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Vertical dropout fixie: Is it worth it?(4 posts)

Vertical dropout fixie: Is it worth it?timfire
Oct 28, 2003 10:04 PM
How many of you have actually converted a bike with vertical or semi-vertical dropouts to a fixie, and used that bike as your main everyday-bike? I ask because that's what I've done. I converted my Jamis Quest with semi-vertical drops to fixed/SS about 9 or 10 thousand miles ago.

The problem is that the chain wears so fast! And when it does, there's nothing that can be done except replace the chain. In the time since I've converted the bike, I think I've replaced the chain 4 times. And that's with the semi-vertical drops, which means I can pull the chain back a lttle. If the bike had true vertical drops, I probably would have had to changed the chain at least one other time.

Granted, I don't take the best care of my chain, but I'm changing my chain more often than my tires! I get sick of it.

Am I over-reacting? What experience have you all had?

--timfire
I would not do it againLC
Oct 28, 2003 11:35 PM
I tried a true vertical dropout. One chain was too tight and the next was too loose. After trying several chains I found one just right...until a few rides before it would throw the chain on a bump. I think I may have got thru one ride without some sort of chain problem. I finally had to give up and admit that it just is not one of my best ideas.
that's how I got startedpauly
Oct 29, 2003 10:41 AM
My first roadbike, a Trek 1000 with vertical drops transformed perfectly into 42x15 fixed-gear. I was hooked, and rode the bejeezus out of that bike. When I started hitting some hillier rides, the 75" gear was a little too tall, so I retired the Trek for a DeBernardi with horizontal drops. If I were in the same situation today, I would definitely consider the Eno eccentric hub.
re: Vertical dropout fixie: Is it worth it?victorthewombat
Oct 30, 2003 2:41 PM
Tim

You could go with the White Industries eno, or if the frame still has lots of miles on it; get a frame builder to convert to track fork ends. This probably cost $100, $125 plus paint, but you would be so far ahead.