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Old 09-04-10, 03:13 PM   #1
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Can I use skewers with horizontal dropouts on a SS?

I'm buying a Surly Cross Check frame for a single speed build. The issue I'm having is the wheels I will be using have hubs with a cassette freewheel that use tradition road skewers I will be buying a conversion kit for the cassette but the Cross Check has horizontal dropouts so I was curious if I will be able to use the road skewers. I'm concerned whether they will be strong enough to keep the wheel in place. If not, is there something I can buy that would convert it to an axle bolt?
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Traditional Campy or Shimano QRs should hold ok. I'd stay away from any extra lightweight or fancy aftermarket QR skewers that have become fashionable since vertical dropouts became standard.
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Traditional Campy or Shimano QRs should hold ok. I'd stay away from any extra lightweight or fancy aftermarket QR skewers that have become fashionable since vertical dropouts became standard.
Thanks, is there way for me to convert the skewer hub to an axle if I wanted to go this route?
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You want old school steel internal cam quick release levers and steel nuts to permit sufficient tightness to prevent the wheel from slipping in the dropout under load. The modern external cam levers are designed for vertical dorpouts which do not require the QR to be very tight, and the aluminum nuts can strip out (it's happened to me) if the lever is overtightened.
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I think you could change it to a solid axle if you wanted to. Harris has quite a few options listed: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/axles.html
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Thanks, is there way for me to convert the skewer hub to an axle if I wanted to go this route?
Absolutely. As long as you are comfortable with a few wrenches.
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I am wondering about going the other way, swapping a solid rear axle for a QR (shimano XT skewer). Worst case, I put the solid one back in. Unless it's just a bad idea for a fixie. I have a rear brake but I do backpedal a fair bit.
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