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    Skewers (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly)

    I like a nice set to finish off my builds, and lately I've gotten partial to the Sveltes.






    What's in your stash?


    Let's see some pics.




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    Ringle or Shimano. No good pics of the Salsa's I run.







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    Salsas are my favorites, followed by Cook Bros. I have a pair of black ano'd Ringle cam-twists like the ones Rumpfy posted that are awaiting a bike to go on.
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    Given a choice, American Classic all the way (though I have Ringle and the OEM on several builds).
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    Cunningham Applied Tech with extra milling


    Cunningham Slo-Release


    Titanium/Mavic mod


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    Nice!

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    I scored a massive haul about a year ago that had some skewers in it. I run Salsa's on almost all my bikes with the exception of my older rigs which have a mix of Suntour, Shimano etc. Remember these?
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    The Tune skewers absolutely suck.
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    I find the Salsa's closed position is too far inboard at the end of the lever so I don't like using them, especially on bikes with disc brakes. My favourite are a JD Components Spring-lock skewer (Tranz-X is one of their brand). The latest versions with thinned down CrMo rods are a bit lighter than the ones I started using 18 years ago (95g for wheels vs 100g original weight). They have a nice positive CLICK noise when you open/close them properly. I must own a dozen sets of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    The Tune skewers absolutely suck.
    I have a set of the Tune's as well. On a road bike they work okay, but aren't great. More of the design effort went into making the light weight than went into making them function well. I'd avoid using them on a mountain bike since they don't have a stop from preventing the lever arm from going into the spokes. They're not the worst that I've used, but I'd probably not buy another set.
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    I really like Cook Bros. Racing and Nuke Proof Titanium Twist Tight skewers, the latter being my favorite. I have some Cook Bros. Racing on my Rhygin Metax CX and some Nuke Proof on my 953 650B SS as well as my Rhygin Ra.



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    some very cool stuff so far...keep 'em coming guys





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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    ???



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    I'm pretty sure those were GT
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Bullseye?


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    American Classic

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    MB and BP,

    Wow, you guys are quick.

    Thanks.

    I have a set of the GT's on the way. Not sure how well they'll work, but I like the way they look.






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    I can feel Tulio rolling in his grave.

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    why? we have him covered.

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    Best functionally Shimano or Campy.
    best compromise between looks and function Hopes.

    Will never use again. Anything with a plastic bushing/cam thingy.

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    I have always wanted a set of Nuke Proof skewers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    I like a nice set to finish off my builds, and lately I've gotten partial to the Sveltes.
    Mmmmm, purple Sveltes. I'm on my second set on my bike, bent the stainless loop on the rear to the point I couldn't close it securely anymore. Got a NOS set on Ebay.

    Too bad the o-ring always cracked and fell off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Best functionally Shimano or Campy.
    best compromise between looks and function Hopes.

    Will never use again. Anything with a plastic bushing/cam thingy.
    Dura Ace is nice if you go Shimano. Nice enough for my shelf

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    These were nice, if you knew that the first time you tightened them down, they were not really tight.....yet. These things I could tighten sometimes up to three times, clamp, and then find that they still were not tight.

    Why, I haven't a clue, but I know that they were a real pain, and dangerous, if you weren't careful to check, and re-check them.

    Once they reached the point that they weren't loose anymore, they would work fine. But I never really trusted these things!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw
    Dura Ace is nice if you go Shimano. Nice enough for my shelf
    Agreed
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    I like the looks of the Cook skewers and since nobody has posted a photo yet..
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/BONTRAGER%20CX/BONTRAGERCX010.jpg">
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/Curtlo%20R/5.jpg">
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/hball/IMG_1459.jpg">

    Another not mentioned or shown is the Campy Record OR
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    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/santana%20moda/Moda011.jpg">

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    My least favorite skewers is hands down the Fast Feather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    My least favorite skewers is hands down the Fast Feather.
    Word to that. What a terrible company. Other terribles are American Classics, and Svelte/Odysey. Yuck.

    Best: Salsa, and Shimano XTR/DA. Shimano's for cam action and being enclosed, Salsa's for cam action, looks, weight. Only the very early Salsa's had cam bushing issues.

    All the twist QR's and wanna be cams are lame... couldn't figure out how to make a decent cam so make a rod with a arm welded to it?! That's so garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Word to that. What a terrible company. Other terribles are American Classics, and Svelte/Odysey. Yuck.

    Best: Salsa, and Shimano XTR/DA. Shimano's for cam action and being enclosed, Salsa's for cam action, looks, weight. Only the very early Salsa's had cam bushing issues.

    All the twist QR's and wanna be cams are lame... couldn't figure out how to make a decent cam so make a rod with a arm welded to it?! That's so garage.

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    Didn't Fast Feather become Kore?

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    No mention of that under 'history' at the Kore site.

    -Schmitty-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    Didn't Fast Feather become Kore?

    Not sure who they became but they started as Fat Feather, and yes they did suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    Not sure who they became but they started as Fat Feather, and yes they did suck.
    I just found an obscure web site that said employee's from Fast Feather formed Kore.

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    I have Kore and Fast Feather skewers. The Kores are much better. The Fast Feathers aren't that bad other than the skewer can unscrew from the rest of the QR and fall off in your hand - otherwise it's okay.
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    Ringle with WTB Grease Guard

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    Was wondering what kind of skewers these are. Someone asked me the other day and I wasn't quite sure. Any ideas?

    Probably a dumb question, but I was also wondering what makes a good skewer? I was under the impression that all skewers were functionally the same, and differed only in weight, looks and material. Do some actually clamp better than others?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    Was wondering what kind of skewers these are. Someone asked me the other day and I wasn't quite sure. Any ideas?
    Looks to me like something made by JD Components of Taiwan who also sold similar product under the Tranz-X label. Although Many Taiwan manufactures had a similar looking skewers at the time.
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    Well, that's not nearly as cool as I was hoping. Here's one that's a bit more vintage!
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    Jeff,

    I'd like to see the Vanilla.

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    No propblem...

    Any excuse to show it off. Set up as a rough tour machine. No pics with the racks, fenders and 45's but you get the idea.

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    That looks fun to ride.

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    Jeff,
    You stole the thread....
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    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    I was under the impression that all skewers were functionally the same, and differed only in weight, looks and material. Do some actually clamp better than others?
    Big difference. Some mag did a test way back.. if I recall correctly Salsa's 'won' with their combination of lever feel, and clamping forces.

    Shimano and Campy's are always a strong choice, not so much bling factor.. Good cam geometry and fully enclosed as opposed to the Salsa's which are external cam and can be damaged though I think it's a moot issue.

    Those Fast Feathers actually had spring back in the lever.. kinda scary.. try to clamp it down, and they want to pop open!

    Buy Salsa or Shimano imo.

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    Couldn't resist these....


    not sure how well they'll work, but they look cool.



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    These are pretty cool:







    If you get this style, you need to also get a special tool to loosen/tighten them. Think the tool is called a Craftsman or something.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    skewers

    Here's a small collection of skewers I have. The green ones are Gravity Research, the black ones are Cook, and the gold ones are Ringle.
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    American Classic!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    these do well by me:



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    Hmmm.

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    The Unusual Weighing In.




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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister

    That changes my thinking, the disc ejection thing.

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    Hey yo-Nate-y,

    What kind of fork is that with the King hub & American Classic skewer?

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    ^probably something made by Groovy Cycleworks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICONCLS
    GONZO Ratchets! Very nice, you don't see many of those.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Dude
    Hey yo-Nate-y,

    What kind of fork is that with the King hub & American Classic skewer?

    Yep, Groovy Ho-Down.
    http://groovycycleworks.com/CustomAccessories.aspx
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    1st gen Ringle. Full threaded rods. I now carry these on big group rides, or long trips, as they will fit about anything in a pinch, mountain or road.
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    A set of Control Techs Ti skewers i have:


    currently using the Mavic ones though


    I love seeing the skewers posted...brings back a lot of memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
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    Let's see some pics.
    ...
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    what could this be?

    Steel rod, aluminium nut and lever.
    Lever seems not to be cnc-ed, rather pressed or cast.
    Came with an XT M737 wheelset.
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    BITD all those trick skewers made our shop so much money - Ti this-n-that, purple, etc. But in reality, most suffered from poor design and eventual failure of the cup washer beneath the lever.

    I'm liking my stock (matching hub or group) skewers on all my vintage rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogi_ns View Post
    what could this be?

    Steel rod, aluminium nut and lever.
    Lever seems not to be cnc-ed, rather pressed or cast.
    Came with an XT M737 wheelset.
    I like how it doubles as a canti lever adjustment tool!
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