colehatch wrote:Its a Specialized...would that be considered a "thru axle"? I'm open to suggestions.
There are three common hub options.
Standard quick release, 15mm and 20mm thru axles.
You likely have a standard quick release or a 15mm thru axle. 20mm thru is usually reserved for "Longer" travel all mountain, freeride, or Downhill bikes.
You have options, you can either get a different tray that doesn't require removal of the front tire, or if you have a different axle there are adapters that clamp to your current rack and allow your different axle to work, which also raise the front of the bike and will eliminate the brake interference. If you have a standard quick release and your previous rack/bike combo was standard quick release you may be able to clear the brake by turning your handle bars all the way around when mounting to the rack, I had to do that with one of my bikes, but it put the brakes out front and out of harms way when mounting to the rack.