Everyone knows that stainless steel never rusts, right?  Well, not exactly.  Stainless steel needs to be protected through a process called passivation.  Passivation is the process of making a stainless steel “passive”, usually by the deposition of a layer of oxide on its surface.  In the context of corrosion, passivation is the spontaneous formation of a hard non-reactive surface film that inhibits further corrosion. This layer is usually an oxide or nitride that is a few nanometers thick.

Stainless Steel PartsThe Speedhound Dropout System includes stainless steel inserts that undergo the passivation process to maximize their durability and useful life.  After the parts are formed, they go through the passivation process as a final finishing step.  This greatly reduces the chances that the inserts will rust, even through the muddiest cyclo-cross season.