Airborne 6-4 Titanium Skewers Skewer

DESCRIPTION

Utilizing an aerospace grade 6AL / 4V titanium rod and 6061 aluminum hardware to produce a very light (90 grams / pair), and durable alternative to your stock quick releases. Black anodized with laser engraved Airborne logo.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 02, 2002]
Steve
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice fat levers for good torque, look nice(no hey look at me crap!), hold the wheels tight

Weakness:

none

Looks good, works even better. I'll never notice the weight savings - maybe you will.

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cromolly OEM

[Mar 15, 2002]
Matt N.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, cheap & functional.

Weakness:

Skewer-lever stack height.

I bought a pair for my old road bike and a pair for my wife's hardtail. Performance-wise these QRs are great: they even beat the Salsas I have on my MTB rig in terms of easy opening and closing action. No slippage or clamping problems whatsoever.

Speaking of the Salsa, since the Airborne skewers are such an obvious derivative of the Salsa design, the only bad thing I have to say about them is that the aluminum washer w/ delrin insert on the lever end of the skewer is about twice as thick as the Salsa washer. Combine this with the thick "arch" cross-section of the lever itself, and you have a lever that protrudes 25 mm beyond the dropout face.

On a suspension-fork with beefy sliders, this difference is hardly noticeable, but on a sleek road fork the skewer does not cut a particularly graceful or aerodynamic figure.
Airborne could very easily fix this problem by specing a thinner washer.

The bottom line:
Unless you make a living as a road-racer, the aero factor is not a serious one.
Try and find another way to cut about 100g (compared to Shimano steel skewers) off of your bike for $15!
A serious deal!

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You name it: Ringle, Campy, Mavic, Shimano, Kore, Salsa ...

[Nov 26, 2001]
true

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Nice corporate logo!

Weakness:

Rear skewer is too flexy for aggressive riding.

While the front skewer does the job, the rear skewer keeps on wiggling loose. No matter how tight I cranked it down, the rear wheel would start to slip after about fifteen minutes of riding. First I'd hear a bit of chirping with the disk rotor hitting the edge of the pad, then the wheel would pop right out of the dropout. Switched to a spare set of (even cheaper) Deore skewers and the problem went away. They might work ok if you are a flyweight who doesn't bomb over roots and rocks, but I'll never put 'em back on a rear wheel.

Similar Products Used:

Salsa, XT, Deore QRs

[Nov 25, 2001]
Johnny Joe Joejohnson
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Titanium, way faster than other skewers

Weakness:

Non-magnetic. Magnets make everything better

I was in a race against this dirty spaniard. He kept calling me gringo even though I am clearly british. On the last hill he tried to break but I beat him because I had titanium skewers and he was eqipped with merely 6061 Aluminum (which we Brits pronounce "Alu-MIN-e-um") and I thusly trounced him.

But too expensive. I miss my old bent, POS Joytech QRs, because I knew that I was able to buy at least a few brass spoke nipples with the money I saved.

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[Jan 03, 2002]
Christopher
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

TI look, weight, and performance. Nice laser-etched logo

Weakness:

none

I finally have a Ti frame to match my Ti skewers! :)
This is a follow-up review....
I have been using these skewers for 6+ months now and have had absolutely ZERO problems. Never loose! Never failed! Never a problem! You can't get any better in my opinion. For $15 how can you go wrong? Buy them if you are looking to save some weight and save some money. I ride all over the place and I weigh 180lbs. The only time I think about these skewers are when I'm standing around admiring my bike or when I'm removing a wheel to clean my bike. These are an excellent value!

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Shimano (heavy, but worked)

[Oct 20, 2001]
Christopher
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Titanium baby!
Low weight, slick look!

Weakness:

I don't have a Ti frame to match....yet.

These babies are super slick and extra light! You lock 'em and forget 'em. I have only been mountain biking for about 6 months and I love finding components that I don't have to mess with. I've read tons of reviews on this website and a lot of the skewer reviews on other brands complain about them coming loose and these puppies cost them $50+. I have some TITANIUM skewers that cost me $15+shipping and I never have to worry about them. Do ya think that's a value????
At this rate I can save enough to buy a Ti frame! I don't like the rating system as it can be very skewed (no pun intended), however, I am giving a 5 rating due to the fact that these lil guys are such a bargain. Enjoy!

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generic, kore

[Oct 08, 2001]
Burning Wheels
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ti Tough!!! Good looks & nicely engraved! Easy to use.

Weakness:

None

Best Bang for the buck----period! Where else can you find Ti 6/4 Skewers for a measley $15.00? You can spend more but you won't have a better product, just an empty wallet.

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[Oct 06, 2001]
SteveS
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Quality for the price

Weakness:

None

I saw these advertised for the ridiculously low price of $15 and since I already had Airborne bikes, thought I would give them a shot. Amazingly nice skewers for such a low price. This is one seriously no-risk great deal.

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Ritchey

[Oct 04, 2001]
Mikael Arnesson
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Design, lightweight, looks.

Weakness:

???

These are great quickreleases, strong,durable, light and looks great. Easy to open and close with the gripfriendly levers.

5 chilis for the $10 I paid for'em on a sale, awesome value.
5 chilis for great performance and looks.

I think they are $15 now so go and get a set.

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Shimano

[Mar 15, 2003]
næstep
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap, look nice & work fine

Weakness:

None. Really.

These skewers hold up perfectly to disk brakes, 4" forks, rear suspension & my heavy ol' Speedhub.

The lever is centered over the axle so if you run discs, you can take your pick if you want to mount the QR lever on the left or right hand side and won't feel like you're making a compromise.

Ordered these with the $5 Airborne T-Shirt. What a deal!

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