Our History

Like many great things in life, The Robert Axle Project was born from a passion for adventure and a desire for change. We seek innovative change that isn’t inspired in a laboratory or on a balance sheet, but by a wild adventure or an expedition to a far-away country.

We are tinkerers, problem solvers and big-time dreamers. Mountain bikers, trail builders, and travelers. Our story is one of those “ started in the garage” stories.

In 1999, we made the bold move to purchase BOB Trailers for a bike tour in Central America. The trailers soon became our favorite pieces of equipment for seeing the world by bike.

In 2003, we rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Mexico, experiencing some of the most sublime and wild scenery in the U.S. Since then, we’ve been dragging our mountain biking friends on to local tours, exploring the forested trails and roads in Oregon and beyond.

In 2013 when we upgraded our mountain bikes to fast, light, full suspension carbon steeds, we encountered a problem. We could not attach our BOB Trailers to our new bikes with modern 12mm thru axles. Thus, the Robert Axle Project was born, in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Since then, we’ve become the experts on all things thru axle.

Meet Us

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Chris

CO-FOUNDER & COO

Chris always knew he’d end up making things. After fifteen years of working in the outdoor industry in sales and customer service, he is meticulously obsessive about how things could be better designed. Chris also has a deep passion for mountain biking from the days as a wee kid shredding his BMX bike through the hills behind his house.

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Katy

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Katy is the wordsmith and whip cracker. She heads up all marketing, administration, and financial oversight duties and makes the taco runs when needed. She is also as a freelance writer, specializing in the outdoors, travel and, well…bicycling. Check out her bestselling book – a guidebook for mountain biking in Bend, Oregon.

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FuzzyJohn

SALES DIRECTOR
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Rachael

COMMUNITY and CONTENT
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Travis

PRODUCTION
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Zach

PRODUCTION / PHOTOGRAPHER
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Wally

SHOP DOG
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Tory Sox

SALES DIRECTOR
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Kaylie

PRODUCTION LEAD / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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Rick

INVENTORY AND PURCHASING MANAGER
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Mike

PACKAGING
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Erik Fenner

MARKETING DIRECTOR
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Sam

CUSTOMER SERVICE
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Cindy

PRODUCTION
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Matt

PRODUCTION
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DUANE

PACKAGING