Important and Useful Information on Skewers
Although Paragon Machine Works manufactures and stocks a wide variety of skewers, we can only guaranteed that they will work with our dropouts and inserts. The nominal length that we use to identify skewers is the rear spacing on your frame/hub. The actual length of the skewer is longer because it accounts for dropout thickness. For more information see the drawing links in the article below.
12 mm Rear Skewers
We carry Shimano E-Thru, DT Swiss RWS, Syntace, ToggleDrop, and Combination Head skewers for 12 mm rear hubs in a variety of lengths. For skewers that are longer than 142 mm (except for those originally manufactured by PMW), the original shaft has been replaced by a black anodized 6061 aluminum shaft manufactured by Paragon Machine Works. The lever mechanism is the manufacturer’s original one. We offer versions of dropouts and inserts that are compatible with both the Shimano and DT Swiss skewers (see product details). Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference which one to use. We have used them on different bikes and have had positive experiences with both.
The Shimano E-Thru skewer is threaded M12 x 1.5 with a genuine cam-style quick release lever. If your skewer nut is held captive, it must be oriented properly so the QR lever ends up in the proper position on the left side. Drawing: Shimano E-Thru
The DT Swiss RWS skewer is threaded M12 x 1 with a ratchet style lever that is tightened by hand. It has the index mechanism in the skewer handle so that the threaded portion in the dropout can be fixed. Drawing: DT Swiss RWS
We offer two skewers that are compatible with the Syntace X-12 System: one is manufactured by Syntace in a 142 mm length only. The other is made by DT Swiss and is available in different lengths to accommodate different width hubs. These skewers are compatible with all our Syntace dropouts.
OurToggleDrop skewer is only compatible with our ToggleDrop dropouts. A Shimano E-Thru 12 mm skewer has been replaced by a black anodized 6061 aluminum shaft offered in a variety of lengths, manufactured by Paragon Machine Works. The quick release mechanism is the original Shimano product. Included with the skewer are a titanium nut and washer manufactured by Paragon Machine Works.
Our Combination Head skewers are only compatible with our DT Swiss inserts and dropouts. They are threaded M12 x 1 mm on one end, the other end has a combination head with a 15 mm external hexagon and a 6 mm internal hexagon. They are offered in a variety of lengths. Drawing: Combination Head
15 mm Front Skewers
We stock DT Swiss RWS and PMW Combination Head 15 mm front skewers in a variety of lengths that are compatible with all our 15 mm front dropouts.
The DT Swiss RWS skewers are threaded M15 x 1.5 with a ratchet style lever that is tightened by hand. For skewers that are longer than 100 mm, the original shaft has been replaced by a black anodized 6061 aluminum shaft manufactured by Paragon Machine Works. The lever mechanism is the manufacturer’s original one. Drawing: DT Swiss RWS
The PMW 15 mm Combination Head skewers are available in a variety of lengths and are compatible with all our front 15 mm dropouts when used with nut DR4053 or DR4053B. They are threaded M15 x 1.5 mm on one end, and the other end has a combination head with a 15 mm external hexagon and a 6 mm internal hexagon. These skewers are a direct replacement for the DT Swiss 15 mm front skewer. Drawing: PMW Combination Head
12 mm Front Skewers
We stock DT Swiss RWS and PMW Combination Head 12 mm front skewers in 100 mm lengths and they are compatible with all our 12 mm front dropouts.
The original shaft of the DT Swiss RWS skewer has been replaced by a black anodized 6061 aluminum shaft manufactured by Paragon Machine Works. The lever mechanism is the manufacturer’s original one. It is threaded M12 x 1.5 mm. Drawing: DT Swiss RWS
The PMW 12 mm Combination Head skewer is 100 mm long and is compatible with all our 12 mm front dropouts. It is threaded M12 x 1.5 mm on one end, and the other end has a combination head with a 15 mm external hexagon and a 6 mm internal hexagon. Drawing: PMW Combination Head
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Straight Steel Steerer Tubes
We offer our 1-1/8" x 1-1/8" straight steerer tubes in 9-1/4" (MS2026, 11" total length) and 12-1/4" (MS2027, 14" total length) steerer lengths. They are made from 1-3/8" x .188" wall 4130 steel tubing. The crown race seat has a 1.200" diameter, and must be finished to size after fabrication by the frame builder.
Our new titanium socket head cap screws can be used for numerous applications on your bicycle frame. Weighing in at 5/8 the weight of a comparable steel screw and made to last, we carry them in four sizes: M5 x .8 x 10 mm with 4 mm internal hexagon (MS0050), M5 x .8 x 16 mm with 4 mm internal hexagon (MS0052), M6 x 1 x 16 mm (MS0054) with 5 mm internal hexagon, and M6 x 1 x 30 mm with 5 mm internal hexagon (MS0058).
58 Degree Steel Frame Components for Low Mount Disc Dropouts
Rocker Dropout Inserts for the Shimano Alfine Hub
Our newest Rocker dropout inserts have a longer axle slot to accommodate the anti-rotation washer on the Shimano Alfine hub. The right side is available without a hanger, DR4018 and B4018 (black anodized), and the left side is for ISO disc brake applications, DR4019 and B4019 (black anodized).
Titanium Seat Collar Pricing
Due to a change in our manufacturing process and the use of tubing instead of solid bar, we've been able to significantly reduce our pricing on our titanium seat collars. Check it out!
Meet Your Maker News
The Meet Your Maker Tour is your invitation to ride alongside and hang out with some of Northern California's best bicycle frame builders and component makers.
Ginduro, Quincy, CA
October 9 - 11, 2015
Paragon Machine Works will join a notable crew of frame builders at Grinduro. Grinduro is just what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + Mountain Bike-Style Enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments (each roughly five-to-seven minutes). But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping and a festival atmosphere. For more information visit the Grinduro website.
For the complete schedule of upcoming rides, visit the Meet Your Maker website.
Please join us at Biketoberfest Marin on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. This popular annual brewfest and festival of all things bicycle in beautiful Fairfax, CA (the birthplace of the mountain bike) features over 35 handcrafted beers from 22 of the West Coast's best brewers. Savor delicious brews, take in the gorgeous Marin October weather, and enjoy great food, a cargo bike show, a family fun zone for kids, group rides throughout the day, and more! There is something for everyone at Biketoberfest Marin. All proceeds from the brewfest benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes and their efforts to expand Marin County's network of bike lanes, pathways and trails.
11:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2015
FairAnselm Plaza Parking Lots
765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA
(near Iron Springs Pub and Fairfax Post Office)
Save the Date!
Philly Bike Expo
Come join us at the Philly Bike Expo on November 7 and 8th, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Philly Bike Expo is put on by Bilenky Cycle Works and is a celebration of bicycling. Now in its 6th year, the Philly Bike Expo promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels. The Philly Bike Expo creates an environment that fosters relationships between the cycling community and the dedicated companies and organizations that are the foundation of bicycles as a lifestyle. The purpose of this event is to admire the artisans whose craft enables us to ride two-wheeled art, to applaud the activists whose tireless efforts further our cycling infrastructure, and to explore cycling as a fun and efficient transportation alternative.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show returns to the West coast in 2016. It will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California on February 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2016. Come and see the work of some of the premier bicycle frame and component manufacturers throughout the world. Make sure to stop by our Booth #512 and say hello. If you love bicycles, this is an event that you don't want to miss!
During the month of September we raised $700 to benefit Friends of China Camp (FOCC). For October we will donate all our proceeds to Friends of Tamarancho to help them finish a new trail at Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax, CA. The Caballo Rojo Trail is a downhill trail that will allow bicyclists to avoid the cars on narrow Iron Springs Road, while providing a safer and more enjoyable off-road alternative.
Construction was started but is now on hold as the Marin Council Boy Scouts of America deal with extensive environmental examination by county, state, and federal agencies. An environmental consulting firm has been hired to coordinate and expedite this process at a cost of $50,000 to $75,000. When completed, Camp Tamarancho's entire trail systems will rise to a new level of long-term sustainability. The down side is that these costs were not in the original construction estimates, and must now be raised through donations.
Please join us in our efforts to help Friends of Tamarancho complete the Caballo Rojo Trail by buying one of our promotional items, or by clicking this link to make a direct donation.
We appreciate your support!
Total amount donated to date: $11,319
• Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition • National Interscholastic Cycling Association • Friends of China Camp • SF Urban Riders (McLaren Bike Park) • Bike East Bay • Friends of Tamarancho • In Memory of Tom Polermo • Marin Museum of Bicycling • The Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park • VetBikes.org • Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
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