Courtesy of Bike Biz, a UK based online trade web site. The rims in one of the photos (WH132) are one of the models we buy, and I would hazard to guess that the crank arms shown in another photo are destined for Sram who has Gigantex make the arms for their latest generation of Red cranksets.

One of the very important points in the article is they say the carbon fiber market is quickly breaking into two camps the higher end and the lower end. I know I can now go to Alibaba and buy tiny quantities of carbon rims direct from China (as a consumer) for much less than I pay from Gigantex who has invested heavily in equipment and technology.

Its easy to appreciate why the carbon rims cost so much by looking at the tooling for a rim. When one normally thinks of molding, one thinks of an injection molding machine spitting out parts every second or two. With carbon, the fabric must be carefully laid into a very expense mold that holds only one rim. That mold is then heated and allowed to cure. All of this takes a lot of time and expensive tooling.

Thanks for reading John Neugent

Take an extra 10% off all of our custom wheels. Note that Neuvaton hubs are now coming in red (they should be in the building within the week). The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

The carbon clincher rims are here. (C45 and C55). These are going to go fast only 5 sets left and the next ones are due in the middle of May. Take an extra 10% off through the end of the week. Discount applied at checkout. I have also added photos to the C45 and C55 items so you can get a good look at them. These are also now available with red anodized Neuvation hubs.

The sale on the R28 SLW wheels continues with 10% off any orders. Rims are in stock and the builds are taking a few of days so order now.