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    Front skewer, DT Swiss junk.

    I have the Specialized STOUT front hub that utilizes the thick aluminum DT Swiss ratchet skewer. I absolutely hate this skewer and would like to know if anybody has converted the hub for use with normal QR skewers.
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    What don't you like about it? The RWS is an awesome skewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    What don't you like about it? The RWS is an awesome skewer.
    I remove and replace my front wheel a lot for transportation purposes and it seems that this design causes excess grinding on my fork dropouts, not to mention how it takes forever to remove and install the wheel. I do like the 9mm thickness throughout, but the plastic ratchet handle just seems flimsy.
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    Grinding the dropouts? There's a bushing there for that. The knurled nut that actually engages the dropout is distinct from the lever.

    As far as the plastic handle goes, I have not seen flex in mine, so while in theory a composite can be flimsy, these are not.

    "Seems" is certainly not a good reason to get rid of a product, especially one highly acclaimed. I use one myself.

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    DTS makes good products - I doubt much of their stuff is "flimsy," and if it is, they will fix it for you.

    Now as for the pain in the ass part, I cannot say because I (unfortunately) don't have these yet for my HT....but if you don't want it, send it my way!

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    I actually like this skewer, I dig the design and find the resin/composite handle to be comfortable.

    And although I was warned at my shop that sometimes, these have been known to loosen a bit and you've got to re-tighten - i've not experienced that yet at all.

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    I have no complaints about the function, just how long it takes to actually use the thing. I'm going to look into building a truck bed system that'll allow me to keep the wheel on when I transport the bike.
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    I take my wheel off to transport and don't find it to take too much extra time. It only takes me about 3/4 of a turn to get it loose enough that I just turn the nut side to get it the rest of the way loose. Which is the same way I do the quick release on my other bike. The only pain is that it doesn't self-center itself for the quickest reinstall. But I don't find that to be too hard to do (bend over and tap it to be centered).

    Thule makes a system that goes into the truck bed and you don't have to take off the front wheel. One of my friends has a maxle on his fork and just uses tie down straps from the handle bars to the corners of the bed and it seems to be pretty stable.

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    The time it takes? It's probably faster and easier than a regular QR.

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    I think specialized made a house brand regualr QR version a while back, but good luck finding one. Not sure if they're the same diameter though, one may be 9mm and the other 10mm. I know alot of people who ride technical terrain hate em because they've broken them off and now have to use vice grips to get the thing off untill a replacement comes in.

    I believe for the rear hub, hadley and DT make a through axle that can replace it with bolt on style axle. somethign may be available for the front as well but I'm not sure. Beware that hadley also makes a 10mm Ti bolt on system that I think is different from their thrubolt system.

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