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    Default Reynolds 520 distributor

    Does anyone know how to get a hold on the taiwan-manufactured reynolds? It's probably cheaper, so I'm on the lookout.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Strawberry does 525. Their web site is a bit weird (atmo) so there might be other options somewhere.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Fairing distributes it. That's where I buy Reynolds stuff.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Yes, but do they sell 520? They only list 525.

    Let me explain: I'm not in the US, I'm in Brazil, and importing tubes is really expensive. Also, people (most of them, at least) here don't have the best financial status, so the cheaper the better. All I can find locally is 4130 straight gauge, wich is almost good, but I can't get butted tubes nor chain stays without paying a 100% import tax. If I could get tubes directly from taiwan or maybe even china, I bet I could save a lot and pass it on to the final costumer.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    525 is from Taiwan as well. It wouldn't hurt to ask them if they carry 520.

    That said, I'd assume if you wanted to get the tubes shipped direct from Taiwan, you should probably just contact Reynolds directly.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Quote Originally Posted by jaredjerome View Post
    525 is from Taiwan as well. It wouldn't hurt to ask them if they carry 520.

    That said, I'd assume if you wanted to get the tubes shipped direct from Taiwan, you should probably just contact Reynolds directly.
    Yes, I've asked them. I'll wait for the reply and post here what they say - hopefully it will be useful for other builders like me. I'm just afraid that they won't ship in small quantities.

    Are you sure 525 is made in Taiwan? Reynolds' site says 520 is the same as 525, only made under license for them in Taiwan. Whats the difference then?

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Reply from Reynolds: "Reynolds in Taiwan only make for OEM companies (large orders, not custom builders)".

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    It's the 520 "range" that is made in Taiwan (both 520 and 525). I honestly don't know the difference between 520 and 525, I've never tried either.

    I could be wrong, but that's how I understood the explanation from Fairing.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Would Dedacciai stuff be a possibility? I think I heard somewhere that their lower end stuff is made in Taiwan...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suhacycles View Post
    Would Dedacciai stuff be a possibility? I think I heard somewhere that their lower end stuff is made in Taiwan...?
    Maybe. I'll take a look at it. Who sells their tubing? I hadn't even considered it...

    Another option could be Tange, but I haven't found anyone selling them too. Their distributors page is kinda messy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpavao View Post
    Maybe. I'll take a look at it. Who sells their tubing? I hadn't even considered it...

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    Joe Bringheli does here in the US: BRINGHELI That probably doesn't help you though.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Quote Originally Posted by fpavao View Post
    I'm in Brazil, and importing tubes is really expensive.....100% import tax. If I could get tubes directly from taiwan or maybe even china, I bet I could save a lot and pass it on to the final costumer.
    Probably not, most companies protect their distributors carefully.

    One possiblity would be to buy tubes at retail in Taiwan. There is a least one bike related Taiwanese retailer who routinely sells things on Ebay for $2 plus say $89 shipping. Presumably he declares the value at $2 for customs purposes.

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    Default Re: Reynolds 520 distributor

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Anderson View Post
    Joe Bringheli does here in the US: BRINGHELI That probably doesn't help you though.

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    It helps a bit. Anything cheap would be better than having a straight gauge chainstay or paying a little fortune for reynolds or columbus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post

    One possiblity would be to buy tubes at retail in Taiwan. There is a least one bike related Taiwanese retailer who routinely sells things on Ebay for $2 plus say $89 shipping. Presumably he declares the value at $2 for customs purposes.
    I'll take a look at that! Probably not very legal, but who cares. As long as I don't get ripped off by the government, it's ok.

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