Mark wrote: """" As a part time framebuilder, this makes perfect sense to me. In a production environment, you wouldn't count on a nice little mini-fillet forming on the inside. But you could be sure of one on the outside. """"
I don't buy this theory. If they are really worried about the fillet forming on a structurally irrelevant part like seat stay caps, it does not speak well for the parts that actually need internal wetting and penetration.
However, if my 74 ralleigh comp's chainstay bridge is any indication, it is quite possible that the oversized caps are just there to hide the fact that they used little or no brass or silver on the joint.
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