Useful info.What kind of 7spd freewheel system do you have, screw on or freehub?
You can swap the solid axle for a hollow axle of the correct length. You need to know the Over Locknut Dimention OLD ie rear dropout outside to outside distance. Your hollow axle must be a little shorter than this for the QR to clamp.
QR is handy on sports bikes but not so much on utility bikes that will be locked up in a public place . People can mess with QR and steal them easily.
True... if it's to not have to carry a bone spanner as well as a simpler multi-tool, then even other through-axles make a lot of sense, assuming tool has the right hex-key. I really liked the J-tek hub that came with a front wheel I got from SJScycles. Perhaps there's a similar one he could get for the back as well? It does seem perhaps a lot of expense for a £250 bike.OP gives no indication what their motivation might be to have a QR axle instead of a nutted axle, unless you read "big chunky" perjoratively.
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