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True Temper OX Platinum vs. Reynolds 853(3 posts)

True Temper OX Platinum vs. Reynolds 853dougbot
Dec 12, 2003 4:15 PM
Does anyone out there think that there is any difference between these two types of steel tubes?
re: True Temper OX Platinum vs. Reynolds 853Rusty Coggs
Dec 12, 2003 4:50 PM
Assuming similar diameter and butting,not enough to matter if any a all. Who sticks them together is the bigger issue.
re: True Temper OX Platinum vs. Reynolds 853Nessism
Dec 12, 2003 8:53 PM
Both are similar in that they are designed to increase in hardness and strength after exposure to high welding temperatures. I'm not sure this is important though. Assuming the builder knows what they are doing, air hardening is a moot point.

The real key to getting a nice frame is the quality of the build and the selection of the proper tubes in terms of size and thickness. For example, Platinum tubes come in a wide range of sizes, some of which will build a flexable frame and others that will build a super stout frame. It all depends on the actual tubes used.

So don't shop the name of the tubeset, shop the reputation of the builder.

Good luck.