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Wheel position in drop out / Surly(3 posts)

Wheel position in drop out / Surlyjrm
Dec 31, 2001 8:38 AM
Hi, I was wondering if wheel position in the rear dropout makes any difference in the handling of the bike.

The LBS positioned the rear wheel on my cross check closer to the openning of the dropout to shorten the wheelbase. I've noticed the dropout is about an inche to 1-1/8"s long.
re: Wheel position in drop out / Surlygtx
Dec 31, 2001 9:57 AM
Gios seems to think it can--check out the design of their "compact" dropouts--and in theory, sure, it does. But I doubt you can feel much of a difference out riding. Horizontal dropouts are mostly about being able to get the right wheel position even if your frame isn't perfectly straight, and they also allow you to set your bike up as a fixie. I generally position my wheel right in the middle of the horizontal dropout.
don't know about for cross, butRay Sachs
Jan 2, 2002 8:12 AM
for general riding, it can make a difference. On my touring bike, the chainstay dimension ranges from 44.5 cm with the wheel right near the opening to 46.5 with the wheel shoved all the way back in the dropout. I definitely notice a difference - with the wheel all the way back it feels like a hurricane couldn't knock that bike off of it's line - just remarkably stable but not very responsive. With the wheel shoved as far forward as it'll go, the bike is still fairly stable, but much more responsive - feels sort of like a sport-tourer rather than a hard core tourer.

Play around with it - see if you can tell the difference.