Thursday, June 11, 2009
New dropouts from Paragon.
These are new rear dropouts from Paragon Machine works. They have been out for a while now, though some of you probably haven't seen them yet. I have really grown to like the aesthetics and function of the chain stay disc mounts on my OS Blackbuck. True to Paragon form, these are works of art in and of themselves. The graceful lines and cut outs just beg to be put in a simple EBB mtb, while the unobstructed rack and pannier mounts scream of functionality and ease of use. These solve a lot of the issues with mounting accessories on a disc bike. On my Rawland V1, for instance, I cannot mount both fenders and a rack at the same time. 2010 Rawland Models have been completely redesigned to accomodate this. While this is a problem with any disc bike, mounting the disc on the chainstay solves many of these issues. Similar dropouts to this are used on the suberb Salsa Fargo, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them on El Mariachis before too long. If possible, I'd love to have my next frame built with these. Time will tell.