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    Want to ride more! JoeF45's Avatar
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    Anyone have experience in building up a chinese carbon fiber frame from e-bay?

    Hello, everyone;

    I've been watching the appearance of carbon fiber framesets (sometimes with carbon fork, handlebars, stem, seatpost, bottle cages, and saddle) on e-Bay, at very low prices. Carbon frames show up at $325 and up, and a full-on carbon offering has appeared at sub-$550 rates.

    They all seem to be sourced through Hong Kong.

    Anyone have experience in purchasing and building up one of these frames?

    I know about quality issues, and really want to hear about actual experience. Some adventurous cyclist must have taken the leap.

    If so, what did you find after sending your money off on PayPal?

    And most importantly, what kind of products did you get? Well-finished, decent, or junk?

    What kind of bike did you build up, and how does it ride?

    Post any photos, please!

    TIA

    JoeF

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    Here is a forum/thread with zillions of posts on the subject:

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/bik...-a-241785.html

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    Don from Austin Texas
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeF45 View Post
    Hello, everyone;

    I've been watching the appearance of carbon fiber framesets (sometimes with carbon fork, handlebars, stem, seatpost, bottle cages, and saddle) on e-Bay, at very low prices. Carbon frames show up at $325 and up, and a full-on carbon offering has appeared at sub-$550 rates.

    They all seem to be sourced through Hong Kong.

    Anyone have experience in purchasing and building up one of these frames?

    I know about quality issues, and really want to hear about actual experience. Some adventurous cyclist must have taken the leap.

    If so, what did you find after sending your money off on PayPal?

    And most importantly, what kind of products did you get? Well-finished, decent, or junk?

    What kind of bike did you build up, and how does it ride?

    Post any photos, please!

    TIA

    JoeF
    I have built three. Two with frames from e-bay, one I bought direct through Alibaba.com

    I have a CF road bike -- unless you want to call it "hybrid" due to flat bars -- a CF 26" MTB, and a CF hybrid w Alfine 8 and compact double built on a cyclocross frame.. I have no complaints with any of the frames, nor the CF forks, headsets,CF seatposts and CF bars I bought.

    Here is the latest I bought: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/48...rame_fork.html I paid Ms. Fanny Ding w Paypal and she gave me an ETA which was NOT accurate. The frame and other CF components arrived almost 3 wks EARLY. At this time their web site says minimum order 6 pieces, but when I ordered it said one.

    I could find no fault with anything nor can my LBS.

    The "road" bike has about 3k miles on it w no issues whatsoever related to CF components.

    Don in Austin

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    Don from Austin Texas
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