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Columbus SL vs Columbus TENAX

Old 08-13-13, 03:16 PM
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Columbus SL vs Columbus TENAX

My good friend and I were having a back-and-forth argument over which tubing is better. He has a mid 80s' Schwinn Tempo (TENAX) while I own an early 80s' Faggin Campione Del Mondo (SL). We bet a case of beer on whose frame is generally "better" than the other's.

Any idea?


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Old 08-13-13, 03:20 PM
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Better how? SL was more expensive and lighter.
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Old 08-13-13, 03:27 PM
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Well, in the least, your bike says "World Champion" in Italian on its name, while his bikes model name sometimes reminds us all of that horrible car that Ford used to make....... But he can get back at you with the first name on your bike too.... I dunno, I think it's a tie.
Go to the bar together, celebrate and get drunk.....
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He owes you some beer....
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That is exactly what I am looking for. Better in terms of weight, performance, price (we both bought ours from CL for roughly the same price), and overall quality of the alloy.
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This isn't even a debate.

Columbus runs circles around tenax.

Plus Italian bikes > American bikes

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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
This isn't even a debate.

Columbus runs circles around tenax.

Plus Italian bikes > American bikes

You might have to weigh the Faggin. Way back we found that there was on some of their bikes such a close call between the Columbus SL and Columbus tretubi Faggin frames that we decided just to stock the Faggin tretubi, same weight and $100+ dollars cheaper.

Isn't the better bike the fastest up the hill anyway?
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Better how? SL was more expensive and lighter.
+1

Here's the Columbus Tenax decal.



According to Columbus distributor Nova Cycle Supply, much of the tubing used by Schwinn in the late eighties/early nineties and labeled as Tenax is actually Cromor. Other Columbus tubing may also have been labeled Tenax.



Cromor was double-butted seamed chromoly, but in the drawing and butting process the seam weld became so homogeneous that it's virtually seamless.

Here are the butting profiles for SL and Cromor showing the slightly thicker wall thickness of Cromor. The SL tubeset weight was 1925 grams, while the Cromor tubeset weight was 2190 grams.



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