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05-08-07, 03:35 PM
I've been looking to start my first build up of a bike, but I wanted to know which type of steel I should be looking at getting. I know a bike is a bike, and I'm not terribly conserned with weight, but are there any that I should just say no to? I currently have a Guerciotti made with Columbus SLX, but am unfamiliar with Reynolds or any of the Japanese tubing, or other "materials' out there.
05-08-07, 06:01 PM
Your questions must be answered with more questions, as you fail to provide any context for the bike in question. You have an italian bike designed for racing - what is the intended use for your new build? How much are you willing to spend? And be warned that opinions on this matter will vary - some will argue that it's not the steel, it's the care spent in constructing the frame that counts.
In my opinion, a vintage bike that is intended for frequent riding is one that is manufactured with care, and built up with good-quality components that suit the bike's intended purpose. Type of steel is an important variable, but it is just that: one, of many, variables.
Back to your original question: here is a link to a chart that lists a variety of manufacturers' steel tubesets, their weights, maximum rider weights, wall thicknesses, and intended usages:
Reynolds, Ishiwata, Tange, Columbus, and True Temper all have good reputations for manufacturing high-quality steel tubesets (there are others, they just don't stick out in my mind right now), but again - a badly built-up bike made from the finest steel will still be a pain in the arse to ride, and end up sitting in the garage.