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Have you bought a Chinese Carbon Frame, from who? (42 type question for 33 people)

Old 08-07-15, 02:02 PM
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Have you bought a Chinese Carbon Frame, from who? (42 type question for 33 people)

I know this is more of a 42 question, but I trust the participants in this forum to give answers rather than discuss merits (more or less). I know someone who is looking for a chinese carbon frame. I'm pretty sure there are some "chinese carbon" retailers who are more reputable than others. I told him I'd check here to see if I could get him some names. Anyone have any?
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I had a Pedal Force Frame, it was okay for the price.
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I have a Flyxii FR-316. Flawless fit and finish. With 50mm carbon tubulars, Rival, SRM, and XTR M9000 pedals it weighs 7kg on the dot.

I took it up and over Vail Pass, then Shrine Pass in CO yesterday (11,000ft+). Then I went down Shrine Pass road, which, in all honesty, is more of a wide goat track than a typical Forest Service Road. Jagged bedrock poking up all over the place. To do it at speed, I'd probably want a 140mm FS bike. 9 mile, 3,000ft descent. Passed a bunch of SUVs that were picking their way down. Bike made it through with flying colors. My hands were numb by the time I got to the bottom.
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Ha, that should be '41… Whoops.
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Someone I know has a Pedal Force, it was a bit heavy but otherwise solid. This dates back to 2010 or so.

Someone that I see regularly has some off brand frame, not sure where he got it, etc etc. I'll ask him.

Would your friend consider used?
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If I was worried about it I'd ask another blue star to change it. I know some of them are nice guys.

By the way, not to blow up your rep, but "not nice guys" don't open up their house to overnight guests... I seem to recall that.
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So the original post has a bit of trump in it…The chinese are killing us. The mexicans are sending us their criminal (in lockstep). I love the chinese. I sold them a condo (all of them). doh. I digress. As you allude to there are good and bad. Most frames these days are 'china' made. Taiwan I reckon (another country). doh. So there is the knock off class, which is wildly problematic. Buy that knock off Cervelo. No warranty. No known quality control. There are a host of cheaper brands, and you'll get a variety of opinions on if they're good or not. I know a bunch of track guys who have mixed expereinces with frames and wheels and such going that route. There are also folks slapping their brands on open source style frames made there, as well as doing small runs of stuff they design. For me personally the questions would be what's the motivation for doing it, and how much cheaper is it really and is it really worth any risk. As a racer I need absolute (if even utterly blind) confidence in what I'm doing. For reference see Cole Trickle and his perfectly matched special tires.
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It's also worth noting that I have a Chinese carbon MTB frame that I've been riding for two years now. An older one that my wife rides now (3 years old); the new one has 142x12mm TA and more modern geometry.

I've raced it a good amount and until very recently was the only bike I rode on a consistent basis. If you go through a company with good reviews, it's hard to go wrong. Peter Xu at XMCarbonSpeed.com, formerly of XMIplay.com, has been great. There's an 8,000+ post thread about HT 29er frames on MTBR where posters shared there experiences, many of whom bought from him. Peter is smart enough to realize that his company/sales live and die on how he responds in the customer service department, and he seems to be knocking it out of the park.
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