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so, why noone makes stainless steel tubesets?(9 posts)

so, why noone makes stainless steel tubesets?cyclopathic
Nov 21, 2003 11:28 AM
superior mechanical properties (1.5-2 times of top Columbus and Reynolds steels) + save a few onces of paint = light steel frame.
I thought it was relatively soft(?) nmDougSloan
Nov 21, 2003 11:36 AM
They did...Chicago_Steve
Nov 21, 2003 11:44 AM
Try a Google Search for Columbus Metax. Apparently it wasn't too popular (not sure why) and last I heard Columbus stopped producing it...

Check it out...
That was beautiful...nmbicyclerepairman
Nov 21, 2003 1:01 PM
Too badChicago_Steve
Nov 21, 2003 1:47 PM
The guy can't find time to build more...
inferior mechanical propertiesContinental
Nov 21, 2003 11:47 AM
Common Stainless steels + sweat + stress from riding = stress corrosion cracking = cracks in frame. Common Stainless steels are brittle and prone to cracking, especially with chlorides from sweat. Specialty stainless steels are expensive, may require specialized welding procedures,and may still have worse, or at least different, mechancial properties so that frame builders would not have the knowledge to use them.
Less than half the tensile strength and equal weight of steelMR_GRUMPY
Nov 21, 2003 11:50 AM
The only plus is that it is a little harder than normal steel, and it doesn't rust as quick. Think of it this way. Would anyone use Titanium if it weighed as much as steel ??????
One good use for stainless is for lugs.
Interloc made about 10 prototype stainless steel framedbicyclerepairman
Nov 21, 2003 12:57 PM
bicycles several years ago (as a feasability study) aquaintance of mine wound up with one. I'm not sure about the metalurgy of this particular bike, but it is beautiful, light, and rides like a dream. Interloc found it too expensive to bring into production.
IRDThe Human G-Nome
Nov 21, 2003 1:37 PM
IRD is one of my team's sponsors and I've seen the frames in person. VERY nice. there was even one for sale on EBAY about a month back.