Best Budget Ti Skewers?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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theremery
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by theremery

I generally like the light stuff, but latex tubes are the go. They don't puncture easier (despite what some people say) and they run smoother and have less rolling resistance. They weigh a few grams more but it's worth it this time.
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USofChay
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by USofChay

Glad you guys like your KCNC. Just want to say I've put some more miles on my F&N's and they're great. Anno is top notch too.

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fayrwerks
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by fayrwerks

...got the KCNC for long time but haven't used them feeling that they are not tight enuf when you clamp them and always resorting to clamping them then rotating the clamp a bit to get the torque im satified with... am i over tightening them?
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skouri1
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by skouri1

honestly. I know almost everyone loves KCNC skewers, but they didn't work well for me and I ended up selling them after a few months.
I tried running them with lighter clamping force, and the rear skewer squeaked whenever I put power down. If I ran them with a lot of clamping force, (which is very difficult given the short lever), they would still loosen up eventually (within a week or so) and start creaking again.

Drove me absolutely nuts for several months, so I went back to the heavy bontrager skewers I had lying around and everything was fixed immediately. (without wrenching them down)

I weigh between 130-135 lbs usually, so I really shouldn't have this problem (though maybe it's my wussy arms that can't clamp em tight enough :lol: ).

Having said that, the anodizing/machining looked very nice and they are ridiculously light. I would certainly buy KCNC products again (maybe even a set of C7s).

Personally, I would look into light skewers again. It's awesome to lop off maybe 70-80 grams by changing skewers. Just not sure what I would get (bolt ons--probably a pain to flat with--or something with a longer handle?)

Good luck on your quest and please keep us updated on your choice.

Rippin
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by Rippin

skouri1 wrote:...they would still loosen up eventually (within a week or so) and start creaking again.


Yes, that's my experience as well. I guess with these super light skewers you need to check them more often (and apply more closing force than regular QRs)
I've acknowledged that, and now routinely check the tightness on a frequent basis. I figure it's a small price to pay for a trick part.
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roca rule
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by roca rule

i am with kregg. i have been running the same skewers for a year and no problems at all.

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by Murphs

My C-4 UL Ti skewers started to squeak, dab of lube and it's a miracle! The noise stops.

Have also had squeaking issues with Shimano skewers so it's not confined to light weight skewers.

Rippin
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by Rippin

Here's another ebay-special alternative:
Non-branded Ti with uni-directional carbon handle (probably made by Token), 43 grams per set. The handles are a bit longer than the KCNCs (gives a little bit more closing leverage) and the washer between the cam is plastic, not brass. The springs are kind of cheap but it shouldn't cause any problems. I haven't given it a good test run, but they seem well made.
These are nice if want some carbon on your skewers without any logos.
Around $50 on ebay.

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by jipperd

I recently bought a similar set from kompressor-bike. Titanium axle with carbon lever, at 43-44 grams.

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Frankie13
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by Frankie13

Rippin wrote:Here's another ebay-special alternative:
Non-branded Ti with uni-directional carbon handle (probably made by Token), 43 grams per set. The handles are a bit longer than the KCNCs (gives a little bit more closing leverage) and the washer between the cam is plastic, not brass. The springs are kind of cheap but it shouldn't cause any problems. I haven't given it a good test run, but they seem well made.
These are nice if want some carbon on your skewers without any logos.
Around $50 on ebay.

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Kinda look like tune14 Skewers!

will102
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by will102

What about planet x skewers? I think they are 44g.

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kac
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by kac

C-4 is clearing out their Ul-Ti skewers (evidently making a new model). The old ones are now $55. That seems like a good deal to me for some nice skewers. They work well for me, anyhow.

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Rippin
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by Rippin

Frankie13 wrote:Kinda look like tune14 Skewers!


Yes, but at less than half the price (even more so with the kompressor-bike skewers that jipperd posted). But the tune skewers are 10 grams lighter.
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M_b•
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by M_b•

Just took hold of my order for the near and far (or is it far and near) skewers from Fairwheel and diyammm! ...these things look much better than I had anticipated! The build quality on these really is top notch. I can't wait to get new tires on the new wheels and take them for a spin.

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