Just like an inner tube, the lowly quick-release skewer doesn’t get much credit for contributing to a bike’s performance. I like to think of them as the all-important rhythm section, like the bass player and drummer, doing their duty while the lead singer and guitarist get all the attention.
In 1989—the year our sister publication Dirt Rag was launched—Paul Price sold his first product, a seatpost quick release mechanism, followed by quick release skewers for wheels. Hubs, brakes, cranks and other Paul components followed, and Price decided a QR facelift was overdue for 2014, so he went back to the drawing board and fired up the CNC machines in Chico.
The main job of a proper skewer is to provide ease of tightening and loosening front and rear wheels, but provide ample bite so as not to loosen while pedaling. The 25th Anniversary cam-action skewers have orange 7075 anodized aluminum oval heads, stainless steel shafts, with stainless steel and aluminum handles with just the right amount of curve to make it easy on the palm of your hands to press against the fork blade or rear triangle. I especially like the orange O-ring on the nuts, which look cool and make it easy to hold in place when tightening or loosening. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Sizes available 100mm (standard front), 130/135mm, 170 and 190mm. Reported weights are 50g, 63g, 68g and 72g, respectively. Available in silver or black for $50 per wheel.
Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in Issue #34 of Bicycle Times. To make sure you never miss a bike review, order a subscription and you’ll be ready for the everyday cycling adventure.