Our framebuilding friend said he'd have no part of it, no frame material would ever retain the strength after the weld. We verified this with another frame guru in the area.
Now you sound like you give you frames a rather large thrashing.. I'm wondering whether my friend was full of shite, and we missed out all those years ago?
I'm pretty sure Aluminium would be a nono - but I can't see why steel would be a problem unless there was something funny about how the dropouts were fixed.
A couple of friends have had cracked Aluminium frames fixed with big gussets etc added - but they all went on to crack again - I'm not a fan.
Considering a framebuilder can change out the main tubes of a steel frame changing a dropout should be an easy fix? I guess the local framebuilder guru simply didn't want the work???
On this particular Kona frame it's a breeze because of the way the chainstays and seatstays were brazed onto the dropouts rather than welded. It took a bit longer than planned though because Charlie had to make the dropout - and he made it out of a meterial with similar properties to 853 and in his words it was a "bu**er" to work with. But he doesn't think I'll manage to break it
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.
95 Kona Explosif Singlespeed/Fixie - 100% Thrashed since new and it's still very well loved (and it looks it).
Dave Lloyd C.A.T.S W.I.S.K.A.S - Built, ridden, loved, and sold.