Skewer Shootout
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May 6, 2013  hits 239,579

Zipp makes some nice steel skewers that are usually included with their wheels. They have a nice low profile and smooth aero shaped levers.
Zipp makes some nice steel skewers that are usually included with their wheels. They have a nice low profile and smooth aero shaped levers.

Aftermarket skewers are a popular upgrade among the weight weenie crowd, but often ignored by triathletes. Today we're taking an in-depth look at what options are available for the aero crowd, and why you might want to pick one over another. See the full article for our skewer shootout.


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  • The Tune Skyline is the lightest skewer you can find, and also very minimal from an aero standpoint. But it does require a special tool to install.
  • The Tune Skyline skewer is just 18g complete, and comes in a variety of colors. But it's hard to find, and has a pretty high price tag.
  • Perhaps the purest aero-geek skewer is the line from View-Speed.com, shown here. The bolt-on skewers have small, rounded end caps to maintain a nice aero profile. They're also pretty light at just 44g for the pair.
  • The View-Speed.com skewers are a great aero upgrade if you're willing to give up a quick release.
  • KCNC makes what is probably the most popular aftermarket skewer. It boasts a great balance of light weight (46g for the pair), ready availability, and reasonable cost ($78).
  • The KCNC skewers have a fairly low-profile quick-release mechanism, as well as a low-profile end cap on the other side. These come highly recommended for their excellent balance of features, ease-of-use, and price.
  • Another exceptionally high-end offering from Tune is the world's lightest quick-release U20 skewers. The pair of these things weighs an astonishing 21g, and the quick release mechanism works just fine.
  • The U20 skewers feature a very low-profile quick release, the same nearly-invisible end cap as the Skyline skewers, and the exotic blend of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum parts makes these skewers the lightest in the world with a quick release mechanism. They also carry the highest price tag of any skewer in this review, and will set you back more than $200 ... if you are lucky enough to find them.
  • Zipp makes some nice steel skewers that are usually included with their wheels. They have a nice low profile and smooth aero shaped levers.
  • At 78g, these aren't the lightest skewers in the review, but Zipp also makes a titanium version. The titanium is fairly light, but still a few grams heavier than the KCNC skewers. Nevertheless, these are really good skewers and it's nice to see Zipp pay attention to the little details.
  • The baseline for this shootout is the brand new Dura-Ace 9000 skewer, part of Shimano's new 11-speed flagship group. These are big, heavy, and probably not very aero. But they work really well, and provide a good basis for comparison against the other skewers in this review.
  • The Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 skewers come in at 128g for the pair. That's the same as the Skyline, View-Speed.com, U20, and KCNC skewer weights COMBINED.
  • The non-drive-side of all six skewers in this shootout.
  • It's easy to see why you might want to upgrade from your traditional Shimano-sized skewer (left). The Zipp, KCNC, and Tune U20 skewers (2nd, 3rd, and 4th from the left) all have a nice, small ball head. The View-Speed.com and Tune Skyline heads (5th and 6th from the left) are smaller still, offering the next level of aerodynamic speed at the cost of a convenient quick-release mechainsm.
  • The same difference across the non-drive-side ends of the skewers are seen again on the drive-side ends. From left to right: Tune Skyline, Tune U20, View-Speed.com, KCNC, Zipp, Shimano Dura-Ace. This is where the Tune skewers really shine. They have absolutely minimal heads. The View-Speed is basically the same, even if a tiny bit larger. And once again, KCNC appears as a very nice balance between size and usability.

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