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    Rear Axle Position

    On a bike with rear horizontal dropouts,does it matter where in the dropouts you position the axle?Front,middle or rear?

    I changed my rear freewheel from a Shimano 12-30 to a Shimano"Mega"(14-34T) and it seems to shift much,much better with the axle in the rear of the dropouts.I have downtube friction shifters,no indexing.
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    Nope. Whatever works best and still clears your brake pads. Just remember to cinch that QR down good.

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    Thanks,just looked sort of funny hanging back there...
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    Okay, I'm going to qualify a little; I seem to remember someone arguing that you got more precise shifts with the axle centered over the pivot point of the derailleur. But I think it's academic.

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