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    differences in steel

    Curious, what if any are the riding differences, other than weight, between high tensile and Chrom moly?

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    High tensile is not for any bike you push hard. Chromoly is hardened steel and is tensile also- without the fear of breaking.
    Chromoly can be a thinner wall tube. Chromoly can withstand many years of punishment. Chromoly good , tensile steel bad .

    Also a mix of the 2 doesn't sound good either, I had a discuss with the bmx boyz and the front Chromo\ tensile steel rear triangle tended to noodle after a good beating.
    I think a combo will increase the chance of failure as the tensile will give more> Planned obsolescence perhaps.

    I run Chromo stem and seatpost on my Ritchey as it is a unusually hard, thick metal and Alu flexes WAAAY too much. With a full Chromo build the entire bike reacts with the same flex (little), and I have little fear of catastrophic failure. I am maybe 1\2 pound heavier with the stronger metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barndog
    Curious, what if any are the riding differences, other than weight, between high tensile and Chrom moly?
    Some short and sweet definitions: http://www.whycycle.co.uk/stickers.htm

    I would avoid Hi-Tens and go with 4130 Chro-Mo (or at least Chro-mo). 4130 bikes I've owned have excellent feel and handling - just the right amount of flex, strong, light and fast feeling. Hi-Tens feels brittle and slow to me. I suppose it could depend on the style of bike, to some extent.
    'My other bike is a bike.'

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