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horizontal and vertical rear dropouts on frame(2 posts)

horizontal and vertical rear dropouts on frameP Keller
Feb 5, 2002 6:00 AM
Is there any big advantages or disadvantages of one over the other or is it a non issue for frame selection?
Depends on usagebigdave
Feb 5, 2002 7:14 AM
This may be oversimplifying things, but here goes...

Horizontal are usually only seen on track bikes, or other fixed or single-speed bikes where chain tension is not handled by a derailleur, but by moving the rear wheel in the dropouts. The same goes for semi-veritical, but they are more readily used as conventional derailleured bikes (Surly Crosscheck).

Vertical dropouts are pretty much the standard out there, and virtually every road bike made these days sports these puppies. Why? It's a whole lot easier to pop off the rear wheel... flip the skewer, pull down, and it's out. They also tend to be very secure when skewer tension is good.

That make sense? Help?

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