These two photos show the opposite sides of our new slim down dropout shape. The current features of the dropout are its width at 8mm and the fact that it is hollow. This provides a dropout with the same weight as traditional width dropouts, but the strength has been increased by double. For next year we’ve
added a chain tensioner which is accessed between the stays. Look close at the photos and you can see a hole for the allen screw. It comes out just above center of the axle slot where it will then push on your axle.
The frames weight changed by almost 3/4lb for next year. As you can see the frame weight is 4.71 lbs for the gray painted frame. All the features listed above make a huge difference in the frame’s weight. The non-painted frame shown at Interbike weighed even less and I will do an individual post about it later. Now I’m off to the Dirty South to ride!