The internal cam (as found on Shimano quick releases) is perhaps undervalued as a safety device, as quick releases with external cams that rely on contoured plastic washers can rattle loose or, if you’re not careful, be closed without being completely seated in the washer. What happens next? The washer could rotate in place, and the quick release becomes loose. We can unfortunately attest to the painful consequences of this too-easy-to-make operational error.
Paul employs a weather-resistant rubber orange grip o-ring on the end cap, which is reminiscent of WTB Grease Guard components’ orange rubber seals (this exact color is the most weather-proof, according to Paul). The quick releases are to be officially released in 2014, and weight and prices were not yet available. They’ll accommodate 135mm hubs, which means a bit of the threaded rod will stick out on 130mm spaced road bikes if you don’t trim it.
Bright anodized colors are partially what made Paul Components and competitors like Ringle famous, and the company now offers two ways to get your favorite components in color. Starting this past August, the company offers every component in a special color for the month. August was orange, this month it’s Purple. The calendar of colors is below and on their website.
Have your heart set on orange, and bummed to have missed the month? Don’t fret. Just pony up $75 and you can color a whole batch of components in the color of your choice.
More info: www.paulcomp.com
Check back often for more Interbike 2013 cyclocross bikes and gear. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the mountain of cyclocross goodies we found in Vegas.