A.C.E. Tubing

A.C.E. Tubing

SCROLL DOWN
   Last modified: February 15, 2016

A.C.E. Tubing

A - Air-hardened
C - Custom
E - Extruded

A.C.E. Tubing

Every once in a while an opportunity comes along to take the things you design up a notch, this is one of those times...

In our never ending quest to make the finest production steel bicycles, the chance to finally design our own custom tubeset represents a giant leap forward for our little brand and a logical next step in expanding our capabilities.

This is an opportunity that not many companies get, and the results of which we are incredibly proud. In a few short days we will unveil the first project that utilizes our A.C.E. tubeset, but for now, we'd just like to tell you a little bit about what it is.

A.C.E. is seamless, custom-extruded tubing that is heat treated and air hardened. This allows us to use the thinnest walls practical while maintaining strength and weight targets. Rather than accept the offerings from a tubing supplier, as is the case with our Reynolds and Columbus varieties, A.C.E. allows our engineers to go completely custom with the butting profiles and wall diameters. We are able to do this not only on the main tubes, but on the stays as well. That's right, full frame heat treating and customization!

How custom? Well, for example, on that forthcoming bike we mentioned, we're able to do things such as asymmetric butting on the downtube at the headtube junction. The custom asymmetric butting profile allows us to produce a tube that has increased wall thickness at the bottom, and reduced wall thickness at the top. The resulting downtube retains its strength while eliminating the need for external headtube gussets. This creates a frame that is both stronger, lighter, and better looking than could be accomplished via off the shelf options.

This level of customization opens up a whole new world of possibilities to tune the ride and feel of our line and makes our A.C.E. tubing bikes completely unique.

While we will be expanding the line of A.C.E. tubing bicycles over the years, it is not something that we plan to utilize for every model. In many cases the off-the-shelf tubing options meet our needs swimmingly, but when we really need to go deep on a project, you can expect to see the A.C.E. tubing badge.

Comments image

Jared Carlson

February 15, 2016

Great news, excited to see the Log Lady with the new A.C.E tubing.

ABW

February 22, 2016

Is there a difference between “air hardened” and “air hardening”?  I see the latter on Reynolds tubing but have heard the former thrown around a lot.

Jeff Frane

February 22, 2016

They are the same…

Gid

February 11, 2017

Is this technique used on the 2017 Space Horse?

Leave a comment










* Get your picture next to your comment with a Gravatar Account.

Recent Posts

Unidentified Flying Object or New Cosmic Stallion?

Unidentified Flying Object or New Cosmic Stallion?

Eyewitness accounts confirm the Cosmic Stallion is available now in two new colorways with updated geo and spec.
Read More

Viva La Space Horse! Cycling From Seattle to San Diego with Pedal the Pacific

Viva La Space Horse! Cycling From Seattle to San Diego with Pedal the Pacific

Launched in 2017, Pedal the Pacific recently completed a 1,700-mile ride from Seattle to San Diego to increase awareness about sex trafficking.
Read More

At Long Last! A.C.E. Updates for the Macho King and Nature Boy

At Long Last! A.C.E. Updates for the Macho King and Nature Boy

Now built from our proprietary A.C.E. steel tubing, the Macho King and Nature Boy are back to separate the cyclocross contenders from the pretenders.
Read More

Archive