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    What is the CAAD9 of wheel skewers?

    My bike has developed a mysterious and disturbing creak-creaking noise when I stand and rock it and I am suspecting the skewers.

    Not looking to drop $$$ or save weight, I just want good quality.

    So who's skewers get the 33 stamp of approval?

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    When that has occurred all I do is remove the wheel, clean the dropouts and put just a small dab of light grease on both sides of the dropout. If that's what causing the noise it is then gone...
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    Are you sure it's the skewers? I had a creak that I thought was coming from the skewer or the headset, but turned out to be the bearings in my front hub.
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    Dura-ace skewers are the best for really clamping down. But first make sure its really the skewer.

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    I like the old style internal cam designs. Not as light as the stuff you see these days but stronger clamp force and IMO more durable... plus I can stick em in the trainer without worry about messing them up.
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    I don't know, but when you find out, lemme know, I'm looking for new skewers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    I like the old style internal cam designs. Not as light as the stuff you see these days but stronger clamp force and IMO more durable... plus I can stick em in the trainer without worry about messing them up.
    Yes. Ultegra and Centaur skewers FTW.
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    What about DT Swiss skewers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3kmi View Post
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    while they look great and cost/weight is solid, they suck if you take wheels on and off alot. plus, they aint going to work with a trainer. later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo_Tut View Post
    What about DT Swiss skewers?
    From what I've seen of them on MTB a PITA. Dunno about the road ones, but tricky to get the tension high if you've got wet/cold/dirty hands. Hands can slip off them while you're cranking them on and that isn't good.

    They do have benefits for MTBS but IMO not for road. Cam style just does the job better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    I like the old style internal cam designs. Not as light as the stuff you see these days but stronger clamp force and IMO more durable... plus I can stick em in the trainer without worry about messing them up.
    1+ Pretty much anything that features an internal cam will clamp more consistantly than external cam quick-releases. On the flip side, internal cam quick-releases are heavier. I run internal cam on training wheels and external cam on my race wheels. I've found Shimano to be the most reliable.

    internal cam:


    external cam:
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    Try tightening your headset, that's usually the problem when I get squeaking while rocking the bike.

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    how come nobody has said cranks yet, make sure its tight.

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    Sram.

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    I've been using SRAM OEM branded skewers. They are made by one of the guys overseas but they just work really well. Tying to source the same design form a few import companies to essentially get them cheaper, but all of the big houses carry the SRAM branded ones and they work really well.

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    I had a similar noise that ended up being the downtube barrel adjusters, just needed some lube

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Yes. Ultegra and Centaur skewers FTW.
    +1

    I don't know much about Campy skewers (although if it says "Campagnolo", it must be good, right?), but the Shimano skewers all use internal cams, which are much more reliable. Having put up with other (sometimes lighter) options before, they just don't work as well. Stick with the tried and true.
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    hope stuff is cool, including their skewers. kind of like the chris king of england.

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    Fwiw I had creaking lately after installing a new chain, cassette, and wheels. Turns out it was the (sram) skewer that was creaking! So annoying..

    I plopped an old Shimano in there and it's silent now.

    Btw, do people really weigh skewers? lol.
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    Creaking?

    Check your bars now.

    Then your headset and wheel bearings.

    Then lube the cable housing ferrels where they enter the frame.

    Then look at skewers.
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