Using the Wahoo KICKR with a 141mm QR Bike

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141mm QR. A new "standard"… just what the bike industry needed! Can you get a bike with this new axle width to work on a Wahoo KICKR trainer?

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.


What is 141mm Boost QR?

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 Salsa Fargo 141mm QR mounted on a 2017 KICKR


How to fit it to a KICKR

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.

Leave the driveside of the KICKR stock, with the silver QR fitting inserted.

Leave the driveside of the KICKR stock. All you need to do is flip the QR skewer so the cam lever is on the driveside.

  1. Leave the driveside of the KICKR alone with the stock silver QR insert (at least for the 2017 / KICKR3 version). We don’t need to adjust the spacing between the cassette and the frame.
  2. Remove the stock non-driveside fittings from your KICKR and fit the 142x12 adapter piece that came with the adapter kit. Face the lettering out.
  3. Find a stack of washers that have an inside diameter of 10mm (outside diameter is not important) and a total thickness of . The goal is to fit the washers over the QR axle sleeve (which itself measures 9.85mm). The washers I found in my workshop had an inside diameter of 10.6mm and an outside diameter of 20.6mm. These were nothing special and were leftover from household projects; easily found at ACE or Home Depot. The real key is the thickness. I found a slightly thicker and slightly thinner washer pair that together measures 3.27mm. The purpose of these washers is to create that 141mm flange-to-flange hub width. Without these washers, the hub spacing of the KICKR (with the 12x142mm adapter fitting) is 138.68mm. With these washers, we get 141.90mm, which is darn near perfect in my book. Any less and the QR adapter nut bottoms out against the 143x12 adapter fitting and does not allow the frame to be securely pinched. Any more spacing and the bike frame dropouts would have to widen a bit. Widening a touch probably isn’t a big deal, but Salsa did warn me that any movement of the width of the dropouts could lead to long-term weld failure of the frame due to stress.

The washers loosely fitted onto the new axle adapter nut from the kit.

  1. Flip the stock QR axle so that the cam lever is on the driveside. You need to do this because we are now fitting that special adapter nut onto the QR axle, and we can’t do that on the driveside.
  2. Remove the stock end cap/nut from the stock KICKR QR axle, replace it with this new one, and you suddenly have a longer QR support. Note that you don’t need to use the super long QR axle that comes with the Wahoo 142x12 adapter kit.

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).

Complete! The 2017 KICKR retrofitted for 141x5mm QR


  1. Jack says:

    Do you know how I can fit a 141 mm qr bike with a saris h3 trainer?

    • Spoke Twist says:

      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!

    • Gareth says:

      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.

      • Spoke Twist says:

        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.

  2. Paul says:

    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.

    • Spoke Twist says:

      Excellent! Glad to be of help.

    • John says:

      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.

      Kind regards

    • Sebastien says:

      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.

      • Spoke Twist says:

        Glad I could help! Good luck!

      • Pramod says:

        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.

  3. Bryan Larsen says:

    Do you have any experience with creating a setup that works on a gen 1 kickr for 135mm X 10mm thru axle?

  4. Brett Sachs says:

    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!

  5. dean sprague says:

    11 speed or 12 speed… did you have to change the free body hub??

  6. Frank Zuijdevelt says:

    It works great on my kickr core.

    Thank you 👍🏼👍🏼

  7. Toni P says:

    In worked good with a Kickr Core + Trek X-Caliber 9.
    Thanks for the tip.

    • Ricardo says:

      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.

  8. Mike says:

    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 ( and using the 135 QR axle with it (which I believe is compatible with the Kickr)?

  9. Chris Florio says:

    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?

    • Spoke Twist says:

      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.

  10. Peter says:

    Thanks for posting this article!! It helped me and my local store in Sweden get my Trek XCaliber9 with 141mm QR to work with the Kickr core. They happened to have an old 142×12 axle in stock. Many thanks again!!

  11. Erik says:

    Hi guys,

    have a look here for the ultimate solution. This guy has put online CAD-data for custom non-drive-side adapter fitting QR141mm:


  12. Dennis says:

    Hi, there. Is this the same or similar adapter that you used for this solution?

  13. Dennis says:

    Does anyone know if the following item might be a replacement for the parts that were used from Wahoo’s older 142×12 Thru Axle Adapter?


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