I'm talking to Reynolds about doing a project bike with it sometime next year. It's all up in the air at them moment. The head of Industrial Design at Monash is keen to get me do to a PhD on what I'm proposing, but I'm not sold on the idea yet.
Whatever road I take for that though, I'll still be happy to make frames from 953 if someone orders one. The external shapes are basically the same at 853, except with thinner wall profiles. The raw materials cost is going to be roughly the same as Titanium, so I suspect the retail price on them will be the same as Ti plus whatever the heat treatment costs are. Think in the vicinity of USD2500+ per frame.
There's a couple of things that puzzle me though I have to say. Firstly, I think the biggest advantage of the material is in the MTB arena, yet Reynolds is targeting the more cashed up boutique road market. That's a bit disappointing, but understandable, and they have said they will bend some stays for me with a reasonable MOQ, so I can't sh¡tcan them too much there. The second thing is I do think they should've approached their loyal longterm customers to do hush-hush R&D with them similar to what Easton did with Yeti and Manitou when it was developing it's Aluminium. I think creating two vapourware frames for show without some decent saddletime wasn't the best idea. You're not creating a lot of consumer confidence that way.