We gave you a preview of the new Mutant Bikes Owl hubs during Interbike in September. These unique hubs work on a sliding female axle which not only look really clean and work really well, it simplifies things and even creates a stronger female axle. In the video above, Nuno gives you a look at how quick you can install two hub guards and 2 pegs on the cassette hub and it also gives you a look at how the sliding axle system allows you to tighten both sides down by simply tightening one side due to the sliding axle. I believe these hubs will be hitting shops in early 2013 so start saving now!
“We designed and developed the Fe-Male system to maintain the look of a female hub with the possibility to use pegs without bending axles or breaking bolts.
With the Fe-Male axle, you can use 14mm pegs, but if you don’t use pegs, you just need to put the spacer washers.
To tighten the hub is very simple, just adjust the wheel by hand on both sides, make sure the axle is minimally centered and then give the final tightening with a tool in just one side, it will be properly tightened because the axle slides from one side to the other.
The advantages of the Fe-Male axle are:
Easy to tight
One single axle for a male or female hub