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--- True Temper OX vs. Reynolds 520 ---(5 posts)

--- True Temper OX vs. Reynolds 520 ---mekkon
Jul 26, 2003 2:56 PM
Hey All,
Looking at the same frame made with either True Temper OX or Reynolds 520. I know that the OX seems to have a higher-end ring about it, but I'd appreciate some input into the subject. My main concerns are durability and longevity - not necessarily light weight.
Are these steels significantly different? all thoughts on the matter are very much appreciated. As i said, it's the same frame by the same builder, just a choise of materials, and the OX is a bit more expensive, but not much... thanks!
re: --- True Temper OX vs. Reynolds 520 ---Rusty Coggs
Jul 26, 2003 3:42 PM
ox is a bit stronger and a bit lighter.If larger diameter relative to 520 also stiffer. Maybe ox a better option of you are heavier or on a larger frame....I'd ask the builder if one might be better for you.
True Temper OX Platinum is a lot like 853, but better.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 26, 2003 5:24 PM
Top quality bikes are made from 853, OX Platinum, or other similar steels from other manufactures, not with 520. reynolds 520 is reserved for cheaper frames. (lower quality)
Ox Platinum and the other steels mentioned as top quality get stronger when welded or brazed. You won't have to worry about tubes cracking from being overheated. Bikes used to crack around the bottom bracket and head tube from being overheated.
True Temper OX Platinum is a lot like 853, but better.Rusty Coggs
Jul 26, 2003 6:54 PM
Air hardening steel is no cure for bad workmanship.
True Temper OX Platinum is a lot like 853, but better.Rusty Coggs
Jul 26, 2003 7:04 PM
There were a number of diffeent ones in the OX series( ox gold,oxrcx,) others?,and he did not specifiaally say it wss the top of the line ox platinum. Better than 853 is likely argumentative,and maybe more True Temper hype than anything of real substance.