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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:43 am 
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Echoing chris667 the older tube sets are possibly better suited to bike manufacture. 531 is not too expensive, is resilient and time tested. It is also, so far as I know, the only tube that Reynolds developed for bikes.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:17 am 
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725 is also very good and seems to be the modern equivalent of 531.

I suspect that the problem with 953 is that the tube sections are optimised for road bikes and that therefore it'll be a bit fragile. There were a fair few 753 one-off MTB frames made in the early days, but the tubes were always a bit thin and the bikes tended to get wrecked after a really big stack.

There are a whole load of new non-rusting steel alloys around now which don't have the cracking problems of stainless. Corten is one of them - it's used for Sea Containers.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:56 am 
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Never knew that about Baum Andy!

Isn't it just as, if not more expensive than Ti though? Not saying I don't want one...


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