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Gimme an education on steel.(7 posts)

Gimme an education on steel.Scy
Jan 20, 2002 10:34 PM
I'd like to know more about the different grades of steel used in both older and current frames. The variety seems bewildering. Is there a book, article or website that can summarize it for me? Or maybe someone here can just clue me in on the most popular mid to high-end varieties and how they rank on the food chain.
re: Gimme an education on steel.Sintesi at home
Jan 20, 2002 11:04 PM
Check out the Tubes section he gives a rundown on the different grades.
Jan 21, 2002 2:43 AM
re: Gimme an education on steel.Scot_Gore
Jan 21, 2002 6:13 AM
Dog posted this link a few days ago.
Dog "Metallurgy for cyclists" 1/17/02 8:37am
The first chapter is steel. The article is from 1994, so specific discussions of the latest innovations are not in it. Never the less it's good background info.

Take a look.


Lots of good info hereMel Erickson
Jan 21, 2002 6:46 AM
Reynolds has alot of good technical info on tubing.
re: Gimme an education on steel.Reynold
Jan 21, 2002 6:58 AM
it's real.....
re: Gimme an education on steel.koala
Jan 21, 2002 7:26 AM
If you can afford it get the best steel you can afford. Foco by columbus, 853 by reynolds, and Zero by dedaccai are all heat treated micro-alloyed steels that have zero degradation after being welded. The middle sections of the main tubes can be drawn to .4mm. The benefit is a bike that is stiff enough for all but the heaviest and a ride that is better than my old nivachrome bike by far.The cost is less than half that of a quality ti frame.