US-Made Stainless Steel MS2(TM)Tubing Gains Foothold
Appearing in high-end stock bikes as well as custom models
Arizona based company, Vyatek Sports, has worked with KVA STAINLESS to design Exogrid, a carbon/stainless steel composite tubing , which has been built into a road bike by Dean Titanium Bicycles; on display at the KVA booth at Interbike.
KVA’s vice-president of sales, Douglas Gore, explains, “The starting point is an MS2 stainless steel tube. We then design and engineer a precise pattern to be laser machined to remove the optimal amount of material from the tube. The resulting lightweight metal skeleton tube is then fused with a patented carbon technology that has an advanced composite inner structure. The characteristics of the different materials in a multi-material tube structure allow for a tube lighter than the original stainless steel tube with stiffer bending/torsion performance. With this mix, we could achieve 1050 – 1110 gram (37-39 ounce/sub 2.5lb) frames.”