> This issue had me racing down to the basement to survey my
> fleet. While reading the post, I was thinking, I've seen
> many bikes with the slot going into the seat tube. My survey
> revealed a mix. While I think it's both asthetically and
> structurally superior to have it end in the lug, I don't see
> a real problem if it goes into the tube below it, provided it
> not TOO far, and you do drill or round out the bottom to
> eliminate the stress riser. After all, your putting this big
> thick piece of aluminum in there to strengthen the area.
Bear in mind that with a fillet brazed frame, that slot is always found entirely in the actual tube. Admittedly, I haven't seen millions of fillet brazed frames, but I've seen a fair number, and none had failures or cracks at the bottom of the slot. Regards, Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
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