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Tange Prestige Steel Tubing(15 posts)

Tange Prestige Steel Tubingsam-g
Apr 4, 2002 6:15 AM
Does anyone have any information or have a web address for Tange Prestige steel tubing? I'm a newbie and recently puchased used, a lugged steel frame made by Robert Stowe in Rochester NY. A label on the frame, mentions Tange Prestige tubing. How does this brand of tubing differ or compare to more widely know brands such as Reynolds, True Temper or Vitus?


Here is a little info.............Dave Hickey
Apr 4, 2002 6:34 AM
re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubingsprockets2
Apr 4, 2002 8:06 AM
If the bike is well designed and constructed, you have yourself a keeper. Prestige was a premium tube set at the time, and although I think that OX Platinum, 853, and Foco have upped the ante, this is not a frame to be anything but happy with.
re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubingbadabill
Apr 4, 2002 8:11 AM
Tange prestige is a top quality steel tube set from the late 80s, early 90s era. Used by many top builders of the day. I believe its triple butted but not sure. I still ride an early Marin MTB made out of this tubeset.
re: Good stuffdzrider
Apr 4, 2002 8:51 AM
I had an early mtb - before indexed shifters - made form Tange Prestige and it was a terrific ride. I believe the guy I sold it too still uses it for riding down mountains. It was light for its time and some fine custom builders worked with it. It should build up to be a fun bike.
re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubingtmguy
Apr 4, 2002 8:55 AM
Fine Japanese steel. Used by many builders in the late 80's early 90's, including Davidson, here in Seattle. Prestige was heat treated, double butted (0.8-.0.6, I believe). I have a (Balance, long out of biz.) from mid-90's with the OS version. Nice frame, not super-light but very nice ride. Bike is a keeper! Hope you got a good deal!

That's what my MB-1 is built withlaffeaux
Apr 4, 2002 10:18 AM
It's nice tubing. A bit heavy by today's standards, but it absorbs shock well (at least my lugged MB-1 does).
You have scored, my friendElefantino
Apr 4, 2002 10:37 AM
Tange Prestige was the top-of-the-line tubing from this Japanese manufacturer that in the mid 90s stopped production on bicycle tubing.

It was so good, Ben Serotta used it for his frames and probably would still if it were being made. (He now gets most of his tubes from Reynolds.)

Tange also made "MTB" and ""No. 1" tubing, but Prestige was their best, for road and off-road.

re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubingsam-g
Apr 4, 2002 11:17 AM
Thanks to all for the endorsement of this tube set. Having not yet ridden this bike for more than 40 miles at a time, I can't make any comparisons, but soon will have an opportunity on the MS150 in June.

Has anyone ever heard of the frame builder Robert Stowe located in Rochester NY? I'ver never seen any of his frames, road or mtn for sale on this site or others. The seller told me he once worked for Serrota.

Call him and ask...............Dave Hickey
Apr 4, 2002 1:10 PM
A Google search of Robert Stowe bicycles shows this link:

NY Robert Stowe 716/242-2090
re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubingcurlybike
Apr 4, 2002 4:01 PM
His stuff is nice. I have seen a steel(sweet and beautifully made) and a Scandium, also very nice.
re: Tange Prestige Steel Tubinglook271
Apr 4, 2002 2:48 PM
I have a used late 80's early 90's Nishiki built from it. Rides really nice even though it is dated. Good stuff.
Tange TubingNessism
Apr 5, 2002 7:05 AM
As the others have mentioned, Tange Prestige is a high grade of tubing. The metal itself is fairly standard cromoly but is subject to the "Prestige" heat treatment process. Tange sold Prestige tubes in a very wide range of sizes and thicknesses: some are very very thin and others are quite stout (mountain bike configurations).

It is most likely that the frame in question is made with standard tube diameters: 1-1/8" seat and down tube, 1" top tube. Frames so configured, are often a little heavier and more flexable than oversized tubed frames. Of course, without knowing the actual tube sizes and thicknesses, this is just pure conjecture.

Sounds like a nice frame, enjoy.
Tange Tubingsam-g
Apr 5, 2002 9:22 AM
You're right on target about the tubing being on the slightly heavy side yet providing a comfortable ride. This 55cm bike has been built up with mostly D/A light weight components, a Thomsen post, Terry Fly seat and Ultegra/Open Pro wheels, yet it still weighs in at just under 20 1/2 lbs. I'm sure that the lugged construction also has a weight penalty. Would you say that the Tange Prestige is equivilent to the current Reynolds 531?

Regardless, I'm happy and really don't notice the weight, I'm more concerned with comfort which is why I bought a steel frame.

Tange TubingNessism
Apr 5, 2002 12:53 PM
Prestige is a higher grade of tubing than 531. Closer to 753 or the newer 725. Honestly though, the grade of the tubing is much less important that the quality of the assembly of the frame. Assuming the frame is built properly, it should last a long time. Enjoy.