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Columbus tubing in the 80’s

Some of the greatest riders in cycling history have relied on the strength and quality of Columbus tubing. In that number you can include Merckx, Hinault, Coppi, Anquetil, Moser, LeMond and Roche to mention a few.

Columbus tubing was the main competitor to Reynolds in the bicycle tube set market with many of the big name Italian manufacturers of bicycles and framesets utilising their products. Famous name builders such as Bianchi, De Rosa, Ciocc, Pinarello and Colnago all specified the Columbus tubesets as part of their range.

Below is a list of most of the tubing used in the 1980’s.

Columbus MAX

Tube set for special racing bikes made from the exclusive Nivacrom® steel with exceptional strength characteristics. The elliptical cross-sections are oriented in such a way that the major axes are directly opposed to the highest active and passive stresses.
This set has been designed to optimize efficiency under the demands of extreme sprinting, time trials, climbing and strong centrifugal acceleration when descending.

Weight: 1900 g

Columbus MAX

Columbus TSX

Cyclex Steel tube set for professional use, coupling maximum performance with reduced weight. Particularly suitable for stage races of more than 150 Km over mixed terrain. In addition to butted walls, this set has five helicoidal internal reinforcements, thus giving greater rigidity against tube flexing and torsion.

Weight: 1945 g

Columbus TSX

Columbus SLX

Cyclex Steel “Superbutted” tube set specially designed for professional cyclists, featuring five spirals for greater rigidity in the joint area or the bottom bracket. Double-butted tube ends.

Weight: 1966 g

Columbus SLX

Columbus SPX

Cyclex Steel “Superbutted” tube set with increased thickness for professional cyclists. Ideal for larqe frames. Double-butted tube ends.

Weight: 2325 g

Columbus SPX

Columbus SL

Cyclex Steel all-purpose, high-performance tube set for road races over even terrain. Double-butted tubes. Cold-rolled fork blades.

Weight: 1925 g

Columbus SL

Columbus SP

Cyclex Steel heavy-duty, high-performance set, especially recommended for large frames. Double-butted tubing. Cold-rolled fork blades.

Weight: 2215 g

Columbus SP

Columbus CROMOR

Built of cold-drawn, chrome-moly butted tubing, this set is for the more demanding riders who favour versatile, high-performance light frames, but can also be used for larger frames.

Weight: 2190 g

Columbus CROMOR

Columbus AELLE

Set for amateur and touring cyclists, built of cold-drawn, micro alloyed-steel thin-wall tubing which makes it especially lightweight.

Weight: 2345 g

AELLE