[CR]Re: Classicrendezvous digest, Vol 1 #554 - 12 msgs

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From: Mezzbike1@aol.com
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 14:02:31 EDT
To: monkey37@bluemarble.net
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Classicrendezvous digest, Vol 1 #554 - 12 msgs

Hi Brandon, Just a note on the Vitus 971 tubing you had been discussing last week. I have built at least 25 frames out of that very fine tube set, mostly for sponsorship, and all were in metric (French for us Francophiles). Anyway, when I got the sets I contacted Harry Hovnannian to see if he had any composite info on the tubing. He contacted Alitier de le rive, the manufacturer, for me since the both of us were using the new chrom mo van steel they were making (the Super Vitus 983 series). They informed him that 971 was a light heat treated manganese molybdenum steel similar to Reynolds 753. However, because it was not treated as much as the Reynolds, it makes the 971 a more resilient tube set and, therefore, it is cold setable. As an aside, I am in the process of seeing if I can get my hands on more of that tubing. A have a small supply in storage, but am unable to get my hands on it at the moment. I'll be in further touch with the bike list if I can get it. And now, another comment on Reynolds 501, which someone asked about last week. The CR site had a reply stating that it was the same as 531, but seamed. This is incorrect. It is a chrom-moly unseamed, which was produced before the 525 tube set was and before 525 was heat treated. I know this as fact because I still have the Reynolds brochure regarding their earlier tube sets. Anyway, thanks alot and I hope this helps. Bye......Anthony Mezzatesta

Master Framebuilder