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All,

There are several models of Campagnolo road quick release skewers, including the Type 20, Type 40, Khamsin, Record, and Bora/Hyperion/Bullet models. The price differences between the models varies greatly. However, I can't find any descriptions of what the differences are.

I have a standard 11-speed road wheelset with 100F/130R spacing (not Campy), and I'm looking for a Campy internal-cam skewer set for them. Which Campy skewers will work and are there materials, construction, or weight differences? Thanks.

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    Skewers are interchangeable on standard wheels and not brand specific. – Carel May 20 '16 at 8:27
  • Carel, thanks. Are there materials, weight or construction differences that would help me choose between the skewers? Otherwise, why would the prices range so much between the models? – North Krimsly May 20 '16 at 16:53
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Campagnolo skewers are also called "Cam" skewers. There are two main types of QR skewer, enclosed cam and exposed cam.

So in terms of what's the difference between one set of Campagnolo skewers to another, is purely based on the model of wheel Campagnolo are promoting. It is unfortunate that like most Campagnolo parts, you pay a premium for a part that could be bought for a non-Campagnolo drive train, and for a 1/3 of the cost. But Campagnolo love re-inventing the wheel (pun intended), so they have create different LENGTH skewers for different wheels.

Generally...

  • Type 20 - Shamal Ultra, Eurus, Zonda and Neutron Ultra Wheels
  • Type 40 - Vento, Khamsin and Khamsin CX Wheels
  • Generic - everything else

So you really need to be careful as what is your hub's inner-core LENGTH, not width.

AFAIK, the skewer rod diameter is the same for all their wheels, for safety reasons.

To be safe and sure, I would only use Campagnolo skewers on Campagnolo wheels, as per the above.

Other makers are much more sensible and have a generic brand for most of their wheels. I mean (personal rant), it's ridiculous to think a Campagnolo skewer is also marketed specifically to the number of cogs on your cassette - 9, 10 or 11 speed variations! It's just marketing spin.

Measure your wheels to be sure and shop accordingly.

Another good answer, and again based on lengths and spacings of the wheel hub is here.

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    Can you explain how skewer length can vary if they still fit the same frame spacing? – ojs Mar 12 '18 at 17:22
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    That does not answer the question at all. – ojs Mar 13 '18 at 6:10
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    Most of this seems to be irrelevant information about the history of Campagnolo and quick-release, which makes it hard to find the answer to the actual question. I think this answer would be much better if you trimmed it down. – David Richerby Jun 20 '18 at 20:40
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    The rest of this answer is plain wrong and should be downvoted to oblivion or deleted. – ojs Jun 22 '18 at 14:16
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    @Criggie the first paragraph of the content you removed... I just found it verbatim on this page: hub.chainreactioncycles.com/buying-guides/wheels-and-tyres/… which means that one plagiarised the other. – Swifty Mar 30 '19 at 8:53
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With respect to @fandango68, there are a number of misstatements. This part appears correct:

Type 20 - Shamal Ultra, Eurus, Zonda and Neutron Ultra Wheels

Type 40 - Vento, Khamsin and Khamsin CX Wheels

Generic - everything else

I added links to stores that sell the first two types of skewers. I can't find a generic level of Campy skewer. Also, the post may have missed one yet fancier class of Campy skewer for their Bora, Hyperon, or Bullet wheels.

It appears, from browsing Internet catalogs, that the Type 20 skewers and the Hyperon-level ones are an internal cam design, meaning the cam mechanism that closes the skewer is shielded from elements. The 40s appear to be external cam, as corroborated by this post on Velocipede Salon. There are probably some material differences between all the levels of skewers, but I have not physically held any of them. My last pair of Campy skewers is a pair of all steel Record skewers from the 10s era, about the mid 2000s - the nuts, the cam housing, every thing is made of steel. They're heavy but very pretty and functional.

From looking at the catalogs, I would guess that the current high-end Campy skewers probably have some plastic/composite in non-structural places, e.g. the endcaps might have a metal clamping surface surrounded by a plastic nut. I believe this would be true on Shimano's skewers also. I don't know what material Campy's external cam skewers use; I would have to guess that there may be more plastic. This is a guess, I have not personally handled any current-gen Campy skewers.

External cam skewers are usually lighter, but they can get more easily contaminated, and they take more effort to close. More reading at these links. Some prefer internal cam - I'm starting to lean this way.

https://www.bikeradar.com/us/gear/article/angryasian-death-to-crappy-quick-release-skewers-36417/ https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a20048321/3-quick-releases-that-wont-fail/

Last, there is absolutely no reason to

... only use Campagnolo skewers on Campagnolo wheels, as per the above.

Campy skewers will work with anybody's wheels, provided the hubs take quick release skewers. Heck, Campy skewers on Shimano wheels will work, and vice versa (the two companies are long time rivals). Also, I haven't really seen this:

it's ridiculous to think a Campagnolo skewer is also marketed specifically to the number of cogs on your cassette - 9, 10 or 11 speed variations! It's just marketing spin.

Sometimes, when people refer to Campy, they'll state the number of speeds to help readers approximately place the groupset era. Shimano has model numbers (e.g. DA 7700 is early 2000s, 9s Dura Ace), but I don't recall that Campy does this. However, if I said 10s Campy Record (like I did above), you know that this refers to components from the early to late 2000s (roughly).

I suspect that fandango may have seen people say this, but it definitely is not a technical issue. Skewers from any era will physically fit into the OP's wheels if the dropout spacing is correct - since about 8-speed, road bikes have had 130mm dropout spacing, so "8-speed" Campy skewers will work with any road bike that takes QR skewers that's been built since that era. I don't recall that Campy skewers are specifically marketed to work with a particular number of speeds. If their literature implies that, just ignore it, it's BS, and most people who are familiar with bikes know this.

  • @DavidRicherby a lot of my previous answer was actually an erroneous cut and paste from the earlier answer. I had meant to edit most of it out. I corrected my answer. That said, you may also want to direct this criticism to him - he was the one who discussed the history of QR skewers first. – Weiwen Ng Jun 20 '18 at 19:31
  • Aha! Makes much more sense, now. Thanks for editing. I’ve deleted my comment on your answer and put something under the other one. – David Richerby Jun 20 '18 at 20:41
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    Adding to my previous answer: my "10s" Campagnolo Record skewers are not actually all steel. I took mine out and used a magnet on them. The endcaps are both aluminum. The lever appears to be steel, the rod is definitely steel. I'm switching to Shimano, and I got a pair of 6800 Ultegra skewers. The left endcap is actually plastic, but it houses a serrated steel ring to help clamp the dropouts better. Right endcap appears to be alloy. So does the lever. – Weiwen Ng Jul 6 '18 at 17:33

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