For weight weenies that are more concerned with sleek looks and gram savings than saving a few seconds during a wheel swap, Halo’s Hex Skewers may fit the bill.

The axles are straight chromoly, so you’re not giving up strength like with some machined, unobtanium options, and end nuts are anodized alloy. The axles use a 5mm hex key bolt head on one end and thread into a steel “no turn” nut on the opposite end that makes tightening easy. The nut also has slots to fit a 15mm pedal wrench, too, just in case things aren’t cooperating.

Three standard versions are available: 100mm front and 130/135mm rear, plus two extra long versions for 100 and 130 hubs on bikes with thicker dropouts. Halo’s a UK brand, and US Retail is $18.99 (through BTI). Not bad for a set that weighs in at a combined 70g. They’re also presumably a bit more aero and, while not really touted as a security item like Atomic22’s bits, they’d certainly slow down a thief.


  1. I’m not sure why anybody would use QR skewers. Idiots don’t know what they’re doing with them, knowledgeable people have to fiddle to get the orientation right, and it gets even worse if you have to torque just the right amount of preload on crappy hubs.

    Of course I don’t have pits or a follow car.

  2. 70g is not WW….there are plenty way lighter…
    and then I personally use DT Swiss 112g that cost over 100 euros… hahaha!!

  3. Campy Seatpost- I use them because they work 100% of the time when used as intended. Is there some sort of anti-qr movement I don’t know about?

  4. @gravity – We usually have the allen wrench with us already for other problems as it is, so why not shave off the lever.

  5. Ummm, I was using the Control Tech Ti version of these in 1993…. which made sense as most QR’s on Mtn bikes blew chunks.

    What’s old is new again I guess.

    I now have a 142mm X12 on the rear and guess what? I need an allen key to undo it.

  6. @gravity: You already carry an allen wrench. With laywer tabs on modern forks and frames, bolt-ons are actually faster to set and remove.

    Of course nobody should use QRs anymore. 15mm/20mm and 135/142 x12 is the way to go. At the very least use 9mm/10mm thorugh axles or rear bolt on hubs for frames with QR drops.

  7. @gravity: I’d have to concede the point that a 5mm hex key is an exotic tool that most riders wouldn’t think to carry along with a spare tube and inflator.

    @vectorbug: how long does it take to fix a flat? Unless you’ve got rider support to do a ten second wheel change, QR doesn’t do much to make the experience faster or easier, it just makes putting the wheel back on more error prone. Journeymen screw the pooch, and their love child is the fork with lawyer lips. Masters fuss to make their levers line up in compliance with The Rules. Or everyone could just tighten a damn bolt.

  8. QR’s: simple and people have been using them successfully for years. The QR paranoia here is a bit over the top.

  9. This product has been available for at least 5 years, as most of my town bikes have them to prevent wheel theft. Why is this a featured article?

  10. I am with walt….many, many companies use these (open model, available in Taiwan) axles for city bikes as theft deterrent.

    new ano colorz hardly warrant an article.

  11. Are these NOS from the 90’s?

    They make great theft deterrent for the city bike. And A Great option to get a little tighter rigidity out of your 9mm setup.
    But if the objective is weight they really should be made out of Ti. Even the nut as to not strip under torque. Ti can be as strong as steel and as light as Alum alloy. Ti is not unobtanium and the cost really is not very high anymore.
    And seems the price is a little high for something that isn’t as light or as fancy as it could be. Not really a high end product.

What do you think?