Not sure if i'm posting in the right section, but whatever...
Why isn't H1 steel (or similar) used for bicycles? Or are only certain steels suitable for bicycle tubing?
In addition to being a bicycle junkie, i'm also a knife enthusiast and the question was inspired by the use of H1 steel in some Spyderco knives:
Why H1? It's completely rust proof. No carbon in the steel means no rust. Then again, it's also a work hardened steel which means the ride would probably get harsher the more you ride it. I'm sure H1 is pretty expensive too......H1 is a PH steel meaning it is a precipitation-processed alloy, that's rolled hard without heat-treating and has .1% nitrogen which acts like carbon in the steel matrix, but does not react to chlorine making rust...
But perhaps there's another similar steel out there suitable for bicycle frames?
(i know i know, why not just use framesaver or some equivalant... just thinking out loud about other possibilities...)