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Old 09-04-08, 01:56 PM
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Interesting stuff. My commuter rig has disc brakes, and it makes me wonder if I should be paying more attention to my dropouts, and perhaps look into purchasing some different skewers.

Velonews article on worn dropouts

A very detailed page about this problem following a successful lawsuit
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My new bike will have disc brakes but Clix dropouts...wonder if they are affected the same.
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Would my bikes' deeply recessed dropouts solve this problem? The qr's would have to back waaaaaaay out before the wheel could exit the dropouts. I have to spin the skewer 6 revolutions to take the wheel off.

Imagine some poor sap cruising down a rocky hill, hits a big bump and comes down w/o the front wheel... fail!
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most forks have tabs that keep this from happening, most rear dropouts dont but if you tighten your qr properly you shouldnt ever have a problem with it. Ive never seen it or heard of it happening to anyone i know
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I've never seen it, either...and I work with W-M bikes!

This is one of those one-in-a-million things; it's already gotten enough attention.
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Sounds like Audi's "unintended acceleration" to me.
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Sounds like bad skewers. A few years ago I switched from Shimamo skewers to some fancy Ti skewers with external cams. The rear wheel kept slipping in the dropout (a short horizontal). I ditched those pieces of crap and went back to the Shimanos, with internal cams. Much better IMHO.
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The first article talks about damage caused by improperly setup equipment. The second article is crap.

Anything on a bike that is not safety wired or red Loctited can come loose. Do regular inspections on your ride,and you'll prevent bad things from happening.
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