quick question on rear drop outs — BikeRadar
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quick question on rear drop outs
edited August 2010
My frame has quite long horizontal rear drop outs. How far up them should I position the wheels - as far up/in as they can go or just in the middle. About to fit a new chain so position will need to stay the same from now on....
How far back they go can affect shifiting up and down the cogs. You might find that the dropouts aren't perfectly aligned and the wheel would not be aligned with them fully home.
The old fork adjusters were good for sorting out ideal position. If you don't have provision for them it is down to trial and error - if you do have provision for them get some!
Some like to move the wheel as far forward as possible to quicken the steering and create a stiffer chainstay due to it's shorter length to the axle. Both effects are very minimal, if detectable at all, in most cases. Moving rearward allows more tire and mudguard clearance if needed.