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Whether to save weight or be anti-theft, anyone regret having the bolt-ons for their non-race endeavors, and should have just plunked the cash for regular ol' quick releases?
 

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I don't...

I swapped out my quick releases with Control Tech bolt-ons and never looked back! Never had a problem with em. :cool:
 

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nope!

I swapped out my QR's for bolt ons for two reasons- one the qr's I had Am-Classics failed to stay tight, and I found the front wheel a bit loose after a ride... So thats why my breaks were rubbing :rolleyes: And they are lighter, and more secure.

I have been called stupid for running bolt on's... Apparently I "must not have tightend the QR's properly- they cant come loose". What crap! Funnily enough the guy who said that was supprised that my dualie was much lighter than his hardtail- and that Disc Breaks arent much heavier than V-Breaks *sigh*

I love them, it's just as kwick to whip out a multi tool as it is to undo the QR's anyways if need be, in a race situation so it's no real loss; and out on the trail it's just do them up and forget about them.

Price is good too normally- mine cost me all of $6 AUD which is fark all when you consider a 600mm bottle of Coca Cola is $2.70... Saved about 60g too!
 

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I only regret taking so long before going the bolt-on route. Light, strong, cheap - pick three! The only other product I know of that hits all 3 is the Cateye BC100 bottle cage, which is super cheap around here, weighs about 35g, is indestructible for practical purposes, and never loses a bottle.

P.S. I can work the bolt-ons in almost the exact same amount of time as fiddling with getting the QR set correctly.
 

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I've got a couple of steel bolt-on, the €10 kind. 66g, insame gramprice.
I don't al-ways have a tool handy, which can be cumbersome, but they ride just great.

I wish mine had had a longer axle though, the rear had to be swapped for an XT when I used a Rennen singlespeed tensioner, as the bolt-on didn't reach far enough. Sold the tensioner now, bolt-ons will be on all my race bikes from now on. Not so sure about the lightweight ones with Ti and all, 66g is already so dang light, and probably stronger too...
 

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westin said:
Whether to save weight or be anti-theft, anyone regret having the bolt-ons for their non-race endeavors, and should have just plunked the cash for regular ol' quick releases?
Since I am reaching in the same pouch for a tube that has the wrench, I loose .0456643 microseconds to quick releases.

I don't race, but now I also don't worry about the release part while riding. It has happened to me, 1st time with Mavic QRs, they felt different and ended up loose.

Next test might be a BMX bolt on. No weight savings, but maybe stiffness similar to 20mm through axle?

Mr. P
 

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/me raises hand

westin said:
Whether to save weight or be anti-theft, anyone regret having the bolt-ons for their non-race endeavors, and should have just plunked the cash for regular ol' quick releases?
I bought not one, but TWO sets of Delta Axle Rods. The first ones failed so easily, I figured they were just defective.

I stripped both sets without applying much force.... only with a regular L allen wrench. They suck big time. Get this: it wasn't the soft alu nut that stripped its threads off, it was the steel bolt! I noticed that the bolt was a tad undersized, like it rattled around a bit with the nut. The instructions didn't give a torque rating, just the basic 'should be installed only by a certified bicycle mechanic' kinda thing. I'm not going to take my bike to the LBS every time I wanna take the wheel off to stick it in the back of the car. I noticed on a newer batch of Deltas have a new shiny looking bolt instead of the galvanized looking one.

I've been wrenching on bikes for a very long time, and know by feel how much torque an M6 bolt can take, and this was way under that amount.

That said, I bought a set of new bolt-on skewers at a swap meet (new in package) and am a little afraid to install them. No, they are not Deltas.
 

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I bought not one, but TWO sets of Delta Axle Rods. The first ones failed so easily, I figured they were just defective.
I had the same issue, we swapped out the stripped end for an old QR bolt. After that, no issues. Those stock ends are light-weight aluminun and pop right off.
 

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pimpbot said:
I bought not one, but TWO sets of Delta Axle Rods. The first ones failed so easily, I figured they were just defective.

That said, I bought a set of new bolt-on skewers at a swap meet (new in package) and am a little afraid to install them. No, they are not Deltas.
Sounds like the Deltas are a lemon.

Nashbar house brand bolt-ons seem dead simply and perfectly reliable in my year of using them. $10/pair, choose black or silver.
 

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westin said:
Whether to save weight or be anti-theft, anyone regret having the bolt-ons for their non-race endeavors, and should have just plunked the cash for regular ol' quick releases?
Plunking cash? I threw out all the fancy skewers the insist on including with wheels. I will not use anything but bolt-ons.

Per dollar - probably the best improvement you can do to your bike: lighter, stronger and easier to use IMO. :)
 
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