Chinese Carbon Road Frames

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Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:59 pm

Hey guys

I have read a few threads on here regarding Chinese carbon road frame, bought both on ebay and via various websites. Many of the threads seem to now be quite old, 2010/2011, so I was wondering if any of you have purchased one of these types of frame more recently?

I noticed the ebay seller carbonzone is mentioned a few times, has anyone had any experiences buying via this ebay seller?

Does anyone have any recommendations of particular frames or sellers they have bought/bought from?

Any input would be appreciated.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby ShutUpLegs » Fri Jan 18, 2013 13:06 pm

UTFS
I Like Black Bikes

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Fri Jan 18, 2013 13:22 pm

ShutUpLegs wrote:UTFS


Thanks so much for the warm welcome, so to respond in kind, STFU

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby DLH1985 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 13:41 pm

Perhaps some more useful information for you;

http://www.velobuild.com/

I've used them myself (my FM066SL frame should arrive tomorrow). Really easy to deal with and takes most of the stress out of it. I haven't bought the frame believing it to be the same quality as the super-bikes of the world, but for a few race seasons it'll do perfectly.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby Cornish-J » Fri Jan 18, 2013 13:45 pm

i've had an fm098 and currently awaiting my new TT frame - both from dengfu via velobuild. no complaints about the 098 and hopefully the TT machine will be as good!

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby roadracedave » Fri Jan 18, 2013 13:54 pm

I've just bought an FM-066 frameset from Hongfu, and the ordering process was very simple with just a few emails sent back and forward to confirm model, size, price etc

Can't yet comment on the frame itself though, as its still sat in customs (only ordered it last week), but it was dispatched the next day, and only took two days to get to the UK. Will hopefully receive it early next week, providing customs pull their finger out!

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:07 pm

Thanks guys, all very usefull comments, cheers!

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Postby Fogliettaz » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:12 pm

Collected my FM066 on Wednesday, shall be giving a full inspection tomorrow. First time I have had to pay Customs charges after buying 2 previous frames and a set of wheels from Hong-Fu. My arrived in the UK 30th Dec so sat in customs for over 2 weeks.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby PeteMadoc » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:23 pm

It seems that customs are having a clamp down on chinese imports. A year ago it was unheard of to get a customs charge, now everyone seems to get landed with one.

If you're intending to build a complete bike (you don't already have a groupset and wheels lying about) then I'm not sure buying from China makes sense anymore. The sales at the likes of Wiggle and the Planet X and Ribble prices on complete bikes probably work out cheaper. You get UK warranty etc etc

I bought a Chinese frame nearly 2 years ago now and I'm very happy with it. Upgraded a few bits here and there but never felt the need to change the frame, light and stiff and comfortable, used for training, racing and a trip to the Alps. However there are some dodgy looking frames about and some horror stories, so do your research. There are pages and pages over on roadbikereview.com and more on velo build.

Basically if you want to make life easy for yourself use a UK retailer. If you want something with a custom paint job and you like to fettle then buying from China can work out well.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:25 pm

Fogliettaz wrote:Collected my FM066 on Wednesday, shall be giving a full inspection tomorrow. First time I have had to pay Customs charges after buying 2 previous frames and a set of wheels from Hong-Fu. My arrived in the UK 30th Dec so sat in customs for over 2 weeks.


Interesting, would be good if you could post again once you have recieved it. How much did it cost in total?

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby PeteMadoc » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:28 pm

Oh yeah... and search is your friend

viewtopic.php?f=40042&t=12751016

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Fri Jan 18, 2013 14:41 pm

PeteMadoc wrote:Oh yeah... and search is your friend

viewtopic.php?f=40042&t=12751016


Thanks Pete, I missed that one when I looked, i will give it a read!

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby Fogliettaz » Fri Jan 18, 2013 15:12 pm

Customs Charges were £44.59 so not to bad considering this is the 4th large item I have bought from Hong-Fu.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Jan 18, 2013 15:34 pm

There's a huge thread on Roadbikereview:

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/bikes- ... 72806.html
Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby thegreatdivide » Fri Jan 18, 2013 15:41 pm

Do you get a choice of newspaper for the inside of your forks? ;-)
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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Mon Feb 25, 2013 16:22 pm

For those interested, I took delivery of my Carbon frame Friday just gone, customs charge was £14!
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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby oli2001 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 17:35 pm

what did you go for? and who with? Pics?. i'm a happy owner of an mc 053 (scott foil copy) from miracle trading. my customs; £22. well worth it in my experience and would buy direct again.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Mon Feb 25, 2013 17:56 pm

Hey Oli. I went for the RB004 from ebay user carbonzone. I ordered begining of Feb with a 6-8week order time, plus i was warned it may be delayed further due to Chinese New Year. The frame arrived in 3 weeks! The frame seems fantastic, the only issue I have is the rear mech holder is bent and wont allow the rear wheel to fit, I have messaged them today asking for a replacement to be sent.

Bike is only part built, but after much ferretting around, I have managed to put together a solidly spec'ed machine, with plenty of ultegra parts and some 105, all new. With Mavic aksiums, my total spend should be just over £1000 which i think it amazing value. To buy a branded model along these lines, gotta be looking twice that!

I wil post a pic as soon as its in some sort of order!
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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby oli2001 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 18:08 pm

man, thats a fast turnaround time(considering chinese new year too). mine took about 5 weeks but i did have it painted. i had a spare mech hanger sent with mine but all arrived ok. i guess sods law with your mech hanger, you should ask for two, just in case for the future. really happy with frame. i had some 50mm wheels, bars and seatpost from china and a second hand sram red groupset off here. like you say alot of bike for the money. post some pics up of the frame when you get chance.

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Re: Chinese Carbon Road Frames

Postby xpro » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:51 am

Here we go:

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Kit is mostly Ultegra, with 105 levers and pedals, total costs came in at a shade under £1100, including finishing bits like bar tape etc. :wink:
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