I wanted to let everyone know my experience with purchasing Yishun Bike carbon wheels recently. I did a whole lot of reading on soo many forums before taking the skeptical plunge into China wheels and I finally settled onto Yishun Bike. I know the forums helped me in making my decision, here is my chance to give back. On with my review..
I bought 50mm Carbon Clincher Wheels (glossy), bladed spokes, red nipples, red hub. It came out to $400US, flat. Gifted. No tax, brokerage, or shipping. To be fair, I had to downgrade my hub to a cheaper Novatec hub to get the free shipping. I suppose it was to fit into into their price point - and mine as well. I did a live-chat with Vivian to discuss shipping before purchase. Super nice person, customer service was A++ In one of the pictures, you will see the invoice is for $150. That was only for the benefit of customs incase they wanted to get nosy, but we all know carbon wheels don't come that cheap. In reality, I payed via Paypal twice. $150+$250. . which is actually still cheap for carbon wheels My only disappointment is I forgot to tell them I wanted red QR skewers instead of black. Minor issue, but it was my fault.
It took exactly 2 weeks (weekends included) from the time I ordered it to the time I received it. The hubs were not poking through the box like I've seen in some shipping pictures. They put some bubble wrap around the hubs plus they did some box origami to fit more reinforcement around the area. I was really quite impressed by the packaging. The wheels were physically separated from rubbing each other in the box as well.
One concern of mine was in early versions Yishun simply lowered the brake track as a low tech solution to handling heat. I was worried my brakes wouldn't reach. However, Vivian assured me they no longer did that. I can confirm she was telling me the truth. The brake track now extends all the way from the rim edge. It's a rather generous brake track if anything. See pics.
The wheels spun true out of the box, plucking them gave me the same consistent satisfying sound. I got 3 extra spokes, drive-side, non-drive-side, and front, nipples, 2 sets of no-name brake pads, QR skewers
I have not had a chance to ride the wheels yet, unfortunately. It is exam time so I must be good and stick with the books for another week
My overall conclusion is this was a good buy. I don't want to turn this into a China wheels debate, but if there is a difference in buying wheels with name brand stickers on it and those without - I certainly can't tell the difference except for the savings in my wallet. To those of you considering taking the plunge on China wheels, I hope this review will help. To those who buy name brand stuff, kudos to you too.
This is my first review so feel free to ask me any questions but go easy if I left something out!
Here is a link to my dropbox for larger pics. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d4b75cttooejb8w/1Zq7GMM1ft