Rikulau formally launched Reynolds 953 stainless steel product during 2006 Eurobike Show. This product drew a lot of attention during Eurobikeshow, and the Interbike and Australian Cycle show that followed.
Reynolds 953 is the latest innovation of the Reynolds tubing family.It is an ultra-strong, highly impact resistant stainless steel,with the legendary resilient ride of steel.This martensitic-aging material went through doublevacuum remelt process to achieve an incredible ultimate tensile strength of more than 2000 MPa which is surpassed only by carbon fiber among all the materials used for frame building. It is so strong that a 953 tube can be as thin as 0.3 mm which is comparable to an IC wafer..No other bicycle frame material can be thinner.
Originally designed for the military industry, it is highly resistant to impact and corrosion and it has a good metal fatigue property. As 953 has a very high tensile strength, a 953 frame has high stiffness. Therefore, all the pedaling power can be effectively transferred to forward moving speed. Besides, 953 still keeps the legendary riding quality of steel frame by absorbing small vibrations from the road.Light weight, efficiency and comfort combined with corrosion and impact resistance, 953 is a gospel to steel lovers.For those who enjoy the riding quality of steel frame, and keen on corrosion-free property and lightness of titanium frame, Reynolds 953 frame is the choice.
Strengths: Stiff enough to sprint and climb well, and well finished.Good geometry and handling. Like the latest Easton EC90 fork with internal carbon thread which when cut just allows you to tighten headset by using specially supplied bolt. Easy and great for home mechanics like me.
Weaknesses: Jewellery like finish makes me not want to take it into harsh riding conditions like rain and road grit, when I have the choice. It has become my fair weather machine, too pretty to get dirty
Amazing smooth finish especially around weld areas. Surprisingly stiff and also comfortable especially after changing the seatpost to a FSA carbon. Weight average for high end racing machine, not as light as high end carbon but also not far off. Overall weight with SRAM Force and American Classic 350's (with Sapim spokes) is 7.4kg. Feels similar to carbon in behavior (meaning stiff) with the familiar steel feel on the road (absorbs road harshness well). Overall well balanced bike with impeccable manners and finish
Similar Products Used: No steel bikes for comparison, but much better than a Colnago Titanium (admittedly a 12 year old Ovaltitan) which has too much flex and somehow climbs poorly due to this, and gives surprisingly similar ride to top end carbon bikes like the Giant TCR Advanced (Dura Ace 5900 and SRAM Red) and Trek Madone 6.9 (Campy Super Record)
Bike Setup: 58cm frame, Chris King headset, 44cm FSA compact SLK 31.8mm handlebar, FSA OS115 110mm stem, FSA SLK carbon seatpost, Selle Italia SLR Carbonio gel flow, SRAM Force 39/53 with 12-25 Shimano D-ace cluster, American Classic 350 wheels with sapim spokes, Kenda Kaliente LR3 Pro tyres, Michelin latex tubes,