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This RWS Thru Bolt w/Aluminum Lever is the latest version of DT's RWS technology. Where the standard RWS Thru Bolt uses a carbon reinforced plastic lever arm, you'll get a lever made from machined aluminum here. The weight is exactly the same, and you'll perhaps get more durability in the event of a crash with these alloy bits, not to mention the appeal of the more sculpted look.

RWS stands for Ratchet Wheelmounting System. It has the look of a quick release (minus the springs), but in place of a lever attached to a cam, there's a lever attached to a bolt head. Turn the lever clockwise to tighten. When there is sufficient resistance (15nm), stop turning. Press the red button to position the lever in a place where it won't get knocked around. You're done, and the benefits are pretty obvious. It provides up to 50% greater clamping force than with a conventional quick release, which can be a great thing when riding a disc brake in front as it will resist the twisting forces better. And, they make it super easy to pop your wheels off your bike. The oversized shafts are high-strength, light weight 7075 aluminum, as are the lever arms. Want it off? Just start turning the lever counter-clockwise to loosen.

The DT Swiss RWS Thru Bolt w/ Aluminum Lever is available to fit three hub configurations -- Front 9x100mm, Rear 10x135mm, Rear 12x142mm (Syntace X-12 type). The weights are as follows: 49g (front 9 x 100) 63g (rear 10 x 135.)

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check your thread pitch

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These have a 1mm thread pitch. Some frames ( mine for example) require a 1.5mm or other thread pitch. Check to make sure this is what you need.

I have DTswiss racheting skewers on my road bike, and they work great. I bet these would as well, if they fit my bike.

Easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love it! Easy to use and very convenient.

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Do these work with any hub? Looking to put one on my White Industries MI6 rear hub on my CX bike (10x135), and wondering if it's just a straight swap. Would love to throw some on my old 29er wheels too in that case (Bontrager Rhythm).

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    WARNING this product does not include the nut! It is shown as a complete unit axle and nut.

    Did you contact competitive cyclist about this?


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Cool, but cam based through bolts work well, too. I've never had an internal cam quick release get knocked open on the trail, but I have had these self loosen a bit, on the trail. Try to position the lever so that if it gets knocked or starts to self loosen for any reason, it will get stopped by your frame/fork.

    Stiff and easy to use

      Wish this released years ago. A very simple and well executed idea. Increases stiffness, which is always a good thing. Arguably easier to use than QR. And you can position the lever at any angle, out of harm's way.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The DT Swiss 10 mm Thru Bolt Skewer has been a great help in securing the rear wheel on my Santa Cruz Butcher frame compared to the old 10mm qr. The spring loaded mechanism is great! I am able to put the lever in exactly the position I want with very little effort and creates the correct bearing preload every time.

      Great upgrade from Standard QR

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I got this because I went to the 135 x 10 on the rear wheel and this system is as easy if not easier than the standard qr. I was pretty surprised the difference in stiffness this upgrade has made from this one little bolt, make the change if you have an option with your current hub setup.