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.
If your next bike will be a singlespeed, run a belt drive or use a standard internally geared up, then the new 10mm Toggle Drop dropout is for you. The Toggle Drop makes wheel changes much quicker and easier, but had only been available for thru axles. Now, they’ll have one for standard rear hubs with a 10mm axle. This includes all basic non-thru axle hubs, plus Alfine and Rohloff.
Both should be available early 2015.