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I'm watching a real nice frame on Ebay to make a fixie with but it has vertical dropouts.
I've done a search and come up with eccentric hubs, Is there any other option? Half link chain and try to get it as close as possible with very good cog selection?.
13-03-09, 05:25 PM
eccentric hubs arent that expensive. white industries are only $125 i think.
i wouldnt go anything else.
you can NOT run a tensioner, period. and magic ratios are a gimmick:p
From looking at the picture they appear to be semi horizontal which should give enough movement. Using a half link chain will also help. They don't look too different to mine.
Jim bundy ftw!
i was just thinking about getting a bundy frame this morning haha
14-03-09, 02:07 PM
I wouldn't bother trying to make a fixie out of a frame with those drop-outs, too much hassle IMHO.
On one hand, in my opinion, it is too much hassle with those kind of dropouts. On the other hand though, if you spend the money on an eccentric bottom bracket/rear hub, you can pretty much use any frame you want after that. As previously stated, for the convenience and performance, eccentric hubs are not that expensive. Depending on how much you got the frame for I would say go for it.
Thanks for the info guys, the auction got pulled off ebay 2day before the auction was set to end :(
15-03-09, 08:06 PM
My advice would be to get horizontal dropouts, you will only end up wishing you had later as you get into riding and maintaining a fixed bike. It's tough enough to get a straight chainline without messing with halflinks etc... Plus horizontal dropouts just look so much cleaner. If you get a frame for next to nothing then fair enough but if you have a choice like you do now go for the horizontals.
The bike pictured above has semi vertical dropouts which give enough room to tension the chain for any gearing provided you have correct chain length. you may have to play around with cogs & chainrings to get exactly what you want but you waon't need an eccentric hub.
This is a vertical drop out. There in nowhere for the axle to move.
thanks to Sheldon Brown (rip) for the pics.
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