Weight essays

Aluminum seems to be the material that has come closest to the goal of doing what steel does but with less weight.  30+ years ago, aluminum was lighter than steel but it was harsh riding and too stiff.  As higher quality materials and aluminum alloys became available, tubing manufacturers became more and more able to make aluminum tubes with a thinner wall thickness which reduced stiffness and even lowered weight.  BUT, at the same time, steel tubing benefited from new alloys and advancements in production and design.  Steel tubing is now much lighter than it had been. Also, frame parts like lugs, bottom bracket shells, seat collars, etc. have been slimmed down by new materials and production techniques to reduce full frame weight even further.  This is proof in our eyes that steel is still at the forefront of frame material.  If it is "old" or whatever you want to call it, contact Columbus, Reynolds, True Temper or some of the other steel tubing manufacturers and ask them why they continue to spend millions of dollars on R&D for steel tubes.  :)

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