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Dimple the chainstays on a Ti Serotta?

Old 05-23-14, 12:48 PM
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Dimple the chainstays on a Ti Serotta?

Hello All:
I recently picked up a '96 model Serotta Ti. Tire clearance is surprisingly tight: 23s just barely fit and 25s rub. Is it possible to dimple a Ti frame once its built? I really like 25s on the chip-n-seal around here and have a multiyear stock of them.
I've read what I could find through google and it seems that adding a crimp or a dimple to steel chainstays for tire or chainring clearance was pretty standard in years past (when tubes could handle it) but I don't see much discussion about titanium. For old style steel it seemed to just involve a clamp with a support for the side of the tube you don't want to dimple and a die to give you the dimple shape you want.
If it is doable, can you give me some idea what I should expect to pay? I imagine it might need to be re-aligned afterward as well.
Thanks in advance,
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It is in steel .. but that was usually done by the tube mill to the tube set then put in the box..

in Titanium contact a TI frame builder .. Serotta an obvious choice ..

As a metalworking proceedure, seems a cut away and a patch welded to be flat

where it was round can be, theoretically, done .. to a already welded frame

if you worry most about cost , live with it as it is. or sell it and get one featured as you now realize you need.

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