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My guess is the dropout area is manufactured such as it is to spread those limited flex loads through the whole rear end.
I’ll be able to talk more about that as part of the long term review (thanks Cooper). My personal FS bike uses essentially the same layout but with a seatstay pivot so I’ll hopefully be able to quantify how insignificant the movement is at the pivot (allowing an educated guess of what’s being spread through the frame here).
Nerd talk aside, it hasn’t been an issue at all with the Hei Hei Bikes (I thought the flex might crack paint over time) and the the frame has a lifetime warranty.
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