753 changing dropouts

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753 changing dropouts

Postby belgiangoth » 9 Jan 2017, 6:21pm

I have a nice 753 frame, but would like to run it fixed. I could just go with a completely new frame, but could I get the dropouts swapped from vertical to horizontal (forward facing so that I can reverse the fixed gear procedure)?
I know you can't respect 753 but surely you can change the dropouts.
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Re: 753 changing dropouts

Postby Brucey » 9 Jan 2017, 6:39pm

IIRC the stays are not heat treated in the same way as the main 753 tubes, so are not subject to the same brazing constraints as the other tubes.

BTW if you can find a competent welder, it is usually possible to cut the dropouts off (mid-dropout) and extend them in a different style. This can be done without affecting the brazed joints to the original dropouts. If this is done well, and the welds are dressed nicely, you can't tell such a modification has been made.

FWIW I would agree that you fit slotted road dropouts; this will give you the option to run fixed now, but also gears later on if you change your mind.


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Re: 753 changing dropouts

Postby djnotts » 12 Jan 2017, 8:57pm

Or...keep am eye out for an Eno Eccentric!

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Re: 753 changing dropouts

Postby elPedro666 » 12 Jan 2017, 9:40pm

Big fan of the ENO, not so much of chopping beautiful 753, but then some would accuse of me of sentimentalism...

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Re: 753 changing dropouts

Postby Threevok » 13 Jan 2017, 1:20pm

If you are going to be putting new dropouts in, it may be worth considering doing it in such as way that you can use "Swap-outs" to change between the two - like the DMR ones on my Kinesis Virtue (Pictured with horizonal dropouts)