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    fixed gear / wheel question

    I know that this is the S.S. forum but itís as close as it gets to a fixed gear. I bought a SPECIALIZED LARSON to train and improve my spin. It came without Q.R. axles, I had the shop swap out the front axle to a Q.R. but they said that the rear needed to remain a bolted axle because of the torque. My question is, there has been many a time when I came up to a surprise hill and found myself in the wrong gear and stood up and mashed the petals, all my other bikes have Q.R. rear axles, and they donít slip. This couldnít create more torque than I would on a fixed gear, why wouldnít a Q.R. on the back work. The reason I want a Q.R. on both axles is for the ease of changing flats. Thanks in advance.

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    Vertical dropouts

    Most modern geary bikes have vertical dropouts, so the torque is transferred directly into the frame, where the axle can't slip. A standard fixie has horizontal or semi-horizontal track ends (not dropouts) to allow chain tensioning.

    That said, my first fixie had semi-horizontal dropouts, and I was able to get away with a strong cro-mo quick release with a serrated washer on the drive side.

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    I run an old Campy qr on my road fix with no problems, horizontal dropouts and all. SSing on trails seems to create a lot more torque than road riding.
    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    Excuse to buy a Jethro THule from Surly.
    Better safe than sorry. If it slips you;ll know about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomL
    Excuse to buy a Jethro THule from Surly.
    Better safe than sorry. If it slips you;ll know about it.
    or just a nice long handled 15mm box wrench from sears.

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    Thanks for the help

    Thanks for the help

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    QR rear

    I use a Salsa steel QR with no problem on my horizontal forks with no problem. You do have to make sure it is really tight, however. I only weigh 150 but when I'm on a steep hill I will move it if I haven't torqued it down. The Salsas have plastic washers and so far no problem.

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