Posting this on behalf of a friend to help get some feedback on the decision being good or bad.
I know someone who is considering a purchase of Chinese carbon zipp FC replicas because they are so much cheaper than the real thing. He is hoping to build them uph novatec hubs and CXray Sapim spokes. Something like 1640g for about $750.
This friend of mine seems to think that because they are identical in shape, they will perform the same or close enough. I seem to think that there would be numerous reasons why they would perform differently Such as build quality, build procedure, materials used etc....
I'm not saying that they wouldnt work or that there aren't people out there that haven't purchased this set up that haven't experienced failure or issues. Obviously, the thought of spending $750 vs. The $2000+ on real zipp sounds intriguing, but is worth the savings? Maybe I'm being sceptical but I'd rather spend my hard earned money on a product (wheels, frame, shoes, sunglasses..etc) that was real and at least had some mental peace of mind about quality and safety rather than gamble on the "what if".
What say you?