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Old 07-16-09, 08:06 AM   #1
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track end pics.....the devil's in the details....

can i see some pics of good looking track ends with frame info....i have been looking at getting a dedicated track frame/bike to replace my conversion but everytime i make up my mind i see a photo of the track ends and it kills the deal...bad welding, stamped....etc.....thanks, bob
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Jamis sputnik has nice dropouts, so does Alien I believe. I also like Surly Steamroller dropouts.
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You should worry more about the geometry and fit of the frame if you care about riding. The way the dropouts look on a mass produced frame has never been a deal breaker for me. They all look like crap for one reason or another. If it is that big of deal for you, go custom.
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1fluffhead....i know i know.....but you have to admit there is something nice about a good looking track end....
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1fluffhead....i know i know.....but you have to admit there is something nice about a good looking track end....
No doubt. I have just not seen anything that is mass produced that really looks good. The only ones that I have ever seen that were really hot were all custom.

What frame(s) have been you been considering and what has been the fail for you for the dropouts?
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Sputnik has lost wax dropouts which are top notch, investment cast dropouts. Check it out. Great bike in general, too.
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kilo....rush hour....burroughs....khs flite.....i am sure they are all strong enough and, like fluffhead says,there are other more important things to consider....i will probably end up getting the rush; it's ends aren't the handsomest but seems to be a great frame for the dough....steamroller and se premium brew have nice looking ends but more relaxed geometry which is not what i am looking for...apparently the 2010 rush will have some nice tange ends; perhaps i'll wait....were i able to find the sputnik, frame only, i might go that way, but as it stands i have already started acquiring parts and purchasing complete bike is no longer an option.....guess i just wanted to see some nice ends.....those courage ones are beautiful...bob
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they eyelets are brazed on but still sexy
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But won't they get all scraped up anyway?
Who cares...
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seems all the ends i admire are nice and beefy; so, maybe not just aesthetic....
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yup once they have been kissed they tend no to look so good
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Sputnik has lost wax dropouts which are top notch, investment cast dropouts. Check it out. Great bike in general, too.
Sputnik is getting a lot of love on here, lately!
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Paul dropouts are so nice!
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Sputnik is getting a lot of love on here, lately!
That's cause I'm on here all the time and I love that freakin bike haha.

Those dropouts posted above are soo cool lookin

OP- I should also mention that you should look for a bike that has built in chain tensioners in the dropouts. It's a minor detail, but it comes in handy. When I put my rear wheel on, I don't have to worry about messing w/ it to get proper chain tension or wheel alignment. I just push it on to my two screws and know it's in the perfect spot. Not a big deal, but definitely convenient.
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I'd like my bike to have those adjusters
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Old 07-16-09, 03:47 PM   #22
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Courage needs to work on their kerning.
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Lol th ey sur e do.
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dropouts aint bad on my next frame



but what's got me is the bottom bracket:
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glad to see someone has already covered vanilla and courage. pure sex and function, respectively.

here's those sputnik track ends. made by maxway. photo is more hub than track end i guess, but you get the idea. cog is now EAI 16t for the record.

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