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Old 05-02-11, 03:36 PM   #1
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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
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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Old 05-02-11, 03:42 PM   #2
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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.

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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.
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Old 05-02-11, 05:33 PM   #6
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Many are identified as Cro-Mo.
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V3 Cromo, RANS Screamer
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