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Technical FAQ: Rear wheel slipping in the dropouts

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published Sep. 9, 2009
  • Updated Feb. 24, 2011 at 9:41 PM EDT

Dear Lennard,
Any advice on keeping a rear wheel in a drop out? My drive side pulls out occasionally when I torque hard or pull out from a standing stop. I’ve noticed the problem is worse with titanium and chromed frames that I’ve owned.

I’ve tried cranking down hard on the quick-release lever, making sure the nut on the drive side is very tight, and using different makes of quick-release levers. All seem to be temporary solutions at best.

It also seems to be a problem with different makes of wheels, Campy (which I run most), Shimano, Mavic, etc.
-Rick

Dear Rick,
The best solution I have is to get some of these DT Swiss skewers. They allow you to crank down harder on the dropout than most quick releases.
-Lennard

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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