When the use of pegs on ramps and street was on the rise in the late 80s and the early 90s, the issue with ⅜” axles bending and breaking became an epidemic. Even though companies used better materials, like chromoly axles, the issues continued. Kris Gack, Hoffman Bikes shop master had the solution. Kris first approached Mat at the 1993 Thrasherland BS Contest with this new hub/axle design that would solve the ⅜” axle issues.
After joining forces in late 1993, Kris Gack and Hoffman Bikes put these designs to the test. After months of testing and without issues, in 1994, Hoffman Bikes released the industry’s first 14mm Axle hubs called “Gack Hubs.” Hoffman Bikes Gack Hubs became the biggest thing since chromoly tubing. With ⅜” axles still the industry standard, Hoffman Bikes took the lead and started designing and producing frames, forks, pegs and chain tensioners that would accept the 14mm Axles.
It did not take long for other brands to follow and start offering products to accept the new 14mm Axle. Now it’s the industry standard.
Photos provided by: Kris Gack, Adam Dawson, Alexi