For those considering a custom bike in their near future, Paragon Machine Works has two new dropout options to consider when discussing the bike with your favorite handmade builder.
Above are the new Syntace X12 dropouts. They marry that axle standard with a Shimano Direct Mount rear derailleur standard. If you want a regular derailleur mount, you (or your frame builder) will have to order that piece directly from Syntace or a stocking dealer.
The dropout is machined from chromoly so it can be welded like normal onto any steel frame. Paragon’s Mark Norstad says they’re making it in response to demand from several builders, namely Curtis Inglis. Until this, the main option was one from 2souls, but it’s a cast piece and so needs to be brazed onto a frame. That, and it had to be ordered from Europe, so PMW’s option should make things much easier on North American frame builders all around.
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