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New member, new Carbon frame

Old 08-28-16, 11:10 AM
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New member, new Carbon frame

Hi, I'm a new member here. I got serious about riding in spring of 2015. Since then all my riding has been fixed gear; I tried freewheeling for a week but it just didn't feel as good and I couldn't get back into it. I try to ride every day or whenever I get a chance- mostly on paved bike trails. I ride for fun and fitness and I like to ride at a pretty fast pace for the entire ride (12-24mi) and try to beat my previous times. My cardio and health has improved greatly and I've dropped 30lbs (now 200lbs). I am now very much addicted to cycling.
Anyway, I just got a new Carbon single speed frame and fork from a company in China called Miracle bikes and finished building it a couple weeks ago and wanted to share my experience. I bought it from their store on aliexpress https://m.aliexpress.com/item-desc/32666895905.html . I had been eyeing it for a while and researched it was a decent reputable company when it comes to Chinese Carbon frame company standards. It has a 2 year warranty against manufacturer defects. I found an instance where they actually honored the warranty (https://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/chinese-carbon-warranty-experience).
I wish I would have went with the custom paint option which seems a pretty good deal and you can design your own paint scheme but I didn't want to wait the extra 20 days it takes to get done. Check out this guy's paint https://forums.mtbr.com/cyclocross/miracle-bikes-thru-axle-fm286-frame-fork-chinese-sourced-cross-frame-963342.html . My finish is in UD matte. Once shipped it only took 6 days to arrive via ems- pretty quick. Communication through aliexpress chat was good though the language barrier was as expected.
My wabi lightning scandium build (which was my primary ride) that I got a great deal on on a trade with my brother was too small (size 52 and I'm 6'). The new frame is a 56 with a 57cm top tube, so a better fit overall. I wanted a frame just as light as the Wabi scandium which is another reason I went with this frame. I went ahead and tried to switch all the parts from the wabi- though neither the Enve fork (steerer cut too short) or Omniums (dreaded chainring spider contacting chainstay) would fit. I had to use the Sugino Messengers from my IRO angus which I'm pretty sad about since it's not as hip and is 3/32 so it doesn't match the cog and chain. Maybe I'll get sugino 75s later on. I also needed a larger 31.6 seatpoast so I'm using a FSA sb32 k-force light. The integrated cane creek 110 headset fit fine.
I've ridden it 154 miles so far and it rides great. I don't have much experience but I can say that the fit feels perfect which is most important. That extra 3cm in top tube length made a world of difference when it comes to comfort. I feel it is definitely smoother over bumps and soaks up more road vibration compared to the wabi on my usual routes. I'm just as fast on this frame and it feels pretty stiff and strong when climbing hills. Here's some post ride sunset photos (it's dirty).



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Old 08-28-16, 01:11 PM
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Looks pretty sweet. What handlebars are those?
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Nice ride

Appreciate you share your experience here, how many miles have u put on the carbon frame? It is much lighter than the wabi?
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Looks pretty sweet. What handlebars are those?
3t aeronova Carbon
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Originally Posted by nripin View Post
Appreciate you share your experience here, how many miles have u put on the carbon frame? It is much lighter than the wabi?
154 miles so far and it's been good. I didn't get to weigh either frame by itself accurately using the lbs scale. But I used a digital kitchen scale at home but had to support part of the frame to balance it. The wabi was 1100 something and the Carbon 1080 something. Definitely not accurate comparison but they're very close I believe. With all components it should be in the 15 pound range. I'll weigh it soon
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I just looked up the geometry on that frame, and the bottom bracket drop is 68mm, which is a lot for a fixed gear bike. What length cranks are you using, and have you had any problems with pedal strike when cornering ?
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Old 08-28-16, 04:35 PM
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I just looked up the geometry on that frame, and the bottom bracket drop is 68mm, which is a lot for a fixed gear bike. What length cranks are you using, and have you had any problems with pedal strike when cornering ?
My preferred is 170mm, but on this I had to resort to using 175mm I have on hand. No pedal strike yet with the clipless pedals I use on corners
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154 miles so far and it's been good. I didn't get to weigh either frame by itself accurately using the lbs scale
nice, did u do the build yourself? If so , when you can kindly share build details so noobies could learn from your hard work and knowledge
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Originally Posted by nripin View Post
nice, did u do the build yourself? If so , when you can kindly share build details so noobies could learn from your hard work and knowledge
Yes I put it together myself. What details do you want to know? There's plenty of tutorials on YouTube for removing/installing bottom brackets and crank arms and such. Acquiring and having all the right tools for the job is the hard part.
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