Wheels sometimes bolt onto your bicycle directly. However, most mountain or road bicycle wheels work on a quick release system. The axle is hollow and a skewer is fed through them. Many hub manufacturers, in particular high end manufacturers supply their wheels without skewers. Some of those same manufacturers do also make skewers but simply supply them as an optional extra. The Shimano and NovaTec hubs that I sell come with quick release skewers as standard. Otherwise, assume that you will require skewers with your wheelset. Here is a list of some of the skewers that I can provide with prices and details:
Security skewers (5 sided allen key type) – £15/pair
These are an alternative that has proven popular. They are not a high quality skewer. They also may shortly be discountinued due to supply issues. They need to be unlocked using the supplied five sided allen key tool. There are ways of removing these skewers without the tool, so it is not ‘theft-proof’. However, it is considerably more difficult removing wheels with these skewers than it is for those using quick release versions.
NovaTec quick release skewers – £15/pair
This have become a popular quick release alternative to the security versions. They are available in black or silver. They are reasonably attractive and the mechanism in them is good. They use modern alloy levers but a chromoly shaft.
Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 quick release skewers – £51/pair
The Dura-Ace skewer is an excellent skewer. The Dura-Ace version is designed to fit 130mm O.L.D. hubs and frames making it the smaller of the two standards. It grips nicely and is comfortable to use. You can run a high tension through this skewer easily which makes you wheel stable.
NOS Mavic 501 quick release skewers – £18/pair
Currently a special order item. There is also currently no information available on this product.
Campagnolo Record Skewer QR11-20FRB – £57/pair
A light weight alloy construction made by Campagnolo in a modern design.
Campagnolo Mirage ’06 quick release skewers QF-LV001/QR-VL001 – £20/pair
A classic Campagnolo quick release skewer made entirely from steel. 144mm rear length – the same as Shimano Dura Ace 7800.