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Slightly Bent QR Skewer

Old 02-09-15, 03:28 PM
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Slightly Bent QR Skewer

How concerned should I be over a slightly bent rear QR skewer? I noticed the one on my road bike is bent after a tire change this weekend. There was some wobble when tightening things up, but it's not severe enough that I couldn't easily pull it through the axle. The bend appears to be more towards the center of the skewer and not by the threaded end.
I figured this was somewhat common, and I could just pick up another one during my next visit to the LBS.

I looked into this a little more on Google, and was surprised to find many posts claiming it is rare/difficult to bend QR skewers. Most posts pointed towards a broken axle, and mine does not appear to be broken. I haven't noticed any shifting issues and even the rotors are still centered with the brake calipers. Is it worth taking it in to be looked over, or should I try another QR skewer and see if that one bends too? I'm pretty sure I have one lying around somewhere...

The bike did fall on it's drive side a while back, bending the hanger enough to push the derailleur into the spokes. Admittedly, I bent the hanger back by hand (it was a roadside "fix") and I'm wondering if the fall or "fix" could have caused this? I don't think I bent the frame or dropouts at all, but I read a few posts stating that could cause axle/skewer issues too.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 02-09-15, 04:06 PM
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Its the tension that tightens it on both ends bent a Bit likely wont Matter at all ..

yea bending the dropout that rightward side dam,age, can do it .. take the bike to a shop and use the shop alignment tool ..

Your klick shifter STI, etc, will need the RD to be straight and so the Hanger needs to be Right.
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Thanks for the reply. Are you referring to the shop straightening the dropout or the hanger with the alignment tool?
My frame is aluminum, and it sounds like I"m screwed if the dropouts are bent.

I have already replaced the hanger since it has been bent a few times and I wasn't sure it was going to take much more.
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I think he is suggesting the hanger area be checked by an experienced eye to be sure it is just the replaceable hanger that is out of kilter.
These are made of soft aluminum, which as you allude, can crack easily if bent back more than 1-2x, especially if bent enough to put the
RD into the spokes. The frame is made of tougher heat treated alloy aluminum, and can be bent through a small angle if necessary but
as you say the risk is higher and the forces MUCH higher. The skewer can be carefully straightened with a vise, being steel it should be
easy to fix.
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I'd be for checking your hub more closely. It takes quite a bit to bend a QR spindle. I've never seen one bent that didn't involve a broken axle.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I'd be for checking your hub more closely. It takes quite a bit to bend a QR spindle. I've never seen one bent that didn't involve a broken axle.
I've done it without breaking an axle. I had a wheel off the bike and the nut end of the skewer sitting in a hole in a workbench to hold it in place while I wrestled a particularly tough tire bead. The end result was a tweaked skewer from me leaning on the rim. I just swapped out the skewer for a spare and kept on rolling.
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