Stronger than steel, stiffer than titanium, and a better feel than both, MS3 stainless steel offers a rare and beautiful component to a bicycle that can’t be matched.
For years aluminium, carbon, steel, and titanium have been the standard in the cycling community. Now MS3 stainless steel tubing, created by KVA STAINLESS™ through years of engineering and development, allows frame builders to create the world’s best road, cyclocross, touring, freestyle, mountain and BMX bikes. KVA STAINLESS™ MS3 bicycle tubes are proudly made in the USA using the highest quality domestic materials.
Already proven in other industries, KVA STAINLESS™ precipitation hardening stainless steel MS3 provides these benefits in your custom, high performance bicycle frames:
- Increased strength and toughness
- Improved ride quality
- Reduced weight
- Finishing and painting versatility
- Corrosion resistance
MS3 tubing unlocks your creativity… it is compatible with all methods of construction, including:
- Silver brazed lugged
- Silver fillet brazing
- TIG welding
- Hybrid (MS3/chromoly/steel)
- Adhesive bonding
MS3 tubes are manufactured from first quality domestic specialty precipitation hardening stainless steel strip, seam welded in Escondido, CA, cold drawn and butted, and then precision vacuum heat treated using aerospace specifications to an amazing tensile strength of 200 ksi (1400 MPa). This means MS3 variable wall thickness (“butted”) tubes have a strength-to-weight ratio rivaling or exceeding the best heat-treated titanium and aged aluminum tubing on the market.
“[Your] riders should expect excellent ride characteristics with outstanding durability and toughness from our new MS3 bicycle tubing.”
– Doug Gore