We're proud to say that Reynolds has played a major part in how our bikes and ranges have developed over time. For nearly 10 years we've worked closely with their engineers to utilse beautiful and high-functioning tubesets that have made bikes like the Croix de Fer and Volare possible.
We spoke to Keith Noronha, the man, the myth, the legend, MD and all round nice guy at Reynolds Steel and pitched some questions to him. Here is what he had to say...
Around 29 years, initially involved when TI Group PLC owned Reynolds.
Reynolds started in 1898 in Birmingham, to exploit a patent to make “butted” (variable wall thickness tubing) for the cycle industry that significantly reduced the weight of a bike frame. That mechanical manufacturing process is still used now, to make high strength steel and titanium tube sets.
Our record of 27 wins by Tour De France riders using Reynolds tubing will probably not be surpassed due to the changes in the way bikes are made now. We are proud to be manufacturing in Birmingham for the last 118 years despite pressure to move it abroad during tough times for the industry.
Designers have a lot of flexibility using steel, which allows them to use its’ features to suit the many types of frame design possible. Properly chosen, a good steel bike should feel as though it fits like a custom tailored set of clothes and could last you a lifetime – most of our customers expect decades of use.
There are thousands of steel alloy variations now and many more yet to evolve. With the many types of fabrication from bonding, brazing and welding possible and now linked to the latest moves into 3D printing, this is a class of material that will not become dated.
I did a frame-building course recently and now ride a custom 953 with a 3D printed head tube. All my bikes are prototypes...