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Old 03-19-21, 08:25 PM
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Why would you assume that a socked dropout came first? A plug style is easier to form and, IIRC, the earliest bikes were fillet brazed. Some have said that lugs were more about production ease and needed a lower skill then fillet does. Andy
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