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Bad Dropouts(4 posts)

Bad Dropoutscampguy
Aug 20, 2003 4:58 AM
I have a new Orbea Zona (Zona Steel) Frame. I ordered it from Ordea-Usa Direct. With my 1st frame I noticed that the tire would rub on the non drive side seat stay. After investigating the problem I found that the screwer would slip on the drive side. I sent digital pics to Orbea and they said the drop out was damage due to improper scewer use (My Fault), They would warranty it anyway. I said thanks and they sent me a new frame. Well I road the new frame this weekend and guess what...The wheel slips in this frame too. I looked at the dropout very closely and noticed that the wheel axel has much more room to move around. I compared it to my Cyclo-Cross bike (Which has Ritchy Dropouts). Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas on fixing it?

re: Bad DropoutsLEW
Aug 20, 2003 5:45 AM
I have never seen this on a frame with steel dropouts. The skewer will normally "bite" with no problem. You normally will see this on Ti frames with 6/4 dropouts. The 6/4 Ti is diamond hard and the skewer has trouble biting. With this said, for some reason you may have hardened dropouts or lightweight skewers that you can not get enough bite into the dropout. You may have to try and "heavier" skewer that you can get more bite with. I have seen this work on the above mentioned Ti problem.
Good luck.
One thoughtNessism
Aug 20, 2003 6:28 AM
Make sure your skewer and wheel axle, have steel serrations on the surfaces that mate to the frame. The steel will bite into the dropout better than aluminum serations preventing the slippage. Also, make sure you run the quick release tight. After a little usage, the dropout surfaces will roughen up so you shouldn't have to run the skewer quite so tight.

Good luck.

re: Bad DropoutsSpiderman
Aug 20, 2003 9:18 AM
The problem may lie with their being too much axle. meaning that the QR will bottom out on the axle rather than clamping down onto the D/O.

I had this problem when i switched forks and the D/Os were different thicknesses. I don't know if the wheel came off another frame or what but that could be a culprit. Usually not likely though due to gross incompetencies of manufacturers/mechanics but a possibility nonetheless.