Syntace X-FIX Tool Released

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Syntace X-FIX
Compact, smart and always there.

The Syntace X-FIX key (int. pat. pend) is the perfect addition to the Syntace X-12 through-axle system. It doesn’t matter where and when you need it, the Syntace X-FIX key is always there. Whether you are assembling or removing an X-12 rear wheel quicker than with conventional “quick” releases, fine adjusting the seat or stem angle, moving controls or adjusting the brake caliper. And what a bonus: No additional weight when compared to standard QR’s which are attached to the axle.

Under 25g, but containing 3 tools
The robust construction and mobility of the Syntace X-FIX make it

  1. a through axle QR lever with a huge 25Nm torque force.
  2. a 5mm allen key the most common size required on a bicycle, from stem through to rear swing arm pivot bolts.
  3. a 4mm allen key* with 5Nm torque force for more fragile cockpit bolts such as found on shift and brake levers.

On X-15 and X-20 front through axles: for additional 0 grams a QR lever for the front wheel.

Always there
In comparison to loosely carried allen keys or mini tools the Syntace X-FIX is a truly loyal companion. Thanks to the barely visible but highly secure snap fit locking mechanism securing it to the Syntace X-12 axle the Syntace X-FIX tool is always there on the bike waiting to be used – even if you are riding with a different backpack or decide to go for a ride without your pants for a change.

Tough
The impact resistant X-FIX grip is made of the same material of which quality workshop screwdriver grips are made. The ingenious mounting position not only means the X-FIX does not protrude significantly from the axle
making it vulnerable, but the super slim compact and indestructible profile additionally protects the left drop out and brake caliper.

Tuned all X-12 bikes
Upgrades all X-12 equipped bikes by a simple exchange of the enclosed snap fit equipped conical shim. Suitable for retrofitting on all original Syntace X-12 through axle systems. Regardless of whether equipped with a conventional through axle QR** or keyless such as the Liteville, CUBE, Cannondale, Stevens, Lapierre, Canyon, Norco, Mountain Cycle and many more, as well as the licensed version from Specialized**.

Snap in and ready to go…
No time consuming re-adjusting of the lever position after reaching the full rear wheel torque, also no more trouble with wear grinding off the interlocking teeth such as so often found on previous, fine teethed QR levers.

Note: The X-FIX is inserted into the axle, and then clips onto an adapter end piece, which comes with the kit. The end piece slides onto the axle, and extends a slight distance out from the dropouts for the X-FIT to clip onto. The short end of the tool is the 5mm hex key axle tightener, while the long end is the 4mm size for other components.

X-FIX Specs:

  • Weight: 28.1 g (Key: 24.8g and shim weight: 3.3g)
  • Key length: 94 mm
  • Key sizes: 5 mm and 4 mm hex key, 5 mm hex key & Torx 25 optionaly
  • Dimensions: 94 x 42 x 18 mm
  • Material: Chrom tooling steel, Delrin
  • Color: black / silver
  • Price: approx $24 (incl. snap fit shim)

* Also available as an TX-25 variant
** With an original Syntace X-12 axle

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Dustan says:

    This needs a 2.5mm allen key that slots into the head. Then it could remove a broken Syntace hanger bolt as well.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      The new shear bolt on the system uses a 5mm key?

      The X-12 hanger doesn’t snap, the hollow alloy fixing bolt holding the hanger in position shears off.

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