The only time I ever had a wheel slip forward was when using a Phil Wood hub on my Leader 725 - mainly due to the Phil Wood axle hardware. I switched hubs and my wheel never slipped again. If axles aren't slipping all over the place on a steel frame, they're not going to be slipping on an aluminum frame with steel inserts.
I've seen some bikes with single-sided dropous get chewed up pretty bad and unfortunately, not everyone knows how to properly tighten their axle nuts to prevent such damage.
My kilo, with its solid steel dropouts, has never slipped.
I think it's just a poor argument for them. The wheel slipping? Track bikes were steel before they were anything else.
I'd just say that it isn't necessary. The paint doesnt get chewed up on the inside, cause there isn't anything rotating. On the outside, the axle twists against the metal, messing up paint. On the inside it doesn't.
But if you're gonna do inserts, why wouldn't you plate both sides?
fwiw, my Rumrunner had been flawless in performance. no frills and has taken everything i've thrown at it.
trying to justify a French 75 for a Spring build. stable is a little crowded, but i don't currently have an aluminum/carbon trackie.......
325 with a carbon fork is hard to argue against. Although Im a bit set on a proper steel frame for the street. Its a bit hard to see the need for aluminum when its just stiffffffffffff.
dirty and nekkid, just how I like it. I wish there was more info on the frame geo though
edit: nvm I found the geo chart
Last edited by IvyCap; 10-23-12 at 11:45 PM.