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I'm thinking about a custom built cx frameset... What kind of tubeset do You suggest? Reynolds 853? Columbus Zona? Or other suggestions? Why?

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if you approach a reputable builder, they may be able to shed some light on tubeset spec based on telling them more about yourself, how you ride, and your physical measurements.

that might be a question for you and your framebuilder to hash out if you haven't developed a preference.  design, construction (tig'd/lug'd/fillet brazed), your size/riding style, etc. all factor into the equation. 

that said, I've been very pleased with the columbus spirit-for-lugs  a/k/a "pegorichie."  i have a few bikes sporting those tubes and they give me a good feeling, especially for cx.  it's also available in "uber over-sized" now . .. some great options out there now for custom steel.  have fun with the process!

Who is making your frameset? I'm in the middle of a titanium CX build from 333fab in Seattle.

Brent Steelman of Steelman Cycles is incredibly knowledgeable about various steel tubes sets and is also a terrific frame-builder. I've had several of his bikes over the years, most made of Dedacciai or 853 and they are the bikes I return to after being disappointed in other frame materials. I know he's using some other stuff as well these days. You should check out his website.

My new 'old-school' MTB was built out of OX-Plat (from TrueTemper), great steel....   one worth considering investigating.


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