A Little History They may not have been the first but Merlin Cycles began producing bicycle frames in Titanium in 1986. At that time, the best racing frames were using Reynolds 531C, Reynolds 753 and Columbus SLX tubesets (among others). Titanium appeared on the scene offering similar qualities for a
Hype, Fact or Fiction? A lot of hype surrounds the selection of a tubeset for a bicycle frame. Each tubeset has characteristics that make it suitable for the intended use but often the reasons behind the choices are overstated, with a hefty dose of techno-babble thrown in for good measure.