snipped: <On Fri, 31 May 2002 14:59:37 EDT Gjvinbikes@aol.com writes: Since exotic tubing sets are more expensive than "HiTen gaspipe" tubings, isn't there a real opportunity for some enterprising framebuilder, or company, to lower costs dramatically by using the cheaper tubing and applying his craftsmanship towards building the best bike possible with the cheaper components ? Pass some of this cost savings on to customers and keep some for extra marginal profitability.> Glenn Jordan - Durham, NC
there are no appreciable cost differences between the 'so-called'
normal tubes (531, etcetera) and those considered boutique-y.
at most-a range of $50 difference, depending on the distribution
channels and the volume buying involved. i can't address the relative
costs of the "HiTen gaspipe" because i haven't bought any!