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Paul Components gets patriotic with Red, White & Blue QR Skewers for 4th of July

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The Spirit of Paul skewers are a limited time offering that celebrates the United States of America’s birthday with a special red, white & blue anodized color scheme. OK, so it’s red, chrome & blue, which just makes those colors shine brighter!

No matter how loose you get on the holiday, the skewers promise to hold it all together to get you home safely. Or at least just keep your wheels from comin’ off. Well, your bike’s wheels anyway. They’re made of stainless steel and 7075 aluminum and are available in four widths. More pics and tech specs below…

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Sizes and Weights:

  • 100mm: 50 grams
  • 130/135mm: 63 grams
  • 170mm: 68 grams
  • 190mm: 72 grams

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Retail is $60 each, so $120 per set. They use their internal cam, keeping the moving parts out of harms way.

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Gunnstein
Gunnstein
7 years ago

French, Dutch, Thai, Icelandic and Norwegian colour scheme, wow! Never knew USicans could be so internationaly minded, and on their own national day, even. Kudos!

Perry Rhodan
Perry Rhodan
7 years ago

(deleted) Let’s see some details of that disc brake instead.

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

Not a big fan of Paul Component Engineering anymore. It looks pretty and is made to good tolerances, but most of it is marketing fluff: “CNC”, “Made in the USA”, “we’re the little guy”. But the stuff doesn’t always work well. In my experience, their durability is hit and miss. I had a sealed bearing front hub of theirs, it had a giant 25.4mm axle and titanium bolts. After about two and a half years, the thing developed play. I replaced the bearings, but the hub shell had stretched, so the play remained. The hub had been discontinued, Paul himself told me on the phone in this voice like he was in awe of me that I had this rare, important museum piece (that hub model had been discontinued).
I remember also their brake levers, which also looked cool, but had a somewhat wobbly pivot that was totally unsealed and made of brass. Dirt and corruption would get in there, and get impregnated in the soft brass, necessitating a cleaning. They also visibly flexed when you pulled hard. Woo-hoo. What are they, 140 bucks a set?
I did have their V-Brakes, pretty good stuff, with a good QR design.
The QR’s here look pretty good. But Shimano XT would do a great job, too.
Gunnstein- you forgot Russia, another country with a sprawling geography that isolates its citizens, making them patriotic. It’s easy to be patriotic when you’re not surrounded by constant comparisons between yourself and other countries. Geographically, Northern Europe won the lottery- it’s made up of tiny countries near major trade routes (almost all of Sweden’s population is in a narrow 500km band- easy to provide social services to everyone) and oil deposits (Norway). You’re simply luckier than US citizens, who are luckier than Russians, who are less lucky than, most Chinese, who are luckier than Chadians. Your societies are morally superior, but are made up of individuals like you who were simply lucky to be born where you were born. Your own pride seems to be based on complacency and your own personal luck…

Bernie
Bernie
7 years ago

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Jame$
Jame$
7 years ago

Hooray Internet! It’s not often a skewer shout-out can inspire a concise summary of a company that transitions into a more concise summary of Europe and its relation to the world. Just remember that a geographic lottery is not really a thing, let alone one to be “won” – it is all a process of people living on a land with various properties. Geography is a science, not a sport. Can we say the Manhattan Project “won” against atoms?

With that, can you please make a flow chart or graph showing each nation’s luck?

+1 for mentioning Chad and its residents.

Sevo
Sevo
7 years ago

I think Tim is having a bad day.

I’ve had a Paul’s rear SS hub for 5 years now I got used. Still smooth and sweet. I actually was the other eay, once thought it was spending a bit much, but now I am planning on building a matching front wheel.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

@Tim
Epic dude

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

My life is good- I am in a warm, sunny place with mountains, an under-celebrated cuisine, and a balmy climate. I am lucky to have chosen this particular place.
I do get a bit steamed when people from Scandinavia make trite digs at plain folks from the US. I really respect those countries on the whole for making peaceful, egalitarian societies that pollute less than us. Good values, no? But some of the people from there just judge everyone as ‘Muricans. And that grates when it comes from someone you respect and would like to emulate.
I am glad others have had better luck with Paul stuff than I have in general. It definitely is nice to buy something (regardless of brand or what others say), and find that it works well for five or more years with nothing more than an occasional bit of maintenance. Major, major bonus: when the reliable stuff you bought not only keeps functioning with nothing more than minor maintenance, but also stays on par performance-wise with the new stuff, and doesn’t become obsolete because of changing standards. The Paul V-Brake I had was great, but I sold it to switch to BB7’s- one of the best and most reliable bike parts ever made even if it is low-flash. Interesting, Paul is one of the only companies left over from the CNC era.

Gunnstein
Gunnstein
7 years ago

@Tim Next time, try asking rather than assuming what other people think, maybe? I was making fun of US patriot-/nationalism, but I’m not a fan of nationalism in any nation, including my own. Makes no sense to be proud of where I was born, I had no say in the matter. US nationalism is just an easy target because it’s so massively exposed everywhere, including here on BR.

“trite digs at plain folks from the US” I don’t recall doing that. What people on this planet is not plain, when it comes down to it?

Russia is a good one, I also forgot UK, AUS, NZ and tons of others. Red/white/blue is popular.

Yes, my country won the lottery. But morally superior? Hardly. We pollute little, but we do export oil, gas and coal to other countries who do the polluting for us.

scant
scant
7 years ago

given the majority of higher end mtbs now use thru-axles, rather than quick release, it would be nice to see Pauls offer a thru axle variation of these QRs

Aaron
Aaron
7 years ago

Yeah, QR is cool, and ‘Merica is cool,l but the rest of the MTB industry moved to Thru-axles YEARS ago. When they were originally developing these prototypes I saw a thru-axle variant that never made it to market. What’s the holdup on those?

Heffe
Heffe
7 years ago

I don’t care too much about skewers, let’s see that disc brake!

iridebikes
iridebikes
7 years ago

Thru axle options and disc brakes please!

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