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Old 12-22-10, 03:43 AM   #1
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what skewer to get?

I want to change skewers because my current ones tends to loosen up, they are exposed cam. I would like to stick with exposed cam due to the weight savings. Please suggest a skewer for me. I was looking at Salsa but I read they loosen up overtime as well. Another one I have been looking at are Hope skewers, are they only for mtbs?

I hope to find an exposed cam that will work or else I will get enclosed and deal with the weight... ahha
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Old 12-22-10, 03:56 AM   #2
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I have Token ones, which are quite lightweight.
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Old 12-22-10, 04:18 AM   #3
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Shimano. Cheap, functional and very reliable.
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Old 12-22-10, 04:30 AM   #4
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I have KCNC titanium skewers, they are very light, great looking and good value. They've never loosened in 1200 miles of use.
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Old 12-22-10, 06:01 AM   #5
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Shimano. Cheap, functional and very reliable.
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Old 12-22-10, 07:10 AM   #6
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s4one, Any skewer can wear out, the camming action goes away as the lobe becomes rounded from repeated usage, primarily on the front. Buy whatever you wish, but internal QRs have a reputation for lasting longer.

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Old 12-23-10, 04:05 AM   #7
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Thanks, I will see what the lbs has, if anything.. I'll go with shimano ones.
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I have Token ones, which are quite lightweight.
What do you think of the quality of your Token skewers?
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I'll throw a vote in for KCNC, if you have any predilection toward weight weenieism. Very lightweight, but rather small and dainty. Working well for me so far.
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I'll throw a vote in for KCNC, if you have any predilection toward weight weenieism. Very lightweight, but rather small and dainty. Working well for me so far.
x2. I use these on my race wheels. They are great skewers, not to mention cheap, and light.
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Old 03-20-11, 09:09 AM   #11
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I have KCNC titanium skewers, they are very light, great looking and good value. They've never loosened in 1200 miles of use.
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Old 03-20-11, 10:18 AM   #12
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If you are interested in something new and different (and I think better), take a look at the DT Swiss RWS system . . .

There is no traditional cam-based quick release mechanism that Campagnolo invented back in 1927. It works just like a regular tightening bolt (like a wing nut) with a lever attached to it. Then after you tighten it, you simply raise the lever by pulling it out against spring-loaded tension and position it the way you like against the fork or seatstay. The ratchet mechanism keeps it in place.

RWS is easier and quicker to use than a quick release, no need to worry about cams wearing out, or the acorn nut (the nut on other side) failing, and I imagine the lack of cam makes for potential weight-saving design.
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Anyone have experience with the lightweight no name branded skewers off of ebay. These caught my eye but don't know if there any good.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultralight-titan...item3a63dc8a23
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Thanks, I will see what the lbs has, if anything.. I'll go with shimano ones.
I use the shimano skewers, but they are closed cam.
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Anyone have experience with the lightweight no name branded skewers off of ebay. These caught my eye but don't know if there any good.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultralight-titan...item3a63dc8a23
Those are the KCNC skewers everyone is talking about. And at that price, they are half the price those skewers typically go for. Better buy them before I do
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Shimano. Cheap, functional and very reliable.
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Those are the KCNC skewers everyone is talking about. And at that price, they are half the price those skewers typically go for. Better buy them before I do
I think there a 3rd party, all the kcnc skewers i've seen say kcnc on the handle. These are blank. The seller lists kcnc in the title but it also says extralite which i believe is also another brand of lightweight skewers. The price is unbeatable which is why i'm interested in them but if there crap quality then i'll look elsewhere.

EDIT: Reading the description the seller says they are not KCNC. Just says there ultralight skewers, great for weight weenies.
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Old 03-20-11, 11:44 AM   #18
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Old 03-20-11, 02:34 PM   #19
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Campagnolo Nuovo Record. I've been using the same set on different bikes since 1984. They are a little heavier, but appear to be quite durable. I'll let you know about long term reliability when I get them broken in.
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Another KCNC nod. I have them on my tandem.

Cycling Technology has them for $62.
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Yet another vote for KCNC if you want light. Shop around, you should be able to get a pair for about 60-65 bucks. Watch out for cheap Ebay knock-offs.

If you don't care about weight just get the cheap ones at the LBS (I have a set of Forte's from Performance, they work fine).
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