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So what makes a skewer a good one?
My ultimate aim is to ensure I eliminate lateral play so all the power goes where it should.
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Similarly I suspect the error margins in your testing protocol are too big to give meaningful results. However if you want to get the most clamping force, the internal-cam skewers are better than the external cam ones. I think Shimano continues to use the internal cam skewers only.
However to eliminate brake rub you need to either:
a) acquire stiffer wheels/frame, both of which come with a weight penalty, or
b) use the quick release mechanism on your brakes to give you more clearance on the uphills, and close them up again for the descents.
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Sheldon Brown discussed Enclosed Cam and Exposed Cam Skewers many years ago.
This type was originally marketed as an "upgrade" because it could be made a little bit lighter.
Despite the marketing hype associated with these "boutique" skewers, they are actually considerably inferior in functionality to the traditional type.
Beyond clamping force, a specific issue a good friend experienced with fancy schmancy skewers is poor grip on the dropouts and when putting down power, the rear wheel slipped so was fairly dangerous. The solution, old reliable skewers and the problem was solved.
I don't know if any of this relates to your problem, but you can consistently switch to produce / eliminate the brake rub, then you are onto something.
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weighed them last night, my standard dt-swiss skewer (not a special one, the standard one that came with the wheels) is 60grams and the one for the trainer is 100 grams.
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