Reynolds tubing is synonymous with quality racing cycles and according to the company 27 winners of the Tour de France have won on Reynolds tubing.
Reynolds main competitor was Columbus.
Here is a brief description of Reynolds tubing that was available around the mid 1980’s.
Reynolds 501 Cromalloy-M
Developed by Reynolds in response to the need for a true performance tube for the sports/general purpose frame. It’s super-light and super-strong, manufactured from chrome molybdenum with a high manganese content, DOUBLE BUTTED, and specially cold worked. Reynolds 501 cromalloy-M outperforms all competitive tubes in its category.
Reynolds 531 Special Tourist
A tube set designed specifically for lightweight touring, features include ‘thin’ oval touring fork blades, a main frame triangle with improved weight characteristics and a rear triangle with high performance stays to take the strain of heavy pannier loads.
Set weight: 2300 grms (5.0lbs)
Reynolds 531 Competition
The ‘mainstream’ Reynolds racing set for the performance frame. A real racing thoroughbred tuned to absolute perfection. Many years of experience in the saddle has led Reynolds engineers to produce a classic set with improved stiffness and handling characteristics designed for road racing, track, cyclo cross and time trial.
Set weight: 2050 grms (4.5lbs)
Reynolds 531 Professional
Replaces the previous Reynolds 531 SL set, it has improved weight characteristics and up to the minute design styling in the rear triangle, including new ‘stiffer’ chainstays. Designed for road racing and time trialling.
Set weight: 1900 grms (4.11lbs)
Reynolds 753 Race
Race proven by world champions and winners of the Tour de France as the ultimate racing set for almost all conditions. This set outperforms any other material presently in commercial use, including Titanium, carbon fibre and aluminium alloy. Designed for road race, cyclocross and sprint.
Set weight: 1800 grms (3.9lbs)
Reynolds 753 Track
Ultra high tensile tubes with feather lightness and extreme torsional rigidity and efficient power transfer for the top amateur and professional rider designed for pursuit and time trials.
Set weight: 1750grms(3.8lbs)
Reynolds 531 SL Speedstream
A completely new oval aerodynamic set with improved weight characteristics (40% lighter than the previous set) with increased efficiency over teardrop profiles. Designed for lugless construction for the competitor who demands the very latest in frame tube design and technology. Designed for track and time trials.
Set weight: 2100 grms (4.6lbs)
Fork Blade Transfers
Genuine Reynolds 753,531 or 501 Cromalloy-M fork blades which are manufactured in thin oval, wide oval or round 531 track profiles.