolt-Ons will fit Fox and Rockshox forks as well as certain road and mountain bikes for both front and rear compatibility. Check out the site for their axle fitment selector for compatibility and pricing.


NEW Lightning Bolt-On Thru Axles

Because you don’t want your parts sticking out.

How does a small company like us come up with new product ideas? Here at the Robert Axle Project, many times it starts with a desire to make our OWN gear better. We figure if we can make something better for us, then we make something better for the greater cycling community. Case in point—our brand NEW Lightning Bolt-On Axles. These are replacement thru-axles for your bike.

Last spring, we were heading to Portland to meet with our anodizer and we stopped at Sandy Ridge to fit in a quick loop. The tread was wet (it’s the western Cascades, after all) and as I rode down, something didn’t feel right. In fact, it felt downright sketchballs. After stopping a few times, I realized that my rear thru-axle had come loose. Here I was, owner of a thru-axle company, and my stock thru axle hit something to jolt it loose—for reals.

DT Swiss thru axle replacement

This sad DT Swiss thru axle has had a rough life. Replace it with a Lightning Bolt-On axle!

That was enough of that. The Lightning Bolt-On Axle was born.

Instead of a big handle that sticks out and gets beat to shit, you now have a sleek, smooth, sano design. The axles are internally bored to remove unnecessary material without sacrificing strength. They are easy to install, requiring only a standard 6 mm hex wrench found in your ride tool kit. And, like all of our axles, they are designed, made and tested here in Oregon. We also machine them to the tightest tolerances using the highest quality materials.

They are available in a range of sizes that fit both front and rear thru-axle equipped wheels. Use our trusty Fitment Finder to find the axle that you need for your bike.

Boom. Clean, smooth, finished. No more parts sticking out.

New Years Resolutions for Bike Adventures

Who’s ready for 2017? We sure are. This year, live it up with our New Years resolutions for bike adventures. Just do it. Time’s a wasting.

Commit to microadventures! You are busy. We are busy. Not all of us have time to take that yearlong trip-of-a-lifetime traveling around the world by bicycle. We have careers, families, mortgages (bleh), and all the responsibilities of being an adult. These things add up and pretty soon we find that we’re on a hamster wheel of obligations. Add in the increased urbanization of our world and “improvements” in technology that tethers us to our computer screens and phones, and pretty soon you find that you haven’t explored the outdoors much.

That’s where the microadventure comes in. A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Microadventures allow us to escape to outdoors and reconnect us with why we love to ride bikes. Adventure Cycling started a Bike Overnights campaign with great ideas on how to get started with bike touring by embarking on quick overnight trips. Now is the time to plan your microadventures. Commit to one a week, one a month or a few times a year. No excuses.

Make family time outdoor time. Remember when you first discovered a bike as a kid? It was likely your ticket to freedom, a feeling that you could go anywhere and do anything. Introducing your kids to biking early on has immensely positive outcomes.

Need some inspiration? Check out While Out Riding’s post about a family overnight in New Mexico. Near and dear to us, our friend Drew takes his teenage daughter on short overnight BOB Trailer excursions in the forests of central Oregon. Finally, check out this family’s advice on bike touring with a toddler.

Give back to your cycling community. The Robert Axle Project has deep roots in building and maintaining our local singletrack. We figured that if we enjoy these trails, then we should certainly help to keep them in tip-top shape. If you are a mountain biker, joining your local trail building and advocacy group (starting with IMBA) can have a big impact on your local rides. If you are a road or cyclocross rider, find out how you can contribute. Organizations such as parks and recreation departments and Boys and Girls Clubs often have ways to get kids out on bikes too!

Visit your local bike shop. On that note, we still truly believe that in many places, local bike shops are the backbone of the cycling community. (Have you noticed? We’re all about community.) Your bike shop can provide you insider information and quality service. Because after all, the Internet can’t bleed your brakes, tune your suspension, or true your wheels. Bike shops can serve as a hub for cyclists, creating and advocating for the cycling community.

Remember why you ride. I don’t know about you, but riding my bike actually makes me a BETTER person. Chances are, you didn’t initially get into this sport because of Strava or some fancy pants carbon fiber bike part. You got into it because it made you feel better. You got into it because your friends shared the stoke with you. Or you got into it to make the world a little bit better. Whatever it was, just remember that feeling when you are on your bike, exploring your neighborhood, your country or your world. Keep that stoke and share it with others!

Happy New Year, from all of us at The Robert Axle Project!

Bike Touring On Dirt In Eastern Oregon

It has become a Robert Axle Project tradition to spend Memorial Day Weekend out in the wilds bike touring in our amazing backyard we call Oregon. We’ve dubbed it “Motor Free Memorial Weekend”, and although we may drive somewhere to start the tour, we spend three days “motor-free”, mountain bike touring with friends.

As a passion-driven business it is so important (and so hard, sometimes) for us to take the time to do what we love. That’s why we got into this business in the first place, right? To help others experience the adventure of traveling by bicycle. Winding around that next bend in the road to see places that we’ve never seen, or climbing up what seems to be an endless grind to nowhere. Those are the moments in time that get us all giddy about the work that we do.

This year, we explored the southeastern boundary of Oregon, otherwise officially known as BFE. The four of us headed out with a mishmash of bikes and gear, ranging from full suspension carbon mountain bikes to fully rigid steel bikes. Two of us had BOB trailers and two of us had a mix of Old Man Mountain racks and panniers and bikepacking gear. The point? Good gear is great, but no matter what you have or want as your bike touring set up, just try to make it work, so you can just get out there and ride.

Day 1: 24 miles

Day 1 took us a few miles on paved road, where we then turned up to climb a 2,200 foot climb on a dirt road. About halfway up, we found some singletrack leading to a viewpoint with expansive views of the valley, lakes and dry lakebeds below. It’s hard to not feel small in this country. Lucky for us, we had delicious hot springs at camp that night to soothe the quads and recharge us for the next day.

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Big skies and lonely roads. The signature of Eastern Oregon.

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It’s always fun to find a little singletrack along the way.

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CJ rides through the afternoon sun.

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The remains of the day were spent soaking in the hot springs.

Day 2: 19 miles

The second day took us up and over a divide, peaking out at around 6,500 feet, then down to the next valley below, through the aspens, wildflowers and green meadows. Pronghorn antelope dotted the horizon and sandhill cranes whooped in the distance. That day, we saw one car driving on what were now bumpy, rugged, rocky dirt roads. Our “gravel grind” tour turned into full on mountain biking, which is what we totally dig. Marshy creeks crossed the road every so often to cool our feet off.

Camp that night was in some of the most star laden skies we’ve ever seen. Being in the official BFE, the southeast corner of Oregon is home to some of the darkest skies in the U.S., with little to no light pollution. In the middle of the night, the stars shone brilliantly all the way to the horizon, a full twinkling canvas wrapped around us.

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Climbing up to the divide.

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More climbing ahead.

bike touring on dirt with BOB trailer

It’s big country out here. Real big.

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Camp for the night with Sandhill Cranes calling in the distance.

Day 3: 23 miles

We got an early start since we had to drive home that day after riding. Which is a good thing because about a ¼ mile from camp, I sheared my derailleur off and wrapped it up into my rear wheel. It was a prophetic mix of gnarly mud, a loaded bike and steep, rocky climb which had me grinding hard on the poor thing. After several attempts by Chris and CJ to patch my chain together, I set out to ride the day’s mileage on a singlespeed. The lesson – be prepared to deal with challenging mechanicals while bike touring or bikepacking, especially in the backcountry. And be prepared to work harder than you think you need to. This can make or break a tour.

From the high plateaus of juniper and sage, we eventually descended down a rocky, rowdy doubletrack, shooing cows along the way and dodging snakes in the trail. The views did not end as we rode back down into the lake basin from which we started. The final 12 miles rolled along an old doubletrack that hugged the base of the mountains on one side and marshy lakes on the other. It was an amazing way to end three days in the backcountry.

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A mess of mud, a snapped chain and a sheared derailleur made for an exciting last day.

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The final descent back to the lake basin on a gnarly doubletrack.

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The final sublime view across the basin.

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Mission accomplished!

Off road mountain bike touring has this crazy way of hitting the reset button on adulthood. All the worries, stresses, and responsibilities of “life” seem to be left behind. Once you throw your leg over the bike, not much matters except, as my mom would put it “staying warm, safe and dry.” It’s only then that you have the time and space to truly look around.

Here in Oregon, we are fortunate to have places where all sorts of gravel roads and dirt singletrack trails criss-cross the land. Chances are, you do too.

So, what are you waiting for? Stop making excuses. Get on your bike to spend a few nights in some place that is special to you. Have a microadventure. Just go.