The humble-looking bike skewer has a crucial responsibility - to keep the wheel attached to the bike! Along with spokes , hubs and hub rims , this wheel part is a small but heavy-hitting item. Quality is key, which is why we only stock trusted brands like Campagnolo, Hope and BBB. Shop the best bike wheel skewer here!
Around since the early 20th century, a quick-release bike wheel comprises a hollow axle with a skewer that inserts and slides through it. On the end of one skewer, you will find a head containing a lever that runs a cam, whilst on the other is a threaded adjusting nut. When you close the lever, it pushes the cam against a nut that secures the wheel in place by tightening against the dropout. Springs are also located at both ends to help centre the skewer in the axle (and to facilitate even release). Whereas once upon a time, a standard bike axle was 130mm wide at the rear, this has increased to 135mm in bikes sporting disc brakes.
Are wheel skewers a one-size-fits-all purchase?
Most standard bike wheel hubs will work with 5mm skewers.
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