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FABIKE Sliding Dropout System

FABIKE has an interesting take on the sliding dropout design. Their system allows not only for adjustment of the chain length, but allows you to switch between 120 and 130 mm spacing (or to an optional dropout with a derailleur hanger).

Via Bicycle Design

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4 Comments

  1. Justin WinokurJuly 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This seems like a cool idea but it makes me wonder about the strength of those screws. Even if you use this with a freewheel, while pedaling, it will have to take a crapload of force.And, given how those screws are put in, the force will be a combination of sheer on the screw, and whatever force you get from the friction.

    I do not ride a signlespeed or fixie and my bike has vertical dropouts so I really can’t compare, but, other than the simplicity of quick release and/or locking skewers, is there an advantage to make it worth the trouble?

  2. FabioJuly 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Hi Justin, and thanks for your comment.
    We have been testing for quite a long time now the FABIKE dropouts, and so far we did not face any problem with them. Maybe it not very common among the “vertical dropouts road riders”, but the sliding dropout logic exists on the market already quite a long time and already demonstrated to be as safe as versatile.
    Anyway, we can’t wait to introduce the FABIKE in the market and give people the possibility to try it’s reliability and advantages.

  3. OlgaJuly 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Oh sweet! I like these dropout systems, and this one looks especially promising. I went to the website, and I also read that the bike itself has the capacity for 700×35 tires! What??? That means I’ll be using my mountain bike for… the mountains :) I’d like to see what the asking price is for the bike. The site says something about launching on KS, but it’s not up yet :( Oh how I hate teasers! :-/

  4. FabioJuly 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Hi Olga, I’m happy you hit a good point.
    Thank to the possibility to use up to a 700×35 tire you will actually have the possibility not only to have a fixed gear and a race bike, but also an off-road bike. That’s very useful also in the cities with rough pavements and tram tracks.
    About the price: we are not yet declaring the price, but considering the weight, materials and components you can imagine it can’t for everybody.
    Tough some people might be positively surprised and if you consider that with a FABIKE you will be able to have 3 bikes in one, we think the price will be interesting for the market of the advanced urban cyclists.
    Anyway, stay tuned on Kickstarter and you will be able to enjoy a discounted price and a free international delivery.

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