Which Ti Skewers are safe and durable?

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

Just putting the final touches to reducing weight of my summer road bike and my attention has turned to Ti Skewers.

My Easton skewers are quite heavy, so I could probably save 60g+ with some Ti Skewers. But I have heard plenty of bad things about creaking Ti Skewers on this forum.

Does anyone have advice on which Ti Skewers are good, right now I'm looking at Lifeline, Token Road Shark tk221 and XLC Pro SL Carbon Titanium Skewers.
Giant Propel Advanced SL Red Etap Easton EC90 wheels 6.5kg

ajcav86
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by ajcav86

I run carbon ti on two bikes and they are great but expensive
Perdita- Burls Ti Road
Aurelia- Saffron Stainless/Carbon Gravel
Bertha - Trek Speedconcept
Jolene - Over kill winter bike

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nickf
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by nickf

I have had excellent luck with KCNC ti skewers. Both the regular ti and the lighter grooving. Oldest pair is going on 4 years with no issues.

Nickldn
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by Nickldn

The x-lock carbon ti skewers look cool and just within price range. Tho kcnc are a bit cheaper.

Wonder if they are any better then Lifelines from Wiggle tho.

Have you had any issues with the clamping force?
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corky
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by corky

Tune worked ok for me...

ajcav86
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by ajcav86

No issue with clamping on the carbon Ti and use them for racing hill climbs
Perdita- Burls Ti Road
Aurelia- Saffron Stainless/Carbon Gravel
Bertha - Trek Speedconcept
Jolene - Over kill winter bike

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BikeEatSleepRepeat
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by BikeEatSleepRepeat

I like the ones from Far/Near, carbon and alloy at a decent price.

About 75 grams.

FactoryMatt
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by FactoryMatt

viewspeed are great. i overtorqued the hell out of one of them, not realizing i was bottoming out on too narrow of an OLD. no real damage to it.

https://www.shop.view-speed.com/View-Sp ... 900-S4.htm

Nickldn
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by Nickldn

I would prefer something around the 40g-50g mark, don't care about going below 40g. Still think the Lifeline skewers look good value, has anyone had any experience with them?
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Alex222
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by Alex222

Lifeline okay. Need to be tightened up before each ride to stop creaking.

Nickldn
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by Nickldn

Don't wanna do that, bad enough pumping up tyres.
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numberSix
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by numberSix

Carbon Ti,with a caveat. They're creak-free when installed exactly per the manual. Over tightening results in cracked cam-side caps. Replacement caps are available, fortunately.

alanyu
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by alanyu

Are u a sprinter? Or you heavy?

If both answers are no, lifeline is pretty well. It's made by fouriers from taiwan. Or just use it for the front wheel.

Nickldn
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by Nickldn

Not heavy 64kg, but do like short sprints. Tune DC 100 / 130 look nice, but a lot more expensive than Lifeline Ti.

Main thing to stay away from are plastic washers, which deform.
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AJS914
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by AJS914

Zipp aero Ti skewers are pretty great.

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