Crank Brothers Split Skewers review£50.00

Low leverage quick-releases

BikeRadar score4.5/5

There are loads of quick-release skewers available, but very few are anywhere near as good as the ones you get with any Shimano hubs or wheels. These skewers from Crank Brothers have a genuine low leverage advantage though.

The two half-levers close securely as one piece in the conventional way, with a nice broad platform to stop the bruising your hand. The cunning bit is that you can open each lever sequentially, effectively halving the effort needed – not essential, but you appreciate them when you’re knackered.

The fact they open so easily makes them good for triathletes as well as mountain bikers – they're easy to use with numb, cold or post-swim fingers.

They’re within 10g of most normal quick releasers too (124g), so no weight worries, and we’ve had no loosening or rattle trouble even when we’ve used them for some pretty extreme riding.

Corrosion-resistant black, orange, green, red or blue (or iodine, sage, opium and cobalt as Crank Brothers would have it) colours mean easy co-ordination for fashionistas.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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