Perhaps one of the latest revolution in steel alloys is the new Columbus XCR tubing. Pretty neat. It is probably their answer to super light Reynold's "Carpenter's" tubing. I'm not here to compare and contrast, but simply to show you what Pegarotti, the famed Italian frame maker, has lately come up with this alloy. Handcrafted and handpainted for your pleasure, this thing is stuff of beauty. It'll set you back 4500 dollars, and I wonder how much we have to pay for his painting. (?) Is he a talented artist, I don't know? Find out. Anyway, interesting part of the story is that he named it Ciavete (cha-va-tay, from some Italian dialect), which literally means "f*** off", reflecting the feelings he has towards the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2006. Atleast this is what competitive cyclist as to say. So there's something for language class.