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Old 05-08-12, 11:52 AM
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Locking skewer, or convert to bolt on?

This question is about the holding power of a locking skewer to that of a bolt on solid axel. I'm riding SS and the torque is proving too great for my Deore hub's stock QR (wheel is pulled out of alignment every ride) . Is the Locking Skewer strong enough to hold my wheel in place, or should I change the axel completely? No tensioners please
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for singlespeed, i would go with a bolt on.

also, i would only post the question once.
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I cannot control my computer, apparently it wants my questions to be heard

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I would try a tensioner (of the Surly Tugnut variety). If you are still opposed to it, try a locking skewer of the Allen Keyes variety. They're cheap and will probably work. Don't use the proprietary, Pinheads style. That won't work. As a last resort, swap the axle. It will definitely work but is the most costly solution.
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Old 05-08-12, 08:19 PM
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I have a bike with horizontal dropouts and a skewer holds the wheel fine. Are you tightening it correctly? Is the skewer an internal or external cam - check http://sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html
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It's a temp fix with the external cam quick release, same with the locking skewer.

Either convert the hub to bolt on or use a tensioner and locking skewer for the time being, and save up for a proper bolt on SS wheel.
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Thanks for the replies guys.

sk0tt, it's an internal cam tightened as hard as you would want it to go.

When I say it gets pulled out of alignment, I should say that it is getting pulled just enough to where the disc starts rubbing (too much) and I lose chain tension.

I've heard that Deore hubs are easy to convert and this is only 9.99. If I can use the existing axel's cones it should be the simplest (least moving parts) solution, but I'll avoid doing that if a hex skewer will give me enough strength.

Another question is about the axel dimensions, what is the 1 referring to in 10x1x174?
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1mm thread pitch. Just don't get imperial bolts and you'll be fine.
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