Quick Review: Halo’s light, slip-resistant Hex Key Skewers
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When looking for a bolt-on skewer to keep our Project 1.2 On-One Lurcher’s rear wheel from slipping in its horizontal dropouts, I decided to give the rear half of Halo’s GBP8 (under $15) Hex Key Skewer set a try. Not often seen on our side of the world, Halo is a budget-minded wheelgoods brand out of the UK. A nice deep CNC machined end cap looked able to take the recommended 7 ft-lb torque and a built-in “no-turn tab” make it easier to deliver. How has the rear Halo handled single speed life? Hit the jump to find out!
Combined with the Roval Control Carbon wheelset’s knurled DT-Swiss hub ends and the Lurcher’s somewhat soft aluminum dropouts, the Halo has held tighter than the DT RWS skewer it replaced- staying put beyond where my legs run out of torque. The pressed-in “no-turn tab” wasn’t seated properly from the factory, but was easy enough to pull out and re-seat and has kept the nut end from spinning during installation (cone wrench flats are also provided for the same reason).
Torquing a skewer to 7 ft-lb can be unnerving, but the Halo skewer’s threads have easily taken the torque. Though quick release skewers are on their way out for mountain bikes, Halo’s Hex Skewers are a good and inexpensive way to add a bit of solidity, slow a thief, add some color, or shave some weight from any number of bikes. Price right, problem, solved, product recommended.