Airborne 6-4 Titanium Skewers Skewer

4.8/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $15.00


Product Description

Utilizing an aerospace grade 6AL / 4V titanium rod and 6061 aluminum hardware to produce a very light (90 grams / pair), and durable alternative to your stock quick releases. Black anodized with laser engraved Airborne logo.


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rafi a Cross Country Rider from Jerusalem

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2005

Strengths:    LIGHT, CHEAP,KEEPS WHEEL IN PLACE SECURE.

Weaknesses:    NONE SO FAR

Bottom Line:   
LIGHTER THAN XTR, AND CHEAPER

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   AIRBORNE DIRECT

Similar Products Used:   XTR, XT


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Oklahoma

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2004

Strengths:    Inexpensive, light, looks good.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Fast shipping via DHL. Paid only $15.00. Much lighter than the Shimano skewers I was using. I've done about 200+ miles with them over this last month and I have NO complaints.
At $15.00, give them a try!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   www.airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, KORE

Bike Setup:   Kona full suspension.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Decatur, Georgia

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2004

Strengths:    high grade titanium, nice finish, light

Weaknesses:    weighed 10 grams more than advertised (100 grms total)

Bottom Line:   
These skewers look really nice. They are 18 grams lighter than XT skewers. I'm a little worried about the flex of titanium, but for $15 they are worth a try. I think Airborne finally realized they were giving everyone too good a deal--last week the price on the website increased to $25, and this week it increased to $30.

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Favorite Trail:   Bull Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   www.airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   XT skewers

Bike Setup:   Cannondale f600 hardtail, xt drive train, twin ti eggbeaters, monkeylite sl handlebars, thomson seat post, mavic 517s, WTB Laser V stealth saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stan a Cross Country Rider from NY

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2003

Strengths:    Very lite. Nice logo.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
For the money these skewers are great. I have had these skewers on my road bike and my wife's mountain bike for some time now. I ordered one pair with a pair of socks which are cool looking too, then I ordered a second pair of skewers. Shipping is quick, I had them in three days.

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Favorite Trail:   view

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   airborne

Similar Products Used:   salsa, shimino, mavic

Bike Setup:   Trek

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by næstep a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area, CA

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap, look nice & work fine

Weaknesses:    None. Really.

Bottom Line:   
These skewers hold up perfectly to disk brakes, 4" forks, rear suspension & my heavy ol' Speedhub.

The lever is centered over the axle so if you run discs, you can take your pick if you want to mount the QR lever on the left or right hand side and won't feel like you're making a compromise.

Ordered these with the $5 Airborne T-Shirt. What a deal!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Bike Setup:   NRS/ Avid Discs/ X-Vert/ Rohloff Speedhub

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from PLYMOUTH,MA.

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2002

Strengths:    looks,strong,and they are ti!!

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
At 15.00 a set,you can do no wrong!I bought 2 sets
for that price(they may raise the $ if they pick-up
a catalog and see the other guys $!)If airborne can
sell such a great skewer for this $,and the other guys
sell there same quality skewers for 3 to 5 times the $,
I support airborne for giving us same quality for way way
less $.! get a set,you won't belive your eyes!

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Favorite Trail:   everyware

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   shimano

Bike Setup:   tracer with all the good stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from York, Pa.

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2002

Strengths:    Nice fat levers for good torque, look nice(no hey look at me crap!), hold the wheels tight

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Looks good, works even better. I'll never notice the weight savings - maybe you will.

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Favorite Trail:   billygoat trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   airbornedirect

Similar Products Used:   cromolly OEM

Bike Setup:   Old GT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt N. a Cross Country Rider from Flemington, NJ

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2002

Strengths:    Light, cheap & functional.

Weaknesses:    Skewer-lever stack height.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a pair for my old road bike and a pair for my wife's hardtail. Performance-wise these QRs are great: they even beat the Salsas I have on my MTB rig in terms of easy opening and closing action. No slippage or clamping problems whatsoever.

Speaking of the Salsa, since the Airborne skewers are such an obvious derivative of the Salsa design, the only bad thing I have to say about them is that the aluminum washer w/ delrin insert on the lever end of the skewer is about twice as thick as the Salsa washer. Combine this with the thick "arch" cross-section of the lever itself, and you have a lever that protrudes 25 mm beyond the dropout face.

On a suspension-fork with beefy sliders, this difference is hardly noticeable, but on a sleek road fork the skewer does not cut a particularly graceful or aerodynamic figure.
Airborne could very easily fix this problem by specing a thinner washer.

The bottom line:
Unless you make a living as a road-racer, the aero factor is not a serious one.
Try and find another way to cut about 100g (compared to Shimano steel skewers) off of your bike for $15!
A serious deal!

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Favorite Trail:   Tequepis, SB / CA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.com

Similar Products Used:   You name it: Ringle, Campy, Mavic, Shimano, Kore, Salsa ...

Bike Setup:   Road: hand-built Columbus Bianchi w/ Dura-Ace

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher a Weekend Warrior from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2002

Strengths:    TI look, weight, and performance. Nice laser-etched logo

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I finally have a Ti frame to match my Ti skewers! :)
This is a follow-up review....
I have been using these skewers for 6+ months now and have had absolutely ZERO problems. Never loose! Never failed! Never a problem! You can't get any better in my opinion. For $15 how can you go wrong? Buy them if you are looking to save some weight and save some money. I ride all over the place and I weigh 180lbs. The only time I think about these skewers are when I'm standing around admiring my bike or when I'm removing a wheel to clean my bike. These are an excellent value!

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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano (heavy, but worked)

Bike Setup:   Airborne Lucky Strike: Mavic 517, Real Hubs, Hutchinson Python Air Light 2.0's

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by true from Gainesville, FL

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2001

Strengths:    Nice corporate logo!

Weaknesses:    Rear skewer is too flexy for aggressive riding.

Bottom Line:   
While the front skewer does the job, the rear skewer keeps on wiggling loose. No matter how tight I cranked it down, the rear wheel would start to slip after about fifteen minutes of riding. First I'd hear a bit of chirping with the disk rotor hitting the edge of the pad, then the wheel would pop right out of the dropout. Switched to a spare set of (even cheaper) Deore skewers and the problem went away. They might work ok if you are a flyweight who doesn't bomb over roots and rocks, but I'll never put 'em back on a rear wheel.

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Favorite Trail:   Son of Middle Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Salsa, XT, Deore QRs

Bike Setup:   Tomac 78 Special, SRAM 9/Raceface drivetrain, Z2, Magura disks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnny Joe Joejohnson a Racer from Alabaster Mounds, Derby UK

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2001

Strengths:    Titanium, way faster than other skewers

Weaknesses:    Non-magnetic. Magnets make everything better

Bottom Line:   
I was in a race against this dirty spaniard. He kept calling me gringo even though I am clearly british. On the last hill he tried to break but I beat him because I had titanium skewers and he was eqipped with merely 6061 Aluminum (which we Brits pronounce "Alu-MIN-e-um") and I thusly trounced him.

But too expensive. I miss my old bent, POS Joytech QRs, because I knew that I was able to buy at least a few brass spoke nipples with the money I saved.

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Favorite Trail:   The Crevice

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Joytech

Bike Setup:   Klien Attitude Race, XTR Chris King Race Face et cetera, et cetera...all the trappings of a pimp bike racing machine

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher a Weekend Warrior from Irving, TX

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2001

Strengths:    Titanium baby!
Low weight, slick look!


Weaknesses:    I don't have a Ti frame to match....yet.

Bottom Line:   
These babies are super slick and extra light! You lock 'em and forget 'em. I have only been mountain biking for about 6 months and I love finding components that I don't have to mess with. I've read tons of reviews on this website and a lot of the skewer reviews on other brands complain about them coming loose and these puppies cost them $50+. I have some TITANIUM skewers that cost me $15+shipping and I never have to worry about them. Do ya think that's a value????
At this rate I can save enough to buy a Ti frame! I don't like the rating system as it can be very skewed (no pun intended), however, I am giving a 5 rating due to the fact that these lil guys are such a bargain. Enjoy!

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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   airborne.com

Similar Products Used:   generic, kore

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 frame, XT rear/front mechs, Bontrager Race Lite cranks/bb, Avid 7 brakes, LX shifters/brakes, SRAM cassette/chain, Airborne Flyteline cables...and other stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Burning Wheels a Weekend Warrior from Dayton, Ohio USA

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2001

Strengths:    Ti Tough!!! Good looks & nicely engraved! Easy to use.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Best Bang for the buck----period! Where else can you find Ti 6/4 Skewers for a measley $15.00? You can spend more but you won't have a better product, just an empty wallet.

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Favorite Trail:   Ceasars Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   WWW.AIRBORNE.NET

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager

Bike Setup:   2001 Ti Lucky Strike XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SteveS a Weekend Warrior from Houston, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2001

Strengths:    Quality for the price

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I saw these advertised for the ridiculously low price of $15 and since I already had Airborne bikes, thought I would give them a shot. Amazingly nice skewers for such a low price. This is one seriously no-risk great deal.

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Favorite Trail:   hill country

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Airborne Direct

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey

Bike Setup:   They are going to be moved to my new Joe Young built road wheels; American Classic hubs on Torelli (Ambrosio) Triumph rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikael Arnesson a Weekend Warrior from Avesta, Sweden

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2001

Strengths:    Design, lightweight, looks.

Weaknesses:    ???

Bottom Line:   
These are great quickreleases, strong,durable, light and looks great. Easy to open and close with the gripfriendly levers.

5 chilis for the $10 I paid for'em on a sale, awesome value.
5 chilis for great performance and looks.

I think they are $15 now so go and get a set.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Airborne EC

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Airborne Lucky Strike, XT/XTR, AVID mechanical discbrakes, WH-M575 wheels, SID SL fork, Airborne stem-saddle-seatpost-barends-qiuckreleases, Pazzazz flatbar and TIME pedals.

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