If the last year and a half has been marked by anything in Myth Cycles, it’s been supply shortages. Bike parts, tubing, dropouts, you name it, and we’ve had a hard time getting it. This isn’t unique to us at all, and the whole world is feeling the squeeze, especially right now.
In the midst of all this, our previous tubing supplier here in the US decided to discontinue their bicycle tubing line. While it was a bit of a bummer, it pushed us to make a move we’ve been wanting to make for a long time.
So as of today, (or as of a few months ago actually) we’ve switched to Reynolds 853 tubing for most of our bikes. This is big for us, and we are absolutely stoked to be partnered with this legendary company moving forward. Reynolds needs no introduction, and the amazing work they do in the world of butted tubing is something we’re really looking forward to including in our bikes.
So what does this mean? Any of our bikes built with straight top and down tubes will be made with Reynolds 853. If you’re getting a custom bike with bent tubes, those are still built with butted 4130 chro-moly. 853 is a heat treated steel, and is unbendable, meaning there is still a place for other steels in our shop in the long run.
There are a lot of reasons why this is so exciting for us. Reynolds is a company with a long-standing reputation in the bike industry, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. They have the largest range of custom butting profiles available, which means we get to choose exactly what we need when designing a frame. The consistency in quality is a breath of fresh air, and it’s great to work with a company that cares about bikes as much as we do. All of this was gained with a small increase in cost of materials, but we believe it’s a small price to pay.
There are a lot of photos on our website of bikes with no steel decal, or with decals of other steels, and we’ll update things as best we can.
We’ll be posting pictures of the first frames made with Reynolds soon here on the blog, as well as on instagram, so keep an eye out for that. Until then, here’s a preview:
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