Mavic BX 601 Composite Skewer

BX 601 Composite

Mavic BX 601 Composite

User Reviews (9)

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JAMES DEITSCH   Cross Country Rider [Mar 04, 2002]
Strength:

HOLDS WHEELS TIGHT

Weakness:

ENVEN THOUGH THEESE SKEWERS WORK WELL THE PLASTIC OR COMPOSITE HANDLE SUCKS. THEY CAN'T TAKE THE ABUSE OF CROSS COUNTRY RIDDING. YOU WILL EVENTUALY LOOSE THEM AND HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING YOUR WHEELS OFF AND ON YOUR BIKE. I CALLED MAVIC TO SEE ABOUT REPLACING THE ONES I LOST BUT THEY WONT HELP YOU UNLESS YOU GO THROUGH A DEALER. MAVICS CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS.

DON'T BUY THEM. IF YOU OWN A PAIR REPLACE THEM BEFORE THEY LET YOU DOWN. USE THEM ON A BIKE RACK OR THROW THEM IN THE TRASH.

Similar Products Used: CHEAP STUFF ON LOW END WHEELS
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1
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1
R Chavez   Cross Country Rider [Jan 29, 2002]
Strength:

Looks

Weakness:

Rattle and not very durable.

Not worth the money.

Similar Products Used: XTR & XT
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3
VALUE
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2
Luke   [Sep 19, 2000]
Strength:

Light

Weakness:

Cheap looking

These skewers are really pricey and not worth the money when you look at the cost and performance of other high end skewers out there. I was given a pair for free.
I like the high leverage mechanism, but at first I thought that it wasn't locking in all the way as the skewer had an on/off feel. I can't complain though, I don't notice any decrease in wheel flex and as long as you have them very tight they won't make any noise.
The durability is questionable as they are largely plastic and tiny pieces of stamped steel, Ill post a followup in a couple of months of riding.
All in all they are a Mavic quality skewer with some finicky traits, but in end, do what a skewer should do.

Similar Products Used: Salsa Flip offs, Specialized Ti, Shimano
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3
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1
Ken   Racer [Nov 23, 2000]
Weakness:

I'll cut to the chase. These skewers have a design flaw. The tiny metal pin that holds the plastic lever on falls out after a several months of use. Getting it back in is a pain. It will require a vice and tools you wont have on the trail. Do your self a favor and get Control tech or even Salsa. The plastic on these things is a let down. The other two skewers are lighter also.

They are lame. When the plastic levers fall off they aren't so "quick release".

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1
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1
DiRT   Cross Country Rider [Apr 17, 2000]
Strength:

Looks, weight is good, but not great.

Weakness:

Closure, that is lauded as high-ratio (closes almost like a switch), is not solid

I'm disappointed with these. They sell high and act like high quality, but they fail to meet my standard. And I only have experience with lower end skewers. I bought mine slightly used--well, the front was still new and shrink-wrapped, but the rear was a bit used (nothing wrong with it compared to the front).

They do close with a snap and keep on the hub, but the problem is that the high-ratio closure has a little play once it is "tight". The wheels actually move laterally when I push-pull on them. This doesn't happen with my generic or low-end shimano skewers.

Lateral stiffness on a bike comes down to the weakest link. In this case, it is these skewers.

one off for expense ($50 new, though I paid $20 -minus $10 paypal bonus), two more off for lack of stiffness.

Similar Products Used: Shimano, generic
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2
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2
Dio   Weekend Warrior [Aug 15, 1999]
Strength:

Look's Great
Light
Well Made
Durable

Weakness:

N/A

These are well constructed skewers that are worth the price.

Similar Products Used: Bontrager
WTB
Salsa
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5
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Aaron   Cross-Country Rider [Jun 22, 1999]
Strength:

light weight
high ratio closure
cool looks

Weakness:

a little pricey
basically plastic

I bought these skewers to go with my Mavic Crosslands so they looked more like the Crossmax. I love the high ratio closure as Mavic calls it; it gives the skewer a good, firm feel when you close it. Even though the skewers are basically plastic, they have been very durable thus far. 5 chilis for a great looking, light weight product that actually works.

Similar Products Used: XT skewers
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5
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Glenn Farnham   Weekend Warrior [Feb 03, 2001]
Strength:

-Look good
-Finger friendly
-Lightweight I guess

Weakness:

-Cheesy plastic QR levers that rattle and will break!

The wheels these skewers came stock on are close to great. But these skewers are a joke and a disgrace. The quick releases are not in pair with the rest of my wheel setup. The levers are either made of composite or plastic, I really don’t care which. But they shake and sound like a baby’s rattler, and that I’m not too happy about! These pieces of plastic that serve as handles are by way of a small metal pin, loosely connected to a flat piece of metal that in turn make for the tightening of the hubs. The fit between these two parts is poor, and the tiny little pin doesn’t help enough. So the plastic piece ends up shaking and rattling, and that’s annoying!

Further more these Q/R handles will not stand up to any kind of violence. While other levers when subjected to any kind of hits (to rocks, curbs or such) will bend, dent or chip, you can be fairly confident that these will either fall off all together or shatter into about 200 tiny little pieces. Then the only way to tighten or untighten your wheels will be with the help of a pair of pliers (how many of you want to carry ‘round a pair of those out on the trail…).

Save your money, and look in the trash can at your local bike shop when scouting around for a pair of these, ‘cause that’s where you might find ‘em, and that’s where they belong!

Similar Products Used: Salsa, Campagnolo, Shimano, generic stuff
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1
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1
B rad Morgan   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2000]
Strength:

Look kewl. Light, but who cares?

Weakness:

Rattle like mother.

These look okay, but have some real problems for a set of skewers that you get with a $700 wheelset (crossmax). They feel cheap, and the composite material rattles like a mother when you are out riding (if you have them, I'm sure you know what I mean).
Anyway, the Salsa's are going back on the bike, and the Mavic's may get a second life someday on the car rack - assuming my 2000 watt amp can drown out the rattling noise.

Similar Products Used: Salsa. Bontrager.
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1
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1
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