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Old 05-23-18, 03:33 PM
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Weirdly compressed dropout

Hello Bike Forum Collective Brain,

it’s been a while since I’ve needed your help. Today I received a frame that seems to have taken a bit of knock during travel. As you can see, one of the dropouts is compressed, and the axle doesn’t slide in properly. I have dropout alignments tools and I am familiar with normal cases of dropout bendiness, as well as cold setting routines. But I have never seen this before. My question is: do you think it is safe to gently try to pry open the dropout or will that compromise its strength? Should I send it back and clamour for a refund instead? Thanks in advance...

This dropout is fine

This dropout is smushed

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