I emailed KVA a few weeks ago, no response yet, so I guess the tubing isn't easily available yet. Freddy may know something, he has a link to KVA on cycledesign.
I agree with you 100% But.........swift said:The sport of mt. biking is calling out to stainless tubing manufacturers in a BIG way. The material is a natural fit IMO.
Druelling in anticipation!
Great insight.dbohemian said:I agree with you 100% But.........
It will never be mainstream and here are my thoughts as to why. Stainless steel is almost everybit as time consuming to deal with as titanium and Ti has a lot better profit margin than "steel" . If one was a builder and could weld either stainless or Ti most high end customers will go with Ti.
It is just my opinion but generally MTB has become so budget oriented in the custom frame world that convincing people to pay 1k+ more than a standard steel ride is going to be a hard sell. Certainly we will probably all love to give it a try and for the hobbiest who cares? but we have to push the threshold price way up to get the public to buy on to a 2-3k MTB frame.
This is mainly why we have not seen much if any stainless to date either in the road or MTB world. But KVA's offerings will be competitively priced with other high end tubing from True Temper, Columbus etc. There will be more labor in the fabrication but maybe less in the paint/powder department and if the material works maybe we can build a niche following for stainless.
All the best,
Dave, what makes SS so time consuming? I know that it's harder to machine than mild steel, but the welding is virtually the same isn't it? I suppose there may be some back purging requirements or something for SS that I'm unaware of....dbohemian said:Stainless steel is almost everybit as time consuming to deal with as titanium
Where are you sourcing titanium? That statement doesn't ring true for me. There are a lot of small details concerning titanium that pick, pick, pick away at margin.dbohemian said:... Ti has a lot better profit margin than "steel" ...