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2/17/2014 9:10 PM

i always see frames 3/16 dropouts and others with 4mm, 5mm, ect ect. I always presume 3/16 was thin but im not 100% sure. I went ahead and divided the 3/16 and got 0.1875 hen converted that into mm and got 4.7625. If the math is correct does that mean 3/16 dropouts are thicker than frames with 4mm dropouts? The thought just occured to me earlier to me and I don't think i did the math right. I just want to be 100% sure so don't prejudice frames or forks labeled with 3/16 dropouts for when I choose a frame or fork or whatever

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2/17/2014 9:19 PM

quick google search showed

3/16" = (3/16) * 25.4 = 4.7625 mm

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2/17/2014 9:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/17/2014 9:24 PM

Yep, 3/16"=4.7625mm, which is plenty strong for both front and back when used with any axle as strong or stronger than 14mm male. Most people don't realize that dropout strength is largely dependent on axle strength.

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2/17/2014 9:27 PM

oscar5788 wrote:

quick google search showed

3/16" = (3/16) * 25.4 = 4.7625 mm

So its pretty much just the same if not a little thicker? just double checking here

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2/17/2014 10:13 PM

Xxohioanxx wrote:

Yep, 3/16"=4.7625mm, which is plenty strong for both front and back when used with any axle as strong or stronger than 14mm male. Most people don't realize that dropout strength is largely dependent on axle strength.

so female axle hubs in the back are a no go then? so for maximum strength I would go with a male axle over the female axle?

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2/17/2014 10:15 PM

Xxohioanxx wrote:

Yep, 3/16"=4.7625mm, which is plenty strong for both front and back when used with any axle as strong or stronger than 14mm male. Most people don't realize that dropout strength is largely dependent on axle strength.

Coopers25 wrote:

so female axle hubs in the back are a no go then? so for maximum strength I would go with a male axle over the female axle?

3/8 female is as strong or stronger than 14mm male.

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2/17/2014 10:22 PM

Xxohioanxx wrote:

Yep, 3/16"=4.7625mm, which is plenty strong for both front and back when used with any axle as strong or stronger than 14mm male. Most people don't realize that dropout strength is largely dependent on axle strength.

Another question what if the center axles are bigger than 14 mm like the shadow btr (17mm) and the gsport ratchet (20mm) ? would male axles still be better than those two??

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2/17/2014 10:30 PM

A 17mm-20mm female center with 14mm bolts will be stronger than any male axles

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2/17/2014 10:34 PM

Anyhow.. My Director forks are unique so they have hollow dropouts that are 10mm thick along with the whole fork blade/leg infused as the dropout.

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2/18/2014 12:05 AM

Never once cared or worried about dropout thickness or had any problems with dropouts .......after 13 years of riding and not having an issue I don't see myself caring about dropout thickness in the future I would think that's overthinking something I don't need to worry about

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2/18/2014 2:59 PM

Coopers25 wrote:

so female axle hubs in the back are a no go then? so for maximum strength I would go with a male axle over the female axle?

Not at all! Even "shemale" axles with 3/8" bolts into a 14mm axle are stronger than 14mm male axles. And that's the weakest form of female axles. Legit female axles are much, much stronger than 14mm male axles.

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