It’s been over 4 years since I wrote the last skewer shootout and many of them have since changed. I’ve decided to do an updated review featuring the latest and greatest. Writing this review has made me realize that things have changed over the years and the gaps between brands have definitely shrunk. They do still have their differences but those are becoming smaller. Any of the skewers in this review are just fine and there won’t be clear winners and losers but there will be some differences.

AX-Lightness, Road only

AX-Lightness

  • Weight: 37 grams
  • Price: $130
  • Cam travel: 1.48mm
  • Rod material: Titanium rear, Aluminum front
  • Rod Length: 163mm rear, 123mm front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Red, Silver

Mixed materials in the skewer rods, titanium rear and aluminum front.The alloy front shaft accounts for a 2 or 3 gram weight savings which really doesn’t make a difference except when weight is the ultimate goal, however if weight is the ultimate goal there are lighter choices. I do really like the handle shape and length on the Ax skewer. It provides plenty of leverage and is easy on the hand. The skewer uses a fine pitch thread for small adjustments and what should be solid retention however the nuts are sometimes lax in tolerance as we’ve seen a few that have stripped threads where others would not have.

Enve Road Titanium

ENVE-Ti

  • Weight: 60 grams
  • Price: $42
  • Cam travel: 2.1mm
  • Rod material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 158mm rear, 128mm front
  • Colors: Black

The heaviest and least expensive of the titanium skewers in this review. The external cam
is linear rather than a cup like some so alignment must be done manually. The handle is a really nice length and
shape, easy on the hand and opens and closes easily and securely. At the price it is a nice aftermarket option, but
was designed to be OE with Enve wheels, and in that case it matches well.

Extralite Aliens3

Extralite-Alien

  • Weight: 55 grams.
  • Price: $150
  • Cam Travel: 1.52mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 163mm rear, 129mm front.
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

4 years ago when I wrote the last skewer review, the Aliens2 was one of my favorites. The
Aliens3 is brand new, released only this month. It doesn’t make dramatic changes from the last version, but some
nice details to what was already a truly fantastic skewer. The cam changes from gold to black giving it a more
consistent look. The nut becomes an integrated 3 piece design with a fixed spring, rotating washer and nut. All 3
pieces rotate individually but stay together as one piece on the skewer. The attention to engineering detail on this
skewer is off the chart. An external cam as in common in most skewers, but with a very clever fixing mechanism which
keeps it from moving and having to be manually aligned. Also a retention device for the springs on both ends means
that this is perhaps the quickest and easiest skewer to use when it comes to a speedy wheel change. A knurled nut
and a long ergonomic handle on the lever end make this super friendly on the hands and provide plenty of clamping
force. Suitable for road or mtb. It’s not the lightest, in fact it’s one of the heaviest in this review, but it’s
also one of the overall best in every other category.

Extralite Streeters

Extralite-Streeters

  • Weight: 29 grams
  • Price: $150
  • Cam Travel: 1.79mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 159mm rear, 129 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

Given that the Aliens3 is a universal skewer with all the bells and whistles, Extralite
thought they should have a weight oriented road specific skewer as well and recently released one. The Streeter
keeps the same basic external cam design of the Aliens3 but strips away all the bells and whistles making this the
2nd lightest skewer in the review. At 29 grams only the carbon rod version Tune is lighter. The Streeter looses the
springs, large knurled nut and wide smooth handle in favor of weight savings. Also the cam plate gets smaller. Cam
travel however is increased. Overall this is a really nice lightweight skewer with good funtion.

Far and Near Carbon Road

Far-and-Near

  • Weight: 42 grams
  • Price: $70
  • Cam Travel: 2.3mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 157 Rear, 126 front.
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

Very similar in design to the original Kcnc. It has a long handle and good retention.
Very basic and trouble free design. Handle is comfortable to grip for both closing and opening which is a good thing
being that this skewer has one of the largest cam movements of all the skewers. Solid clamping force and overall
nice design at a good price. The carbon wrap over the handle sometimes has a bit of a laminate look which won’t
appeal to everyone. But functionally there is nothing to fault here.

Kcnc Stainless Z6

KCNC-Z6

  • Weight: 60 grams
  • Price: $38
  • Cam Travel: 1.73mm
  • Rod Material: Stainless Steel
  • Rod Length: 158 rear, 124 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

This is the first choice when it comes to weight vs price. Lighter than almost all other
steel skewers, and still at a reasonable price. The Z6 has recently been updated with the addition of a coating on
the brass cam to reduce noise and make operation smoother. A friendly shape handle, but like the original ti version
it’s on the shorter side so does require more hand strength when opening and closing.

Kcnc Titanium Road

KCNC-Z7

  • Weight: 40 grams
  • Price: $72
  • Cam Travel: 1.73mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 158 rear, 124 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

This is one of the best selling lightweight skewers of all time. It mixes the traits very
well and for this year has received several updates. Like the Z6 this one also includes the coating on the brass
plate to quiet and smooth out operation. More importantly the handle has been lengthened by 5mm which we feel makes
a lot of difference. That was our only real complaint with the original and now it’s even better. Secure clamping,
easy function and easy on the hand. Weight, performance and price considered this has to be one of the best on the
market.

Kcnc Groove Road

KCNC-Grooving

  • Weight: 35 grams
  • Price: $95
  • Cam Travel: 1.73mm
  • Rod Material: machined titanium
  • Rod Length: 158 rear, 124 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Silver

This is a lightened version of the Kcnc Ti road. It is identical to the Ti road but with
two changes. The main change is that the titanium shaft is machined out on 4 sides which shaves 5 grams of weight.
The other is that the logos are changed to gold. Overall this is just as good a skewer as the standard ti but with
less weight and an increase in price.

New Ultimate Road

New-Ultimate

  • Weight: 40 grams
  • Price: $100
  • Cam Travel: 1.75mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium rear, Aluminum front
  • Rod Length: 156 rear, 125 front
  • Colors: Black, Red, White

The New Ultimate also has a mixed shaft, titanium rear and aluminum front. Similar design
with a ball and brass socket cam to Kcnc and Far and Near. The New Ultimate has one of the nicest looking shapes on
the handle, but at the same time one of the least friendly on hand. The skewer works well and is reliable, but in my
opinion it’s real strength is in how it looks. It’s especially nice that it is available in white which is something
hard to find in skewers.

Shimano Dura Ace 9000

Dura-Ace

  • Weight: 127 grams
  • Price: $150
  • Cam Travel: 2.06mm
  • Rod Material: Steel
  • Rod Length: 166 rear, 130 front
  • Colors: Silver

The 9000 skewer is big, heavy and expensive, but it works like nothing else. At 2 to 3
times the weight of all the other skewers in the review this one seems a bit out of place. It’s here to show
differences from mainstream to more unique brands. Shimano does not design skewers to be light, they design them to
be functional. With that in mind it’s a total success. It’s handle is the easiest of all on the hand making it the
most comfortable to use. Clamping strength on the Dura Ace skewer is unmatched by virtually anything in the market
which is why many trials riders choose them to hold their wheels in place. If weight, price and aesthetics are of no
concern and the only thing that matters is performance this is a good choice.

Soul Kozak Road Titanium

Soul

  • Weight: 42 grams
  • Price: $100
  • Cam Travel: 2.7mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium
  • Rod Length: 163 rear, 128 front
  • Colors: Black

The Soul Kozak skewer has a large cam movement of of 2.7mm, the most of the test making
it quicker to operate with lawyer tabs. It has a nicely butted titanium shaft and a good looking handle. However
this is the only skewer in the review that requires manual alignment of the cam pieces and has too shallow of a cam
plate (plastic insert) and a nut that is awkward to adjust. It’s a great looking skewer with secure clamping force,
but it does take longer than others to operate.

Tune DC14 Road

Tune-DC14

  • Weight: 34 grams
  • Price: $135
  • Cam Travel: 1.08mm
  • Rod Material: Titanium rear, Aluminum front
  • Rod Length: 157 rear, 127 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green (2 shades)
    Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver

When this skewer first came out I remember looking at it and thinking, “wow that tiny
little carbon handle is going to snap if someone over tightens it.” I’m glad to say that here we are a couple years
later and we’ve never seen or heard of a broken one. This skewer is my favorite in terms of look. A ton of different
colors with a minimalist looking carbon handle means it looks good on any bike. The thin handle seems as though it
should be harder to open and close, but the length makes it perfectly functional. It’s easy on the hand, has a nut
that grips well and clamps securely. It uses a butted titanium rear and a butted aluminum front shaft.

Tune U20

Tune-Carbon

  • Weight: 21 grams
  • Price: $230
  • Cam Travel: 1.08mm
  • Rod Material: Carbon Fiber.
  • Rod Length: 160 rear, 122 front
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green (2 shades)
    Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver

When weight is the bottom line, this is really the only choice. At 22 grams there is no
other quick release skewer equal in weight that I am aware of. Like all the other skewers in the review there is no
weight limit on them even given their light weight nature. These are truly show pieces and deserving of being seen
outside of a hub where they can be appreciated, but that also comes at a hefty price.