Carbon, aluminum, titanium and steel have been the standard in the cycling community. Now MS2™ - martensitic stainless steel tubing created by KVA STAINLESS™ after years of engineering and development perfecting patented welding and thermal processing technologies - allows framebuilders to create the world’s best road, cyclocross, touring, freestyle, mountain bikes, & BMX. KVA STAINLESS™ MS2™ stainless steel bicycle tubes are proudly made in the USA
MS2™ tubes are manufactured from first quality domestic specialty air-hardenable martensitic stainless steel strip, seam welded in Escondido, CA, cold drawn and butted, and then precision vacuum heat treated using aerospace specifications to an amazing tensile strength in excess of 200 ksi (1400 MPa). This means MS2™ variable wall thickness (“butted") tubes have a strength-to-weight ratio rivaling or exceeding the best heat-treated titanium and aged aluminum tubing on the market.
MS2™ tubing unlocks your creativity… it is compatible with all methods of construction, including:
"[Your] riders should expect excellent ride characteristics with outstanding durability and toughness from our new MS2™ bicycle tubing,"
– Doug Gore
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Mark Nobilette, of Nobilette Cycles, said, "I believe that KVA has finally made the stainless tube set that frame builders want. It integrates the best with the stainless fittings that are already out there."
Alex Cook, of A-train Cycles, said, "I was surprised and impressed with the workability of KVA MS2™ stainless tubing. KVA is an awesome company to do business with: from the ease of online ordering and customer services, to the care in packaging, and of course the finished product."
The popular SoCal builder, Ritte, has rapidly built a reputation making road race bicycles, and is excited about building with MS2™ tubing. Company founder, Spencer Canon, said, "We have noticed a certain liveliness in the ride quality of oversized stainless tubes that complements carbon fiber and it gives the frame a lot more feel. Of the stainless manufacturers, KVA offers more tubing options, which has allowed us to experiment more and come up with a design that has a carbon front triangle, and stainless rear triangle, lugs, bottom bracket shell, and head tube. From what we've seen, some of the stainless steel bikes and hybrids will be able to hold their own against all-carbon frames in a race."
Chris Van Der Gaag, of DMP Bicycles said, "Today I was able to assemble our first KVA stainless steel bike with some components I had laying around in my workshop. Although the frame is not finished, I was able to take it for a first ride. Although it was already dark outside, I was surprised to feel the first impression. The bike felt more crisp and direct than I had anticipated. I was expecting a more soft ride, but instead it felt very responsive. This was particularly noticeable when standing on the pedals, the bike really sets off once you put the power to the pedals."
Paul Taylor, of Taylor Bicycles, said, "KVA STAINLESS™ is willing to listen to the frame builders and what they have to say, and takes their input seriously. I like the fact that the tubing is made in America and is readily available, in stock, and offered in a variety of diameters and sizes. The quality of the KVA'S MS2™ tubing is excellent and it's more user friendly and easier to work with than some of the competitors' stainless steel tubing. My customers love it!"
Douglas Gore, former vice-president of sales and business development, said, "Bike builders have been very generous with their ideas and thoughts, as well as extremely supportive. Cyclists should expect excellent ride characteristics, outstanding durability, and toughness from our new MS2™ bicycle tubing. And on the style side, stainless steel offers the timeless beauty and unmatched craftsmanship of an unpainted frame. In the olden days of cycling, pre-1975, bicycles were built with steel frames, plated steel spokes and chromed steel rims. When stainless steel spokes arrived everybody celebrated and immediately switched over. Stainless steel as a frame tubing material has held much promise, but until now has been seen as too expensive, too difficult to work with, or both. KVA STAINLESS™ solves these problems with MS2™."Top