Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Little Things: Skewers

We don't include the weight of the skewers in our published wheel weights. This is because no one else does. If we did, all of our wheelsets would weigh 92 grams more.

Most wheelsets come with heavy steel skewers because they are cheap and often overlooked. To find a set that is under 100g, you normally have to use expensive titanium shafts.

Now, when you are looking to make a part lighter, you can usually do two things: use a lighter material or use better engineering on the original material. It's almost always better to find an engineering solution because exotic materials mean either less strength, higher cost or both.

So, for our lightweight skewers, instead of titanium shafts, we use hollow steel shafts. Still strong, still light but much less expensive.

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