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    Saddle rails, what are they made of?

    I was looking at high quality saddles recently and was wondering about all these made up names for metal rails. What are they really? I understand Mn and Va labeled rails are steel w/ manganese and vanadium used as alloying agents.

    FeC makes sense. It's a steel w/ iron and carbon as its primary elements. What about:
    Ti 316
    Vanox
    Ti-nox
    Titanox
    K:ium (a potassium based alloy?)

    Seems the saddle companies are trying to pass off metals that sound like titanium but are not really. Understandable, b/c high quality Ti alloys are very expensive these days.

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    Ti 316 is a titanium based alloy,Vanox is a high vanadium content tool steel.The rest I don't know.
    Last edited by Booger1; 05-02-11 at 03:45 PM.
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    My green Brooks B17 has titanium rails.

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    Mine are either a steel or aluminum alloy...don't see the point in titanium on a bike that weighs 40#+

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    Steel, Al alloy, Ti or carbon fiver - just about the same choices as frames.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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