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Columbus Aelle Question...Velocipedio
Jun 10, 2002 5:50 AM
Where did Columbus Aelle tubing fit in the company's line-up in the late-80s, early-90s? Was this tubing found on top-quality or lower-quality bikes around, say 1989-90? A buddy of mine has a Concorde of late-80s vintage [PDM replica] made of Aelle, and wants to know.
re: Columbus Aelle Question...Spirito
Jun 10, 2002 7:13 AM
columbus aelle is cool but a little heavy. i believe it was their entry level tubeset - i have one frame now and have owned an aelle tubed fram back a while ago - both are/were nice but heavier than than their SL SLX SP and SPX variants that i have used from similar periods or just a little later.

my aelle frame dates from the early to mid 80's. ive yet to hear one being raced but also have yet to hear one breaking either. i think a fair comparison would be reynolds 501 or tange # 2.

refinement and light weight come at a price but the mix or compound of steel is basically the same (just not drawn as thin).

re: Columbus Aelle Question...tmguy
Jun 12, 2002 7:08 AM
Tange #2 is very similar to Columbus SL. Double butted cro-moly; 0.9-0.6-0.9. Aelle was straight gauge, I believe. #2 was a great tubeset and certainly superior to 501 or Aelle.
Columbus AelleNessism
Jun 10, 2002 8:26 AM
Aelle is basically bottom of the Columbus line. It's a straight gauge tubeset in which the tubes are made from strips of steel that are rolled and then welded. Welded tubing is not bad per say, only that Columbus does not use this technique on their higher end tubing.

The wall thickness on the main tubes is .9 mm - unbutted, and the stays are of similar thickness.

Because the tubes are thicker than most other butted tubesets, the frame will be stiffer - and heavier.