Are all QR skewers created equal..?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Hawk, 31 Jul 2012.

  1. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    Bearsden, Glasgow
    In need of a QR skewer and some of the results I'm finding online are very cheap (£3-4), but all the reviews are for people who have used them for their turbo trainers.

    Are all QR skewers strong enough to take on the road or are some only meant for turbo trainers?
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    No, they definitely are not!

    I know two people who used lightweight Ti skewers and couldn't get them tight enough to stop their rear wheels slipping. I have had a wheel with a Mavic skewer slip once, but it hasn't done it again since I made an effort to do it up tighter.

    Generally, I prefer to stick to standard Shimano or Campagnolo QR skewers because they are chunky and reliable. A few grams of extra weight at the centre of your wheel is neither here nor there.
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  3. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Chandler's Ford
    The Planet-X Cro-Mo ones here have worked fine for me in the Hope Hubs on my Audax bike.
  4. Mr Haematocrit

    Mr Haematocrit msg me on kik for android

    Out of the saddle
    Zipp titanium skewers on Zipp wheels work fine for me
  5. OP

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    Bearsden, Glasgow
    Thanks for that

    I managed to find these on Amazon which are allegedly genuine shimano (a bargain then!). I would guess they should be up to the job!

    All the best
  6. lukesdad

    lukesdad Guest

    Well if the Ti owners had made the same effort theirs would not have slipped either :thumbsup:
  7. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I can assure you that the couple in one of those examples did get rather fed up of stopping every 5 minutes to straighten the rear wheel and made strenuous attempts to tighten the skewer enough and failed. I'm talking about extremely experienced cyclists, not beginners. One of them was an audax super randonneur.

    Actually, I've just checked... that example was a pair of cheap Decathlon skewers. The other was expensive Ti.
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    For horizontal drop-outs I'd use Shimano or other steel ones.
    For vertical drop-outs, anything will work as the wheel can't slip.
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  9. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    If grip is important - i.e horizontal rear dropouts or disc brake front, you should only use Shimano QRs (or others of the same internal cam design, such as Campag).
    Everything else is only good for vertical dropouts.
  10. User482

    User482 Guest

    Not quite. Many MTBers report problems with QRs coming loose on bikes fitted with suspension forks and disc brakes. Manufacturers now routinely spec through axles, which solves the problem.
  11. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Well, the OP was asking about road stuff...
  12. User482

    User482 Guest

    Yes, but you implied that any QR is ok in any vertical droput. I thought it would be useful to provide a qualification, should anyone else read this thread.
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Fairy nuff. I know little about the muddy side of things...
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