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    Horiz sliders question




    Quick question about the sliding drop outs. There is a threaded pin (with 8mm nut) that protrudes from the drop out. The pin keeps the slider from creeping forward if you have the slider set back.

    Are these pins necessary if you have the slider set all the way forward? The weight weenie in me wants to remove them.

    I can think of 2 far fetched reasons why I might want to keep them in:

    1) this is a steel frame, so maybe there would be value to leaving the pins to prevent water from settling into the holes

    2) maybe the sliders shouldn't rub directly against the frame

    Thoughts? Thank you.

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    Horiz sliders question

    One quick correction. The pin protrudes from the frame, not the dropout

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    On most sliders (ie Paragon) you don't need them at all. Try taking them out and see if you get any wheel slip - if not, put a little grease in the holes and go have fun.

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    Agreed with Walt, I have used plenty of sliders sans set screws and things have held together fine...

    ...with one exception: when I was using an 800-watt-peak electric motorized rear hub. That got things moving, there was enough torque at the dropouts to cause me to wheelie with minimal body English if I wasn't careful with the throttle.

    (Great way to wean yourself back into shape after losing muscle mass after surgery, btw.)
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    If you're running single speed, keep them in, otherwise, chuck 'em.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Thanks for the info. More than anything, I had some paranoia about crashing in an extraordinarily awkward position that would lead to me gouging myself on those screws.

    Yes, much fun is to be had. I'm going to pump some silicone grease in the holes and cut down my laps time due to weight saved

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