d?le writes:
"Cold setting, within certain parameters of course, is a
perfectly normal thing and something that makes steel
a preferred substance for bikes as it can survive that process."

two points:
the thing that used to bug me about that 'issue' is, "what do the
importers know about the alignment of these frames that the
maker (of the frames) do not? that is, you take a frame that
was sent over as 'finished', and then you finish it some more??"
i never bought that one!
secondly, throughout the duration, all ten speed drive brochures
stated that their alignment services brought the frames into tolerances
of .001mm. that's A THOUSANDTH OF A MILLEMETER!!!!!!!
that typo was never corrected in any of the printed pieces that
tsd mailed out.