Filing down a dropout to get the wheel in.
Is it brand new out of the box?
What does it measure?
If it’s under sized I would be tempted to return it and ask for a new one – thats the thing you get buying new.
My missus had one that got squashed in transit flying home from Oz one year. It measured 130mm rather than 135. We stretched it out a bit and left the wheel in, it’s still not 135mm but it’s closer just have to pull the stays out a bit to fit the wheel.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Ah, so it’s the width of the frame that’s the issue rather than the dropout itself? I’d send that back, it’s either been squashed in transit or welded together wrongly- you could coldset it back out and it’ll probably be fine… But it’s new, so it should be right.Posted 4 years agogreebleMember
5mm is nothing. Someone is/was selling a 150mm spaced 456.Posted 4 years ago
Oops just read above post properly (something I have had a pop at other people for) 😳
Send the fram back – you shouldn’t have to be bending the actual metal back into shape (unless you’ve bent it yourself first, of course).
I actually has the same thing with a 456 frame – the dropout on the first one was partially closed – not just tight. I drove up to them on a Saturday morning and left 20 minutes later with a new frame. Still needed filing a bit, but that was just paint and lacquer.Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
If it’s just been plonked down on it’s dropouts at some stage they might well have just closed in a fraction at the open end.
I’d maybe just have a very careful feel at gently seeing if the dropout can be persuaded to just open up a tiny before a bit before I got the files out – (mixed metaphors aside 😉 ).
Use something wide / long enough to spread the load along the whole dropout length, and just put a gentle bit of pressure on to see if it opens up a bit. Steel is quite forgiving, but I wouldn’t advocate doing this if it involves anything more than a tiny bit of easing out, as you’ll start to introduce stressors into the material beyond that.
That said if the entire length of the dropout is too tight tho’, I’d send it back, as that’ll have been from a proper knock/poor construction.
(I’m assuming this is a ‘normal’ 9mm QR/10mm bolted axle tho’).Posted 4 years ago
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