View Full Version : Columbus New SLX Tubing
Dan Le foot
09-07-2009, 01:07 PM
I'm looking at a used Italian Frame on Ebay and it's made with SLX NEW tubing. Seller thinks the frame is late 90's? I can't find alot of info on this tubing. I know SLX is early 80's but unsure on NEW SLX. Anyone have info on this?
09-07-2009, 02:26 PM
Dan...the second link has more detail and additional links which perhaps might help to answer your question. You might want to post a question across the hall to some of the builders as well.
Steve in SLO
09-07-2009, 02:32 PM
Columbus SL with a 125# wt limit and SLX and R 531 with a 150# rider limit?
Seems a bit conservative...either that, or I am lucky to be alive.
09-08-2009, 03:07 AM
Yep, I had frame a few years ago with 'NEW SLX' (or was it the other way 'round? :)) stamped into the bottom bracket shell. I don't know a heap about it, but I doubt it would be much different to SLX or SL, etc. Maybe a slightly different weight or tensile strength, but I doubt the ride would be any different.
09-08-2009, 08:00 AM
Yep, I a frame a few years ago with 'NEW SLX' (or was it the other way 'round? :)) stamped into the bottom bracket shell. I don't know a heap about it, but I doubt it would be much different to SLX or SL, etc. Maybe a slightly different weight or tensile strength, but I doubt the ride would be any different.
Is it oversized like all modern steel tubing, or the same diameter like the SLX of old?
09-08-2009, 09:22 PM
I bet this is the same stuff Colnago sold as "Conic Spiral" SLX, the one my friend had came with a fluted downtube but this earlier one seems to be smooth:
Here's someone that took a pic of his SLX NEW tube:
I would imagine it's the same stuff that Italian Cycling Journal link above refers to as SLX "Superbutted"
Here's a guy who measured both his old SLX and SLX NEW tubes and the main tubes were the same size:
I doubt it has any Nivacrom in it like some guys are guessing, Columbus would have surely given it an entirely new name.
In any case, it's really good stuff.
09-09-2009, 11:13 PM
I've owned both old and new SLX. As I recall, it's a refresh--I think shorter butts etc. But the effect to me is that they were both steel and both good.
09-10-2009, 02:21 AM
Someone said somewhere that SLX New was originally called PRX and was ribbed Cyclex tubing.
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