Tell me about chinese carbon frames…..
Ok, so I’ve been looking at the Planet-X frames but have seen the thread on ‘how much does your road bike weigh’ and there was mention of various far eastern frames, such as hongfu bikes?
I realise its ‘cheap’ carbon so won’t perhaps have the high end development in it but I’m not that heavy a rider, not going to race it – I probably just like the look, and fancy something perhaps slightly comfier and marginally lighter than alu.
There are a lot of options on ebay – anyone got any recommendations and/or horror stories???Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
I had one of the MTBs, bought direct from the Chinese eBay sellers. Was good, lighter than claimed, didn’t break. Sold it on to a friend who continued to ride it. Did eventually break (along with the forks and his face) when he rode it into a flight of (ascending) steps.
I’d have another one. Just check the geometry, top tube was short on mine. Was pretty well dead on 20lbs with XTR, SIDs and Roval Controle SLs:
Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got one of the Hongfu road bikes which has internal cable routing. All of it is fine except the exit point for the front mech cable which seems too far forward along the bottom bracket so it fouls the front mech spring
Had to extend the cable securing bolt outwards to avoid it and now all is fine
Posted 4 years ago
I emailed Jane at hongfu- email@example.com
Payment is via PayPal, about $50 delivered to UK. Was a bit of a leap of faith sending the money but after 5 weeks (took longer as specified the paint) it turned up. They send you tracking details. Have since ordered bottle cages and mech hangers and all have come through fine.Posted 4 years agofibreMember
Whats putting you off the Planet X frames?. I’ve had my 456 for over a year and have had no issues with that and it rides really well. I’ve heard the same from the road frames too. The way I look at it is the Planet-X stuff is cheap carbon with the reassurance of a 2 year warranty and hopefully a higher level of quality control than some of the Chinese eBay stuff.Posted 4 years ago
Got my from Carbonal last year. So easy to deal with. Mine was dispatched on the Wednesday, arrived the following Tuesday! Finish is superb and the build had no issues. Everything is straight and faced. I’ve had a lot wonkier On Ones…
Its got a Lefty on the front now however.
Posted 4 years ago
@fibre – Nothing at all is putting me off the Planet-X frames, there indeed may be some future negotiations to be had with another STWer on that front ;-)….Plus I’ve had a carbon456 before now and it was like a tank but without the weight….so definitely still considering….
But there’s just a bit of query on the sizing of the PX frames, as the geometry is different to what I’ve previously ridden so I still can’t quite figure which size would be best.
Some of the chinese options look to have geometry more in line with what I’ve ridden before.
Various things are keeping me indoors a little too much at the moment – winter, kids, work….so in the meantime I’m just planning a ‘new’ build to keep me sane….Posted 4 years agoonehundredthidiotMember
OH has a roadie it took over duties from a planet x spotlight which was smaller than small. It’s done a winter and with some de rosa stickers looks pretty good. A guy I ride with followed suit and bought one on full pina dogma make up it looks the mutts and is going strong and given he’s a big lad. It shows they are decently built.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
My road bike, which is the lightest on that thread apart from the ridiculously expensive exotica is based on a Pedalforce frame – which is effectively a taiwanese carbon frame, and the same sort of price, but run as a US company, hence there’s a bit more in the way of support there, though I would still have to ship back to the US for any warranty issues. Still worth it for the saving.
Definitely worth considering a Ribble though if you can cope with the stickers – they are also effectively the same thing – the carbon Sportive is exactly the same frame as one Pedalforce used to sell.Posted 4 years agobm0p700fMember
Given the Chinese factory that I am going to start importing rims from make the De Rosa 838 (not a copy the real thing) I’d say there are good chinese carbon frame makers. There are those that also do copies. If you can buy direct from a factory. You can tell them apart from resellers and the factories website is normally crap.Posted 4 years ago
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