Axl Base Quick Fix

While skiing the other day I kept popping into tour mode on the down. Upon further inspection, a chunk of the plastic base right above the ski/tour lever busted out. I tried a few different field repairs but nothing seemed to work. So after a call to 22Designs, I put it on the bench.

Broken base on the right.

Broken base on the right.

When the lever gets flipped up like this, it slides in and out with ease. Fine for touring but not so good for turns.

When the lever gets flipped up like this, it slides in and out with ease. Fine for touring but not so good for turns.

I decided to drill a small hole through the front of the plate to allow room for wire or a zip tie to keep the lever tight in the forward (ski) position.

I decided to drill a small hole through the front of the plate to allow room for wire or a zip tie to keep the lever tight in the forward (ski) position.

Front view of drilled hole.

Front view of drilled hole.

I went with wire so I can easily wind or unwind it when needed. Tour mode is pictured. I ended up running the end closest to the toe plate through the leash hole to keep it out of the way while touring. The ends are also curled to prevent and unwanted escape.

I went with wire so I can easily wind or unwind it when needed. Tour mode is pictured. I ended up running the end closest to the toe plate through the leash hole to keep it out of the way while touring. The ends are curled to prevent an unwanted escape.

 

 

Tighten and twist to ski.

Tighten and twist to ski.

Tested the rig out today and it works great! It’ll at least get me by until the new plate arrives. I’m sure this is a uncommon failure but I think I’ll pre-drill holes for both plates in case it happens again.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Axl Base Quick Fix

  1. Great fix. I had the same thing happen to me last year, but luckily 22designs got me the new piece before I was able to get back out there. Definitely going to stash some wire in the pack!

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