Reynolds tubings have been highly regarded in the bike industry. For bike lovers, dreaming of having a bike frame with Reynolds tubing sticker has been a common memory. Now the dream can be easily achieved with Rikulau bikes. Since its introduction to the market in 1995, Reynolds 853 has set new standards for steel bicycle tubing. The strength to weight ratio similar to that of quality titanium and the air hardening property that actually increases strength in the welding area make 853 a top contender for the highest quality bicycle frame that requires stiffness, excellent fatigue strength, and superb ride quality. 853 is a legend. Not because it is by a century old legendary company, but it has reached what other steel materials have never been able to.
A frame built with Reynolds 853 tubing does not automatically make it a good frame. It is frame building skills that adds soul to it. Every Rikulau 853 frame is welded with CrMo welding rod. After welded, it goes through stress release sand blasting. Therefore, Rikulau frame has a superb ride quality. Rikulaus 853 frame has a very elegant and delicate traditional horizontal geometry. Again, high precision processing and the best welding quality have gained very high reputation among our customers.
An International Audax long distance trip participant in Australia went for a 2 day 400 km trip on a Rikulau Phoenix 853 bike in November 2006. He was so satisfied with the bikes comfort and stability that he decided to take the bike for another trip of 600 km in the following week. He owns more than 6 big brand bikes, but chose Rikulau to be his companion on this trip.
Strengths: Beautiful welds, excellent graphics, race worthy thanks to heat treatment, electro deposition in the inner tubing and excellent ride quality.
Weaknesses: none yet.
Phoenix 853, this bike is so smooth and it is also race worthy. I really love this bike it is snappy on the sprints and comfortable in the longest ride, even the rough road of Asia can be conquered by this bike. This bike is probably the closes ride feel to its big brother 953 Stainless steel with a better pricepoint.