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    Steel dropouts in bamboo frame?

    I'm looking for dropouts for my first bamboo frame, and I was hoping to use the sliding ones here. The only issue is that the bits that I'd be bonding to with epoxy are made of steel, and I've heard that epoxy and steel is more difficult than epoxy and aluminium, can anyone shed some light? Am I likely to have trouble with the joints?

    They do offer them in stainless, would it be better to order that, or regular steel?

    Thanks in advance

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    Steel can be bonded with the right epoxy but those dropouts you want don't really have a large enough tab to insert into the bamboo and provide adequate glueing surface.
    It's quite easy to just make your own sliding dropouts from aluminum plate and buy the inserts to go in them.
    The bamboo mtb I posted recently has handmade sliders with paragon inserts.
    It may seem like a sliding fit would be hard to achieve but with a drill, a good file and a bit of patience it can be done.
    I didn't have a full template but was able to get a precise measurement of the slot diameter from another bike ( a pen with the exact same diameter) and used that as a gauge.
    When the inserts arrived they were a perfect fit.

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    Thanks for the advice, looks like I'll go with that route if it's going to ba a problem using those dropouts. How did you cut the aluminium?

    Also, that bike looks incredible! I can't find the thread for some reason, was that your first bamboo build?

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    It wasn't my first bike but it was the first with those dropouts.
    You can cut aluminum by drilling a series of holes very closely together around the perimeter of your droput and cutting on the dotted line with a hacksaw and grinder.
    Then it can be cleaned up with a file and spindle sander. It seems a bit tedious but it goes faster than you would think.
    Aluminum is very easy to work with a good file and aggressive sandpaper.
    You could also do it with a metal cutting bandsaw but that may not be an available option.

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    I have a Dremel with a cutoff wheel, so I figure I'm set as far as cutting out between drilled holes is concerned. What alloy did you use, and how thick was it?

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    3/8 6061 is perfect. You can go with a stronger alloy but at 3/8 thick the 6061 is more than adequate and easy to work.
    Somewhere like metal supermarkets has scrap offcut pieces of aluminum suitable for dropouts. You can get headtube and seattube material there as well.

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    Canaboo, do you have to relieved the aluminum, or does it came relieved.?
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    Not doing intricate enough machining to worry about that.

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