Does anyone know how to get a hold on the taiwan-manufactured reynolds? It's probably cheaper, so I'm on the lookout.
Strawberry does 525. Their web site is a bit weird (atmo) so there might be other options somewhere.
Strawberry Cyclesport :: Reynolds Cycle Frame Tubing
Fairing distributes it. That's where I buy Reynolds stuff.
Fairing Industrial Inc.
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.
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?
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.