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    Front wheel won't stay tight

    Anyone have trouble with their front wheel not staying tight?

    I thought maybe the skewer was bad, so I bought another one. That did not fix the problem. I even cranked the QR down way tighter than it should be. Still, no luck.

    I noticed this started happening after I installed disc brakes (Avid Elixirs, 160mm). It seems the wheel starts to come loose after heavy braking, especially through rocky sections.

    Any thoughts?

    TIA

    Andy
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    Ok, I feel your pain. Had the same problem and here was my fix. One of the drop outs was not quite right. I used a Dremel and fixed it up as well as replaced the stock QR (junk) with a Shimano QR..haven't had it come loose since. The best weay I can describe it was that the depression in the dropout that the QR seats in was not big enough so the QR was 1/2 in the depression and 1/2 out making it sit uneven.
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    I would take it to a shop for a dropout alignment.

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=40

    P.S. a shop won't dremel droputs, but you can. Of course, you will have sue yourself if your wheel drops out.

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    The drop outs were not out of alignment on mine, it was sloppy stamping of the depression that the QR nut sits in. You are not dremeling the slot that the axle sits in.
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    I have been a bit tied up with work.

    Just from eyeballing it, the 'neck' of the dropout looks a bit off. Again, I would have to have that Park tool to truly call it out of alignment though.

    In addition, I can see where the dropout may have been stamped slightly off for the QR to catch on the end. I'll see if I can dremel the edge a bit to ensure a proper surface to tighten on.

    Thanks guys, this is very helpful stuff. I'll report back in a day or two.
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