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Columbus 858 Nivachrome vs. Reynolds 853

Old 05-08-12, 11:09 AM
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Columbus 858 Nivachrome vs. Reynolds 853

I'm considering replacing my current road bike that has a TIG welded Reynolds 853 frame (and late-90s Shimano Ultegra components) with one with a lugged Columbus 858 Nivachrome double butted frame (and 2011 Campy Veloce components). How do these frames compare as far as weight, stiffness, ride? I ride more recreationally than for sport. Would I even notice a difference?

Thanks, in advance, for any insight.
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Old 05-08-12, 11:37 AM
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Both are great hi-performance steel formulations with very similar tube thickness. Reynolds 853 has slightly higher tensile strength as compared with nivacrom but the difference is minimal. The ride of the frame will be much more enfluenced by the builders selection of tubing diameter, wall thickness, joinery and overall design than as compared to the label on tubeset.
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Geometry and construction will make much more of a difference than frame material in apparent ride quality, and even that is less of a factor than, say, tire pressure. For the most part, you will need to ride both to tell the difference, and if that difference is better or worse- very subjective thing. Assuming the same tubing thickness, the 853 welded frame will be slightly lighter just from the lack of lugs. But the tubing thickness is yet another variable. Get the new bike if it appeals to you... remember "N+1" is the number of bikes you need, where "N" is the number of bikes you have.
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