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Looking for the cheapest way to drop weight on my MTB. Ebay has lots of vendors in China selling titanium skewers starting around $10.50 a pair with a claimed weight of ~50g / pair. These would drop about a quarter pound off my ride for nearly nothing (OK, a good sandwich perhaps).

Does anyone have experience with no-name Ti skewers? I hesitate because these are critical items (unlike, say, a seat post or light) and the cheapest shite on eBay always seems to fail.


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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Bicycl...105478&hash=item3b189ad4d9:g:zu4AAOSwNmVaXwAh

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Design...661329&hash=item34290040a4:g:XpAAAOSwMstez2~H
 

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Well, grade 5 screws in say, M5x12mm typically run $3-4 each. Grade 5 titanium alloy is roughly equivalent to grade 8 steel, common in the bicycle industry for safety critical fasteners on cheaper parts. Grade 2 titanium is MUCH cheaper (like, a bag of 20 of the above screws for $10), but has less than half the yield strength.

I'll leave you to make your choice, but to say that titanium parts are usually expensive because they need to be, rather than just the material itself.
 

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I ran similar ones on my road bike and have had no issues. I also ran some from Loaded Components back in the day and had no issues.
 

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I've run both the J&L and random name Chinese hex key ones on several bikes for probably 10 years now and no issues with them, they come in at like 30g. Honestly, unlike thru-axles, for QR, the hub is what takes all of the weight and force while riding, the QR is just to keep the wheel sandwiched on the fork or dropouts.
 
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