Bicycle Tubing & Fork Blades Are Made From Airplane Turbine Blade Metal

Stainless Steel bicycle frames may sound out of date, but for strength, safety, repairability, durability, and aesthetic beauty, nothing beats KVA’s Stainless Steel.
By: Douglas Gore
 
Dec. 22, 2010 - PRLog -- Martensitic Stainless Steel has been the preferred and specified stainless steel for airplane turbine blades and ball bearings because of the high strength characteristics and durability. Already proven and tested by KVA STAINLESS in other industries such as automotive, patented KVA martensitic stainless steel (MS2) structural tubing is now being manufactured and sold by KVA STAINLESS for the fabrication of high performance bike frames and bicycle fork blades.

MS2 Stainless steel bike tubing for road and mountain bike frames was just released to bike frame builders and to the public in December 2010.  KVA STAINLESS recently finalized several new stainless steel fork blade designs with the intention of making them available to bike frame builders and the public in February of 2011.

“These new fork blade designs will be incorporated into several different styles of bicycle frames and displayed at our booth at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in February,” says Douglas Gore, vice-president of sales and business development.

Over the last three years, Joe McCrink, production manager and Danny Codd, principal engineer, have manufactured and tested numerous road bike frames using MS2 tubing.  McCrink stated, "There is a growing interest for stainless steel frames as riders like the 'feel of stainless steel'.   McCrink and Codd recently attended Interbike to network with bicycle manufacturers.  "There was much excitement and interest in KVA's stainless steel tubing technology across all bicycle market segments, from mountain to high-end road bikes.  It's the right time for this technology in the bicycle industry," says Codd.

Many people believe engineering is more important than materials, but that is not entirely true.  The differences in material-especially failure modes-can increase safety and reduce injuries.  Stainless steel frames may sound out of date, but for strength, safety, repairability, durability, and aesthetic beauty, nothing beats steel or Stainless Steel.

Weight has been hyped in the media to the point that manufacturers are creating frames that are just one bad bump away from disaster. If you have not seen the results of failed forks and handlebars, try Googling "broken fork."  It's not a pretty picture.  The number of failures in high-end forks and frames is astounding, all because manufacturers feel pressure to defy the laws of physics with lighter and lighter forks and frames.

Safety is defined not just by the durability of a part, but also by the warnings the rider receives before component failure.  A part that bends before it breaks is safer than one that snaps suddenly.  Material strength equals safety, but what kind of strength?

Of the most common materials used in bike frames today, carbon fiber has the highest rate of catastrophic failure.  Steel and Stainless Steel has the lowest rate of catastrophic failure.  “When steel fails, it fails slowly.  In a sport where speed is the name of the game, failure is the one area where it's good to be slow.  Real slow,” says Gore.

About KVA Stainless Inc.
KVA Stainless Inc., based in San Diego, CA, is an engineering and research company that also manufactures seam welded stainless steel tubing. KVA has spent years developing and patenting it’s technologies around air hardenable martensitic stainless steels and other hardenable ferrous alloys, which can be used for tubes, pipes, structures, components or parts. For additional information on our bike tubing, please visit http://www.kvastainless.com/bicycles.html#tubing-info or call 760-489-5821.

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KVA Stainless is an engineering and research company that also manufactures seam welded tubing. KVA has spent years developing and patenting it’s technologies around air hardenable martensitic stainless steels and other hardenable ferrous alloys.
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Source:Douglas Gore
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Tags:Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Cycling, Bicyles, Bike Frame, Bike Tube Set, Bike Forks, Stainless Steel Bike Tubing
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Location:Escondido - California - United States
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