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My Hadley 10mm thru-bolt skewer system is all aluminum. Similar metals tend to gall, even when assembled with greased threads. Mine froze-up very tightly and I thought I'd bust it using a breaker bar to loosen. No official torque spec for the Hadley system is published. The DT Swiss RWS system calls for 15 Nm (11 ft-lb) minimum torque but no max given. I figure you can't over tighten the RWS given its short lever arm. I certainly over-tightened my Hadley. :mad:

I got some anti-seize compound today, made for spark plugs into aluminum blocks. I'm gonna clean and reassemble the hub skewer using this stuff on the threads:



Permatex® Anti-Seize Lubricant

"A highly refined blend of aluminum, copper and graphite lubricants. Use during assembly to prevent galling, corrosion and seizing and to assure easier disassembly. Temperature range: -60°F to 1600°F (-51°C to 871°C). Salt, corrosion and moisture resistant - ideal for marine use."

Anyone else use similar stuff on their thru-bolts? Can you crank em tight and still get the wheel off with a multi-tool Allen key out there on the trails?

Cheers,
-S
 

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I've only used heavy grease on mine. I have a DT Swiss RWS thru bolt rear hub. It's a steel bolt with an aluminum nut and they'll seize up if there isn't anything on them.

Anti-seize is nasty stuff, it gets everywhere if you're not careful. I would guess that it would work, but the mess isn't worth it to me, I'll stick with adding a little grease now and then.
 

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I have never understood the cycling industry's obsession with using grease on everything. Grease is good for lubricating components that move against each other during operation. Threaded and press fitted components are better off with anti-sieze. Every fastener on my bike gets either locktite or anti-sieze. I also use a light coat of antisieze on seatposts, stem/steer tube joints, crank arms at the bb spindle.
Anti-sieze does have a reputaion for getting everywhere. A little bit goes a long way. Just go easy on it and keep things cleaned up. Wipe up excess immediately.
 

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I use anti seize on my hadley 10mm through axle and it works fine. I know what you mean about the galling issue, had it before on other things. Now I use anti seize a lot more and never have galling problems.
 

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I prefer marine synthetic grease. Anti-seize is so messy that I only use it on parts that rarely get disassembled. The marine stuff sticks better than regular grease and has corrosion inhibitors similar to anti-seize. And it's cheap and you can apply it with your finger.
 
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