Brushing dropout faces

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[vimeo][/vimeo] The dropouts that we make for the geared SV's have a steel main body for strength, but we still want stainless steel where the wheel is interfacing with the frame; the faces of the dropouts. The inner face is brazed onto the dropout with silver, prior to joining the drops to the chainstays. The outer face is bolted on with 4 size 2-56 (small) stainless torx bolts after the frame is  painted. We have the outer face laser cut from 22 gauge 304 stainless steel flat stock. Laser cutting is precise and makes for a nice part, but because of the heat, it leaves a burr on the edges of the part where the laser penetrates (yes this whole post is just an excuse to say "laser penetrates") and a not totally consistent finish. This is a video of Mike putting the final brushed finish on a face before it goes onto a new SV road frame. Maybe your SV road frame!!!!

Posted on March 24, 2012 and filed under Uncategorized.