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Reynolds initially contracted Trent Aerospace tubes to produce some plain guage tubing for them to draw to final dimensions, from sheet Carpenter Custom 455 alloy steel. Carpenter themselves do not supply this alloy in anything but solid shape sections.
As Nessism points out, Reynolds (not ever having worked with a steel like this before) are having trouble achieveing the desired dimensions in the steel they are selling. They have also recommended filler wire, that as far as I am concerned (and several other steel builders have noted) is utterly unacceptable, especially seeing as the correct filler wire is readily available from US Welding Corp. This is compunded by Reynolds supplying seat stays for its tubeset that are in a completely incompatible third composition.
I've been in touch with Trent to discuss the production of this steel tube, to get more information than is presently available.
I'm of the opinion that Reynold's won't have sorted it before someone else markets their own design in the same material without any of Reynolds' input. Which is sad.....