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Scandium (sp?): comments, questions, querries, conumdrums...(3 posts)

Scandium (sp?): comments, questions, querries, conumdrums...sctri
Apr 21, 2002 10:32 AM
I wouldn't dare start the dreaded, and oh-so-popular "excuse me folks, should I get an aluminum bike or a steel bike..."
I have decided on aluminum!
My question is how do people feel about scandium? worthwile, or not worth the added cost? the bike i am comparing it to is of similar quality, but of differnt tube set and $300 cheaper..

What do we think?

Scandium dataKerry
Apr 21, 2002 3:53 PM
Sc is added to Al as an alloying agent to improve tensile strength. This allows a slight thinning of the tubes, and therefore a slight reduction in weight. Without the added tensile strength, the thinner tubes would dent too easily. The odds are that you can't really make the direct component comparison - do you know the details of frame construction (butting, swaging, shaping, tapering, weld quality, etc?). Whether it is worth $300 more is completely up to you. None of us can put a value on these marginal improvements for you.
Scandium bikes tend to have very short warranty periods...Tig
Apr 22, 2002 9:18 AM
...which tells me something about their life expectancy being very short. This doesn't matter to pro racers who get several free bikes each season. For those of us who have to pay the bill ourselves and want a bike to last a few more years, scandium is a false economy. It all depends on what you need.