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Welding horizontal drops to Road Bike?

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Old 12-09-08, 10:06 PM
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Welding horizontal drops to Road Bike?

So yeah, it can be done and all, but, what if its titanium? Found drops for about $50, anyone know how much its going to cost? If i cant find a bike manufacturer (like Thick Bikes here in PGH) where should I search to find someone to do something like this?
Or you all think I should just stick with the ENO hub business to sort though this fixed conversion nonsense?
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Old 12-09-08, 10:09 PM
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why?

eno hub. dont wreck your nice frame
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i would hunt for some steel ones, (correct me if i'm wrong) but i don't think most metal shops are set up to weld titanium.
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but can you weld steel to titanium? thats another big question.
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Old 12-09-08, 11:11 PM
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Try to find a local machine/weld shop. Worth a shot.
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Steel and ti welded together isn't going to happen. And unless you happen to find a local fabricator that works with ti, having the local metal shop do it is a bad idea.

Unless you happen to live near a ti builder who feels like giving you a good deal, the ENO rear wheel is likely a cheaper option as well.
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I say get steel drop outs and have a competent
frame builder weld them on if you are dead set on using
this frame.

Is it a good frame?
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Welding Ti is trickier than welding steel, so you have to find someone set up for it. On top of that, you probably don't want to be welding Ti to steel so see if you can find some titanium track ends or have someone make some for you.

Ti bikes frames are typically pretty expensive. Are you sure you want to make it into a conversion? Why not sell it and buy a decent track frame to build out?
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either sell this frame and buy a proper one or build this up with an eno or as a road bike.

the end.
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either sell this frame and buy a proper one or build this up with an eno or as a road bike.

the end.
this.
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If you're really set on doing this, contact a Ti bike company like Moots or Lynskey or a frame builder that makes titanium frames. Yes, you'll need Ti dropouts.

For the cost of this project, you'd be able to buy a VERY nice, fully equipped track bike.
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If you're really set on doing this, contact a Ti bike company like Moots or Lynskey or a frame builder that makes titanium frames. Yes, you'll need Ti dropouts.

For the cost of this project, you'd be able to buy a VERY nice, fully equipped track bike.
Yep. It will cost you too much. Your best bet is finding a frame or a track bike you really like that fits well and do with it. Either use your current frame for something else or sell it.
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