We spotted some sketches of these at the Philly Bike Expo last year and now they’re official, bringing the sleek, adjustable Syntace X12 thru axle system to handmade bicycles.
Officially licensed by Syntace, the Paragon Machine Works dropouts will be offered in steel and titanium with an aluminum hanger, giving all manner of builders the ability to fit them into their frames. That’s a good thing since more and more wheel and parts are being built with thru axles in mind.
They’re already stocking concentric and eccentric inserts (one of the benefits of the Syntace system is the ability to adjust camber and “alignment” of the rear wheel using eccentric inserts inside the dropouts), the Shimano Direct Mount derailleur hanger, hanger bolt and axles from both Syntace and DT Swiss. And, they’re already working on additional compatible skewers for fat bikes (177mm and 197mm) AND an X12 compatible Boost 148mm model. Check the full details and options from Paragon below…
- 1018 steel (DR2090) dropouts have a 1″ diameter with 0.810″ of hood width to attach stays to. A second version with a 1″ hood width to provide enough clearance for oversized stays is planned
- 6-4 titanium (DR0090) dropouts have a 1.5″ diameter with 1.100″ of hood width to provide ample clearance for larger titanium stays.
- 6061 aluminum (DR4090) Shimano Direct Mount hanger is cross compatible with both Paragon’s Syntace compatible dropouts AND Syntace’s own dropouts. Offered in both bare and black.
Non-direct mount derailleur mounts will need to be ordered directly from Syntace for now, which the frame builder can do if not using a compatible Shimano rear mech for the build.
- UPDATE: PMW will stock both Direct and Standard mount derailleur hangers.
FROM PARAGON: We recently released a Kearny & Trecker t-shirt that is available for purchase on our website. This t-shirt pays homage to a time gone by, when machine work was an inherent part of the US economy, and “Made in the USA” was the norm rather than the exception. All sales revenue from our promotional items are donated to local organizations that promote bicycle safety, welfare, and community and this month the proceeds will be going towards an educational fund two young children of Tom Palermo who was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike on December 27th, 2014. People are also welcome to donate on their own as well.