Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 3 – Fizik Antares & KCNC Quick Release Skewers

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KCNC Quick Release Skewers

  • Cost: $65-70
  • 45 grams for the pair
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Strong clamping mechanism
  • Weak and poorly designed springs

At this point, I admit I was starting to get a little weenie-fied looking for more ways to save weight. I tend to shy away from super-shiny bright CNC’d parts that can be too fragile for normal use/abuse. But these KCNC quick releases/skewers were just so tempting. Super light but at a reasonable price. I debated over “plain” silver or black…but took the plunge with these anodized red jobs. In a word, they are amazing. At 45 grams for the pair, they weigh less than a rear Zipp, Salsa, or Mavic skewer! They also cost less than many of these. The only disappointment was the springs that mount between the bike and the axle ends; they were tightly wound around the axle and would “burrow” in while turning the QR. Just substitute them with your old QR springs, and you’ll be good to go. More impressive was the clamping quality and leverage of the diminutive handle. Somehow KCNC has worked in significant mechanical advantage with the bulbous pivot and stubby lever. These QRs exceeded expectations–and at 65$ are a great way to shave 40 grams.


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Check back soon for the next part in the series, Ritchey Carbon Magic!

About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein is fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling, and is a longtime product reviewer. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and has been ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group on numerous occasions.

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