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    Need New Skewers... And Suggestions

    My front skewer (qr) is bent and causes my rotor to scrape the pads... Result is my wheel, when spun, to go a maximum of 3 rotations. Such a Dagger, but it'll give me an excuse to get new skewers. Anyone have any good suggestions? I'm looking for something sturdy, not too pricey and hopefully with decent color selections. I don't want to spend a bunch of money, but i also don't want to have to buy a new set in a year (or less).

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    Pricey, but it's the HIGHEST QUALITY QR skewer made. Consider it the last front skewer you'll ever buy:

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    I'd like to avoid spending ~$60 for a set, but I'd like to get a set of them. Does seem to have great reviews though.

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    is there really a difference in performance in skewers? Not trying to be a smartass, serious question.

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    Any Shimano skewer. Pick the color you like

    I don't see how a bent skewer will affect the alignment of the disc, provided the 9mm. axle is properly seated into the dropout. The skewer clamps the hub onto the inside faces of the dropout. The disc is attached to the hub.
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    I love Shimano Skewers.

    Also KCNC Ti or SS skewers are great as well. VERY lightweight (even the SS) and hold the wheel great. They do require a bit more hand force to close than some people are accustomed to, especially if you are used to a closed cam skewer like Shimano.

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    The Mavic QR's are fantastic, pretty light but they also hold the wheels like crazy.

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    Guess I could clarify... The nut portion of the skewer doesn't go on straight (I think it got cross threaded) and the other end of the skewer is uneven where it rests against the dropouts... SO when it tightens the wheel to the fork it cocks the skewer (and the wheel) in the setting. The causes the rotor to tighten into the brake at an odd angle and constantly rub. Sucks. Figured I'd take the opportunity to get new matching skewers... Something a little nicer? Will check out Shimanos for sure.

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    Shimano.

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    Another vote for Shimano

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Any Shimano skewer. Pick the color you like

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    Can only seem to find black or silver in any of the Shimano skewers. Am I missing something?

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    Nope, those are the colors. Enjoy them, they really are strong and reasonably priced.
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    Any specific shimano recs? I don't want to buy the cheapest ones, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patineto View Post
    The Mavic QR's are fantastic, pretty light but they also hold the wheels like crazy.
    I'll second the Mavic skewers. They are the only skewer I've used the last 7 years. I have them for every wheel set I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Any specific shimano recs? I don't want to buy the cheapest ones, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
    Third or fourth the recommendation for shimano. I don't recall much difference if any between most models. I know the XTR sometimes have the XTR cut out on the handle or a fancy X machined into them. The nut on the end of XTR is all metal (aluminum), I think XT might be steel insert in aluminum or plastic. The cheaper ones definitely use metal insert in plastic.
    But the internal cam design is stronger than most of the aftermarket external ones.
    If you want colors, Salsa skewers are nice.

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    Hope or Shimano XT are the best I've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Any Shimano skewer. Pick the color you like

    I don't see how a bent skewer will affect the alignment of the disc, provided the 9mm. axle is properly seated into the dropout. The skewer clamps the hub onto the inside faces of the dropout. The disc is attached to the hub.
    agree on both points: Shimano is the only company making skewers that aren't garbage, and I don't see how a bent skewer could cause your brake to rub other than not being able to actually clamp the wheel.

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    Re: Need New Skewers... And Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Guess I could clarify... The nut portion of the skewer doesn't go on straight (I think it got cross threaded) and the other end of the skewer is uneven where it rests against the dropouts... SO when it tightens the wheel to the fork it cocks the skewer (and the wheel) in the setting. The causes the rotor to tighten into the brake at an odd angle and constantly rub. Sucks. .
    It's not a bent skewer, it's the nut.

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    Shimano. The only brand skewer I'd trust for MTB QR dropouts, especially with suspension and disc brakes considered. Others I'd trust on a per model basis, rather than a brand basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    agree on both points: Shimano is the only company making skewers that aren't garbage, and I don't see how a bent skewer could cause your brake to rub other than not being able to actually clamp the wheel.
    Really? Shimano is the only company not making garbage for skewers ?
    Pretty braid statement. Possibly ignorant as well.
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    Another vote for Shimano.
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    I've only only used XT skewers and have never had a slipping issue.

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    Shimano is great if you don't want to spend the money on the DT Swiss RWS, but the DT Swiss are truly the best.
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    Shimano if using standard QR's, or the DT Swiss RWS.

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    I like salsa. They come in pretty colors, and you can match your seatpost qr.
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