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    Tange tubing?

    I know someone had a thread about this before, but could someone give me a quick rundown on Tange tubing hierarchy, maybe in relation to Reynolds or Columbus? Where does Infinity tubing fall in the line?

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    Quick answer is: IIRC it's a seamed CroMo tubing, a little on the heavy side. Maybe equivalent to Columbus Aelle, but not exactly cause I think Aelle is cold-drawn, but straight-gauge.

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    Tange Infinity is seamed. That's not the only grade of Tange tubing.

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    I was only addressing the question about where Infinity fell in relation to Reynolds/Columbus tubing. Did not wish to imply that all Tange is seamed tubing, far from it. And I can't recite the entire Tange family tree from memory...I can't even remember my own family tree.

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    Even that link doesn't show all of the Tange line-up. For example, there's no Tange Prestige shown in that link.

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    Run this through the Google translator:


    http://www.suganoya.net/biketube.htm

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    Great links, vjp and Cerrig...THANKS!

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    Thanks for the input, youse. I'm just wondering, because I have this Nishiki Prestige with Tange Infinity tubing and special, bronze-themed Suntour/Diacompe components. I read someplace here in the 'forum recently that higher-quality Tange bikes were of similar quality to Columbus, but often with far lesser components (or did I read that on Sheldon Brown's site?) Anyway, I am trying to decide whether it'd be a good idea to upgrade, and it seems like it would. Would Suntour Superbe or Shimano 105 be a good upgrade for the ders of this bike (from the original Lepree)? What about the headset and bbs--what do you think the original headset would have been? Tange also?

    Just thinking about this. For as light as the bike is, it just isn't all that smooth a ride, not in comparison to my Reynolds 531 Trek with Shimano light-action comps/brakes. (I especially would like to upgrade the brakes--these are just very mushy, without enough power.)

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    Headset could have been a Tange "Levin". ew

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    Quote Originally Posted by peripatetic
    ...I have this Nishiki Prestige with Tange Infinity tubing and special, bronze-themed Suntour/Diacompe components. I read someplace here in the 'forum recently that higher-quality Tange bikes were of similar quality to Columbus, but often with far lesser components (or did I read that on Sheldon Brown's site?) Anyway, I am trying to decide whether it'd be a good idea to upgrade...
    Tange Infinity is seamed CroMoly. Tange Champion and Tange Prestige would be comparable to the higher-end Columbus tubing; Tange Infinity would be about mid-level because it's seamed.

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    I had a nishiki prestige with Tange 2 tubing. I just rebuilt it for my brother. It rode really nice and, while not a featherweight, wasn't heavy either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evwxxx
    Headset could have been a Tange "Levin". ew

    So that would warrant a replacement?

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    Anyone know anything about Tange 900 tubing? A friend recently bought an 80ish Shogun with that tubing. Mid to low end bike, but seems pretty light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg
    Anyone know anything about Tange 900 tubing? A friend recently bought an 80ish Shogun with that tubing. Mid to low end bike, but seems pretty light.
    It was their low end tubing for the time, I believe. Similar to Infinity, if not identical. Nothing wrong with it, just heavier than the higher end stuff-

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    For the headset, you should be able to score a Tange Levin headset on ebay pretty easy, not too much $$$. For upgrades, skies the limit! ew

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    Quote Originally Posted by peripatetic
    So that would warrant a replacement?
    His ew wasn't a comment on the quality of the headset, it was his initials... signing off...
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    What about Tange "plain gauge"? What does that mean?,,,,,BD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued
    What about Tange "plain guage"? What does that mean?,,,,,BD
    Probably the same as straight gauge; not butted. The tubes have the same wall thickness from end to end. Unless "plain gauge" is a reference to something besides the thickness of the tubes' walls-

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    I have a Tange Levin Headset on my road bike and it's really nice, really easy to adjust, really solid.

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