Control Tech Skewers Skewer

4.22/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


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Product Description

Heres a great choice forThe minimalist racer. 6/4Titanium rods with aluminum end nuts can really shave weight from your rig. AndTheyre ideal for use in high-theft areas sinceThey make wheel removal a bit slower. Choose 130mm for road bikes or 135mm for most modern MTBs set includes front and rear claimed 47g / set


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Drew Lee a Weekend Warrior from Washington

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2001

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Poor quality/fit/finish

Bottom Line:   
The quality of the fit and finish is poor enough that it'll degrade the delrin bushing pretty fast. There's a lot of slop compared the Salsa QR's.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Salsa

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer and Merlin

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Altamonte Springs, FL USA

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000

Strengths:    very light
theft resistant



Weaknesses:    will spin on dropout and take off paint if you dont do something about it

Bottom Line:   
These skewers will grind away at your dropout. What you need to do is put a very small washer ( I used a part of a chain bushing) where the bolt head comes in contact with the part that touches the dropout. This will prevent the head from siezing. Otherwise, these are great skewers. I have not had any problems with them coming loose. Just keep the threads lubed with a thick grease or Ti-prep lube.

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Favorite Trail:   tsali

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Bontragers and shimano

Bike Setup:   Fisher frame, manitou SX Ti fork, GT/X517 wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pascal NEPPER a Weekend Warrior from Luxembourg (Europe)

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2000

Strengths:    So light
Strong
More anti-theft than regulat skewers
Not expensive


Weaknesses:    ???

Bottom Line:   
EXCELLENT AND BOMBPROOF.

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Favorite Trail:   Street, Trials

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Regular shimano skewers

Bike Setup:   Merlin Taiga 15" for trials, freestyle. XTR, Mavic, Race Face, Motts, ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bad A** Single Speeder a Weekend Warrior from Roseville

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2000

Strengths:    Light wt. (67 grams)
Don't have to dread taking off a stuborn QR (provided you have a 5 mm allen)


Weaknesses:    Easy to mount the front wheel backwards if you are not alert since right and left side look the same.
A bit pricy retail- get one second hand.


Bottom Line:   
Good upgrade for the weight weenie. Lugging around an allen key is a bit of a hassle but worth it. Got mine at a bike swap meet for $5.00 (be on the lookout for those who think it is a hassle to always use an allen key to tighten/loosen skewer).

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Favorite Trail:   Brown's Ravine

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano QR's

Bike Setup:   Control Tech stem and bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hugh a Cross Country Rider from nm

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2000

Strengths:    light
secure


Weaknesses:    light

Bottom Line:   
lightweight, functional skewer, not for hippos or jumpers. nothing to catch on or to have other riders/sticks etc catch on your qr lever and prematurely release. it's a bolt. if you ride trails you should always be carrying basic tools, including 5 mm allen key (with a good head). with front suspension forks, quick releases are not quick releases..(ie. like the fast road wheel changes that are required when racing when you don't have to turn the skewer to unthread it.) As general rule, don't mess with any malfunctioning parts, esp skewers. clean and regrease regularly and they will last a couple of years. however at first sign of malfunction (extra friction, worn threads, botched threads,etc. doesn't tight with just allen key, etc...) get a new set. unless you're racing road..or for rear wheel use..how much of a hurry are you when changing a tire on a ride with the buds? still have to take off your camelback and dig around in the bag...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   many

Bike Setup:   multiple tricked out bikes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DiRT a Cross Country Rider from USA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2000

Strengths:    Light, locks tight

Weaknesses:    Turning grinds at the dropout, unless you fix

Bottom Line:   
I have the ti bolt, non-quick release version that requires a 5mm allen wrench to get on/off. The weight is accurate, at 48grams exactly. got them for $29 at nashbar.com

I put on liquid wrench, teflon tape, etc, but the bolt still spins the skewer head/cup, grinding away at the dropout. So, I put on a thin, small washer that has an exterior diam that is smaller than the bolt head. This fixed the grinding problem. Too bad CT doesn't just provide the washer. I called tech support and asked if it was supposed to grind, they said no. I said that it does, and all they could recommend was a teflon anti-seize. anti-seize doesn't stop it. The washer did.

5 chilies minus one for the grinding.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Racer from USA

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2000

Strengths:    light!
cheap


Weaknesses:    can come off your bike if not tightened enough

Bottom Line:   
As everyone has mentioned, the weight savings is worth the price. I have only had one bad outing on them and that was my own fault atleast I believe this to be the case. I was riding and all of a sudden the back bolt slipped out of place. Yes it did bend up my rear derailleur hangar and the ti skewer. Most likely it was due to my not properly checking the equipment before I went on a hardcore ride through the woods. The reason I am writing about this incident is to warn you about the potential dangers of this product should you forget to check the skewer tightness before a ride. Fortunately, I was not hurt and do you know what? The people at Control Tech put out A+ quality parts. I love their company and they have hooked me up with many great parts since I race. No I am not on their factory race team, but they have given me some products to test. I will continue to use this product for racing. Currently, I am training with heavier skewers from Shimano.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   many


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Roger a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: November 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Amazing weight saving, looks, efficient


Weaknesses:    
Need to use anti-seize grease


Bottom Line:   
A really worthwhile weight saving for the money. I use the titanium ones - they work well provided you lube the contact points and threads with copper anti-seize - titanium is not a good material for threads on its own. Yes, you have to carry a 5mm Allen key, but don't you do so anyway?

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano standard skewers


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale M1000

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by James a Racer from Austin TX

Date Reviewed: October 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Weight
Strength


Bottom Line:   
They rock. super light,low maint. I have to replace the bolt every couple of years due to my overtightening(same tread as stock q-release). You can't save a 1/4 pound for less money. Four friends and I all bought ours the same year all are still in good shape. Used for races as well as everyday training. I've also added them to my road bike. Don't miss out on this wieght saving tip!

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Favorite Trail:   
Flat Creek

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
only Q-releases


Bike Setup:   
98 S-Works M2

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by thwwx a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: September 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Minimalist approach


Weaknesses:    
works so well you forget it even existed


Bottom Line:   
No unnecessry weight, no plastic washers to wear away, no QR that quick release on you at the least convenient time. Unless you race, why waste money on fancy QR's twice the mass? For those whose wheels fell off from using these, you've probably undertightened them. They need a second retightening after the first. After which, they stay tight forever. They stay so firmly in place that I forget they're even there.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
XTR,Coda


Bike Setup:   
Pretrek Klein Adroit

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross-Country Rider from MPLS, MN

Date Reviewed: May 23, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Had a set of these suckers for about 2 years now with no problems. I love the peace of mind they offer when i park my bike somewhere and know that the QR is not really so quick, especially when so many other bikes make an easier target. They're light and they work great. Five Fat Flamin' Habaneros for this puppy.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Guido a Cross-Country Rider from the Netherlands

Date Reviewed: March 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Very ligth weight, looking clean


Weaknesses:    
After over 4 years?
NONE!


Bottom Line:   
Great product, if you don't care about using a wrench. Still very pleased with it.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
Ringlé, XTR


Bike Setup:   
Klein, non Shimano, Manitou SX, a lot of costum parts, built ligth weigth.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by MTBPimp a cross-country rider from Texas

Date Reviewed: February 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   


These skewrs suck hard. About 1 week after I bought them they cracked!! I was taking them off after a ride one day they flat out cracked. I haven't had any help from the company or the shop where I got them. 2 flamers since the back one hasn't cracked yet.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a racer from Minneapolis MN

Date Reviewed: February 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   


As with all that is Control-Tech, their not-so-quick release skewers are pretty cool. I have had two sets for many years now and have swapped them onto new frames. X-country, pre-wannabe-motorcyle downhill, and cyclo-cross, the skewers work great in all of these situations. You can't get much lighter than these skewers, just make sure you have your 5 mm allen wrench with you (as any good cyclist should) or else you'll never get your wheels off to change a tire, or 'rack' your bike.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by BUNNY WARING a cross-country rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1998

Bottom Line:   


thesE suck!they are deadly. WILL POP OUT OF THE DROP-OUT WITHOUT WARNING! i ALMOST GOT RUN OVER BY A DUMP TRUCK WHILE RIDING ON THESE WHEN THEY LET GO. i KNOW THIS SOUNDS GOOFY AND A FARCE BUT MY LAST DETAILED ENTRY GOT ERASED WHEN i MISTAKENLY SUBMITTED IT WITHOUT A STAR RATING. iF YOU ARE A STRONG RIDER JUST GET QUICK RELEASES-THEY ARE SAFER.

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