What can be said about 38 grams of Titanium? I guess it's similar to what can be said for a fine French meal of Pan Seared Muscovy Duck Breast with Saffron Quince and an apertif of Foie Gras Terrine with Caramelized Citrus Fruit, all washed down with succulent wine from a vineyard in the South of France... You pay more for less but you savor every morsel. In this case you get almost 50% less. At 38 grams these M2 Racer rods weigh in at around half the weight of the skewers that come stock on Mavic's Ksyrium SSL's. And no, there is no pandering to the French here... I'm not a fan of the French, Mavic just happens to make a good wheel.
Back on topic, M2's skewers use a sleek minimalist design. Simple Ti rods with, bare minimum, aluminum threaded caps and just a smidge of aerospace aluminum in the quick release cam. For a splash of color, there is a small nub on the end of the QR lever that is made of red plastic. One could almost see this as a decadent excess when you realize they could have shaved .002 grams if they had chosen to leave the nubs off. Sarcasm?? Yea...
If the form is minimalist, how is the function?
So, I've talked about the simple elegant design of the skewers but how do they work? They work without flaw. I am an average weight rider, who rides on brutally pothole riddled roads. Thus far the Ti skewers have given me no complaints. Ridden on salted wintery roads, the skewers have yet to show any signs of corrosion (unlike my Ultegra skewers which do). The action on the QR was something I had initially thought might cause some issues but, has operated with machined precision since the day I put them on. It's almost a little disconcerting to put the skewers on when you see how little there is to them. Yet they perform their duty with the utmost adeptness.
The only drawback I can see to M2 Racer's Ti skewers is the price tag. At 106 smackeroos (US Dollars) for the pair, you have to be either a true weight weenie extraordinaire, an art lover, or an athlete who must absolutely have the best - no matter what the cost.
The wrap up:
Beautiful, lightweight (the lightest weight skewer in the world actually), sleek, functional, very cool - the price tag might actually outweigh the product...