Re: [CR]Columbus SLX Story


From: OROBOYZ@aol.com
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 10:24:58 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Columbus SLX Story
To: sterling@tns.net, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 3/4/2003 11:39:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, sterling@tns.net writes:

<< I just spoke to Lewis Imports ( the original importer of Tommasini "Thomas" bikes) about SLX yesterday. He said SLX was introduced in 78 or 79 and that it was originaly introduced as a seat tube only as a fix for a rash of broken seat tubes at the front derailleur braze on location on SL tubed bikes. Builders eventually figured how to do the front derailleur braze ons with SL and not have the breaking problem. SLX was introduced to help spread the heat out through the tub better during brazing. >>

I remember that as well. I had a De Rosa with ribbed seat tube only.. It had the generic late 70s Columbus decal, no "SLX" designation... The eventual "SLX set" was that same (approx.) seat tube used as the down tube (with the internal ribs on one end only) plus ribbed chainstays. Seat stays, top tube and head tube were all the same old stuff.

Dale Brown
Greensboro, North Carolina