T his all started for me after picking up a new 2018 Salsa Fargo 29er. On Salsa’s website, they list the frame as being compatible with 135mm QR, 142x12 thru-axle and 148x12 thru-axle. The standard 29er Fargo build comes with a rear quick-release wheel, so the bike shop and I assumed it was 135mm. Wrong. I got home and the bike frame was too wide to fit on the standard 135mm QR fittings of the KICKR. After taking some measurements, hitting the interwebs, and talking directly to Salsa, I figured out I had a "new and improved!" 141mm Boost QR. Yup, it’s a thing.
From what I can gather, this new 141mm QR standard is set to replace the "old" 135mm QR, and they are sort of calling it the Boost version of quick-release hubs. Thru-axles recently went through this with the jump from 142x12 to 148x12 Boost (6mm increase, see the similarity?) in the rear hub. According to Salsa, they moved to this hub spacing for the Fargo to increase compatibility and stability for 27.5+, 29 and 29+ wheelsizes. That doesn’t make a whole ton of sense to me, because they could just as easily fit the Fargo with a 142x12 thru-axle (or even 148x12) just by using different Alternator plates that they already offer. It probably came down to money. A QR hub is cheaper than a thru-axle.
The 2017 KICKR comes stock with fittings for 130 / 135mm QR, 142x12 and 148x12 thru-axles. The 142mm hub spacing would be close enough for me for the 141mm… but those fittings have a huge hole in them for a 12mm thru-axle, not a tiny 5mm quick-release rod. The magical key to this is Wahoo’s older 142x12 Thru Axle Adapter. This kit makes me happy and sad. On the one hand, it’s currently the only way to rig a 141mm QR onto the KICKR; on the other hand, you only need two of the 6+ pieces that comes with the kit, and some washers of your own. The kit is around $30. Not bad I guess, if you consider the alternative is custom machining a fitting, changing wheel hubs, or using a different bike.
I used two pieces from Wahoo’s adapter kit. One is the special QR threaded cap/nut, the other is the 142x12 smooth black insert that fits directly into the KICKER. A normal QR threaded cap just has a flat knurled side that crushes against the bike’s frame, with the bike frame's weight being supported by the hub’s end cap that the QR axle slides through. The QR axle never touches the bike frame. Wahoo’s adapter piece takes that hub end cap protrusion and integrates it as part of the nut itself. This is hard to explain, so check out the photos.
That’s it! It’s really not as hard as it seems. Hit your local hardware store and find two $0.05 washers and the Wahoo adapter kit and it takes under 5 minutes to get up and running. I did all the hard work for you! You want to make sure that you aren’t pinching the bike’s frame together or spreading it apart, and that the frame is securely clamped before riding. I found I could have used the stock 130/135mm QR fitting in the KICKR along with the new axle nut, but I could not get the frame to clamp down because the nut was bottoming out against the QR fitting in the KICKR. You could if you started modifying some of the pieces (e.g., filing).
Do you know how I can fit a 141 mm qr bike with a saris h3 trainer?
I’m sorry, I don’t. I don’t have an H3. It will probably take some McGuiver-ing like I did here. Best of luck!
Hello, Is this still the best solution to this problem ?
Considering that that this problem has been around for a few years now that by now wahoo would have provided an adaptor.
I assume this is still the best solution. I have never seen anything different. And to be honest, I’ve never seen another bike with that size axle spacing, so I’m guessing it’s pretty rare.
I was unable to obtain the 142×12 kit as it was out of stock, but I did manage to get it “working” with a washer and 2 presta valve nuts. I use the 135 setup then add the washer to prevent the frame from moving over the end of the 135 adapter, then add the two valve nuts for the frame to rest on. I did have to borrow a longer QR axle from another bike, but for now the bike seems secure, and I can ride my Fargo on the Kickr. Thanks for the great write up.
Excellent! Glad to be of help.
Hi Paul, any chance you could post some pictures of this setup please? I’ve the same issue and I’m unable to get the 142×12 kit.
Thanks for posting this solution! My fixed gear bike is now mising 2 valve nuts but my Trek Rosco with a boost 141 is now sitting on my kickr core and works great on it. Locking the bike on the trainer did mean I had to bend the frame about 5 -6 mm but that is not much. I found thw 142 kit and should be receiving it soon. When I get the 142 kit I will see if this fits better.
Glad I could help! Good luck!
Hi Sebastien, I have a Trek Roscoe 6 and planning on getting a Kickr core. If I can find a 12×142 adapter kit will it be enough? Or do I still need to bend the frame a little to fix it. Please share your views and also some pictures if possible. This will be of really great help. Thank you.
Can anyone in the group help me with this?
Do you have any experience with creating a setup that works on a gen 1 kickr for 135mm X 10mm thru axle?
I’m sorry, I don’t.
Just got my Kikr Core and hit a similar problem except I need an axle length of 146/147mm to mount my Cannondale tandem. The solution I came up with is simple but requires a second drive side A adaptor. Simply put the 2nd adaptor A inside the 142mm thru axle adaptor with a 2.5mm thick washer behind it. Hey presto!
11 speed or 12 speed… did you have to change the free body hub??
Hey Dean, that was 11 speed, and I did not have to change the freehub body.
It works great on my kickr core.
Thank you 👍🏼👍🏼
In worked good with a Kickr Core + Trek X-Caliber 9.
Thanks for the tip.
Really annoyed about this creepy industry “standard”. I own two Trek Xcalibers (7 and 8). Lets buy a A-grade brand, that does not fit on any bike trainer!
Good you found a solution for this particular trainer but probably one would need to test it on any other trainer. Not taking that risk…… to expensive. The industry sucks.
I have a Kickr 2020 and was going to use my Specialized Diverge 2016 SCS Disc brake on it. The bike has a 135 thru axle design and I see the Kickr only has 142 and 148 thru axle compatibility. What do you think of using a thru axle to QR adapter (MTBTools.com) and using the 135 QR axle with it (which I believe is compatible with the Kickr)?
it seems in the pics with this set up that everything centered up nicely. is that the case? after a couple years is it still working well?
Hey Chris, it worked very well while I had the bike–I don’t have that bike and trainer anymore. Centering wasn’t important though. You need to keep the drive side of the frame and cassette of the trainer in the same position they would be with a normal wheel in place. So you can’t shim that side at all or your shifting will be off. So you can only shim or mess with spacing on the non-drive side.