Stuck adjusting a Maxle Lite? The Rockshox Maxle has gone through a few iterations, with each one improving on the last. The new Maxel Lite is lighter and easier to use than previous iterations. Unlike the previous version though, getting the orientation of the lever in the closed position is a bit more complicated.
After changing wheels out on a bike, I found the Maxle lever now pointed straight ahead on Inga’s Pike. This is undesirable, so adjusting the angle of the lever under tension was needed. Rockshox has a video explaining how to do it, a procedure they refer to as “clocking” or “timing” the quick release lever.
Finding information on how to do it was a bit more of a challenge though. Fortunately there’s a tech video that covers the procedure.
It seemed simple enough. However, my lever wasn’t doing what his was in the video, and the process seemed a bit confusing. I echoed his movements in the video, and while I was able to engage the spring, I couldn’t adjust it as it slipped in my hand.
Eventually with a bit of trial and error I found a solution, with the aid of a 14mm cone wrench.
Like the video, you want to start with the Maxle QR in the open position.
- Set the cone wrench on the slots while pressing firmly with your palm against a hard surface to disengage the mechanism.
- Once disengaged, rotate the lever a few notches while holding the axle in place using the wrench slots.
- Reinstall and check settings.
I had to set it a few times until the desired end direction was reached, but after a bit of trial and error, ended up with the desired result.