New research unlocks secrets of steel tubing

Computer analysis reveals that the ideal steel bike would combine tubing from different manufacturers to produce the best possible stiffness and comfort

De Rosa Sessanta Black label Steel road bike

The computerised analysis of hundreds of frame tubes is unlocking a new way to specify the perfect steel bike.

Most steel frames are built with tubes of the same grade of material from a single manufacturer, such as Reynolds, Columbus or Tange.

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