Lightning Bolt-On Axle for NAILD Bikes – 12×148

(4 customer reviews)

$ 58.00

Our Lightning Bolt-On thru axle replacement for NAILD axles are a high quality, lower profile, simpler alternative.

  • Includes a threaded M12x1.0 replacement nut, to replace the NAILD nut that came on your bike.
  • This axle is designed for some Marin and Polygon mountain bikes with 12×148 spaced hubs and the NAILD thru axle system.

After years of mountain biking with thru-axles with bulky handles that seemed to strike every trailside obstacle, we needed a better option. Our Lightning Bolt-On thru axles offer the highest quality, simple, lightweight alternative to that bulky handle. Available in a range of sizes that fit all types of thru-axle equipped bikes. Learn about compatibility with Hexlox security systems.

SKU: LIG613.N Category:


  • Be free. No longer are you constrained by the proprietary NAILD axle. Simply replace the NAILD nut with our threaded nut and thru axle. A complete solution for a standard threaded axle for your bike.
  • Lightning is Better. Our Lightning Bolt-On axles offer a stronger, more durable, lower profile and lighter weight option to replace your stock thru-axles.
  • Low Profile. No more bulky handles to strike trail obstacles. Aerodynamic design.
  • Light Weight. Our axles are internally bored to remove unnecessary material without compromising strength.
  • Easy to install. Our matching front and rear Lightning Bolt-On Axles only require a standard 6 mm hex wrench for easy installation and removal.
  • Better Tolerances. Manufactured in the USA to the tightest tolerances using aerospace materials and CNC manufacturing. No longer will your axle loosen while riding.
  • Available Security. Learn about compatibility with Hexlox bike security systems.

This is NOT an axle for attaching trailers or trainers.


  • This axle is designed specifically to replace the NAILD axle system found on some Marin and Polygon bikes with 12×148 hub spacing.
  • The axle includes our threaded replacement nut for the NAILD system.
  • Weight: TBD
  • The axle is precision CNC machined in the USA from 7075 aluminum and hard anodized for rugged durability. Our axles are built to the tightest standards in the industry.
  • No special tools required. Design allows for installation or wheel removal using your standard 6mm hex wrench.
  • Designed, built and quality tested in the USA. Proven around the world.
  • Learn about compatibility with Hexlox security system.



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4 reviews

  1. Lars Holmstrom

    The Naild system tried to solve a problem I don’t have (quick removal of rear wheel) at the cost of complexity. After my Naild system suffered a malfunction in the middle of a bikepacking trip and almost cut it short, I knew I wanted a better (simpler) solution. This axle installed in minutes, and provides me with the confidence I should have in a through axle setup. It also weighs less and looks much cleaner. Highly recommended to any people currently using the Naild system.

  2. Peter Theokritoff (verified owner)

    The Naild system looks great and is good as a quick release. This is not of much use on a bike-packing set up where reliability is paramount. The Naild axle just doesn’t look or feel sufficiently robust.
    Very satisfied with the new thru axle.

  3. Sam Mandel (verified owner)

    So glad this exists. The Naild QR axle was a real buzzkill on an otherwise solid bike (Marin Pine Mountain 2). This looks to be an “install and forget” solution, which is what an axle should be.

  4. Gary Campbell (verified owner)

    Naild axle self destructed on a xquareone after about 10 rides, ordered on of these and had it arrive in just over a week (from states to NZ) super easy install and now my bike has an axle that I am not paranoid is going to self destruct out in the backblocks somewhere whilst on a mission!
    Does what an axle does without and over complication! Cheers guys!

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All orders from our website are via US Postal Service, from Oregon, U.S.A. We make every effort to ship your order within one business day.

Shipping rates and average delivery times are:

• United States: $7.50 USD, 3-4 business days

• Canada: $12.50 USD, 10-14 business days

• All other International: $12.50 USD, 12-16 business days

We are unable to offer expedited shipping. If you need expedited shipping of our products, please visit our Dealers & Distributors page for options. We cannot take responsibility for any delays during shipping, including delays in customs or incorrect shipping information.

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