The Robert Axle Story

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

Chris Kratsch President Robert Axle Project

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.

Katy Bryce with Robert Axle Project

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.

Tom Feldmann machinist with Robert Axle Project

Tom is our chief machinist and maker of Bulletproof Coffee. Tom has been a forester, farmer, machinist, fiber optics maker, climber, surfer, skier and all around good guy. He recently bought a new mountain bike and has been trying to avoid trees since then. When Tom isn’t making axles, he is traveling to tropical locales looking for surf.


Rich is our master axle assembler, shipping king and warehouse manager. When he’s not making or shipping axles, he’s out on his road bike or chasing his son Lucas on cross country skis. He’s also a master vintage bike reseller.


Tory is our newest crew member and handles a variety of things, from customer service to axle assembly and product development. Tory is a hobby frame-builder and self-proclaimed Bike Geek. When he’s not working, he’s found bike touring with his wife Katie or goofing off at the pump track.

wally the shop dog

Wally is the Robert Axle Project lazy shop dog and spends most of the day lounging in his bed. Until the UPS or FedEx truck comes – he then goes bonkers for treats. Wally loves dead fish, sticks, pine cones and swimming in the river. He doesn’t ride a bike.

5 thoughts on “Meet Us

  1. Hello,

    I have a MTB brand: Specialized with a carbon frame and a tru axle of 12 mm and I am not able to attach it to my topeak Trailer. Do you have a solution?
    Thanks in d’avance,

    Best regards


    • Andre,

      Thanks for the note. Unfortunately we do not make an axle that works with a Topeak Trailer. We haven’t had enough requests for this, so there isn’t enough for a production run.



      • Hi Katy,

        Have you had more requests by now? I’m looking to purchase a single-wheeled trailer for a through-axle road bike, and I really don’t like the look of the Bob Yak. I would love to be able to use the Topeak Journey, but yeah, no factory through axle compatibility..

        Best regards,


        • Hello Jochem,

          We have looked into producing axles for the Topeak trailer. However the Topeak is made of aluminum and their fork/yoke would not accept the additional width required of thru-axle equipped bikes. So no, there are no plans to produce a solution for the Topeak Journey at this time.

          • Hi Katy,

            Thanks for your reply. I’ve ordered the thru-axle for my BMC Roadmachine 03 through my local supplier Galaxus, for the Bob Yak!

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