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Old 01-08-23, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
They were mentioned in the original post.
Dangit! I stand corrected... or sit corrected as the case may be.
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Originally Posted by phughes
Dangit! I stand corrected... or sit corrected as the case may be.
Some people do the standing desk thing or for some awful reason are on their mobile phones (which sometimes these days are tablet sized so less terrible but I like typing a physical keyboard of average size).
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
Some people do the standing desk thing or for some awful reason are on their mobile phones (which sometimes these days are tablet sized so less terrible but I like typing a physical keyboard of average size).
I am comfortably ensconced in a nicely stuffed chair, slouched down with my feet on an ottoman, typing on a Macbook Pro.
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Originally Posted by phughes
I am comfortably ensconced in a nicely stuffed chair, slouched down with my feet on an ottoman, typing on a Macbook Pro.
Good good! I am in one of those Hermann-Miller Aero Chairs, after having gone through a lot of office chairs in a relatively short time years ago we decided on this and yeah it is a good chair 10 years on with it looking almost like new and it is good for the back. You do pay for quality, people don't want to admit it or don't want to spend that money initially but this thing gets used and I have almost fallen asleep in it (and probably have fallen asleep in it more times than I can remember) and I cannot find fault in it so far.
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Old 01-08-23, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee
Hambini rates the Winspace and Trifox frames very highly. In fact I seem to recall he rated them second only to Time. Likewise Winspace and Farsport wheels. Hambini gave them all very good reviews.
I just got a set of Elite Wheels Drive 50v based off a Hambini review, I've obviously not owned them long enough for any sort of opinion I will stay that they are true and have no glaring build defects.
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Old 01-08-23, 03:27 PM
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I looked at winspace, Ican and trifox, but there's always something lacking. Limited sizes, short chain stays, few or no color options. I'm going to keep checking the Yoeleo website to see if they return to normal with many color options and special order paint. I didn't pay any extra for pearl white paint. It was done very well. They just made several upgrades to their gravel bike frame.

BTLOS has more carbon wheel options than anyone else. Custom made with many different rim depths and widths, hooked or hookless, no spoke access holes, no rim tape needed.

Covid may be causing some problems for the Chinese.
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Old 01-08-23, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
Good good! I am in one of those Hermann-Miller Aero Chairs, after having gone through a lot of office chairs in a relatively short time years ago we decided on this and yeah it is a good chair 10 years on with it looking almost like new and it is good for the back.
More evidence that aero is more important than weight?
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Old 01-09-23, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Canker
Trace Velo and a ton more on youtube. Personally I'd stick to more legit chinese brands like Winspace, trifox, Yoeleo, ican, elves,, rather than knockoffs or completely unbranded stuff. I'm running chinese superteam carbon wheels for what it is worth.
I watched Trace rave about a set of Chinese aero bars... I happened to buy a used road bike from a close friend with said bars, before watching the video.

I only watched the video after coming out of the hospital after the bars exploded while I was just riding down the path. The first Trace video raved about the bars, the second one he wasn't raving - he was showing his friends bars that exploded just like mine did.

Never again. I had enough broken bones as a lesson learned.
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Old 01-09-23, 12:13 PM
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+1 For Carbonda. Have a gravel bike from them and it has thousands of trouble-free miles, many loaded with bikepacking equipment. Custom paint for a very reasonable upcharge totally worth it.
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Old 01-09-23, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Shadco
I think a lot of folks bought a Chinese frame without realizing they bought a Chinese frame.

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Next you'll be telling me my frame marked "Peugot" is a cheap Chinese fake...
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Blacksmith Bicycles is now selling the Winspace frame. I am so tempted to buy another frame!

From their Instagram page:





https://blacksmithcycle.com/en-us/pr...40691147079728
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Old 01-13-23, 08:01 AM
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A few years ago I watched a video on YouTube; a guy took a Chinese knockoff frame to a bike shop (I forget the reason) and the shop got in touch with specialized. THe guy at the time did not know that his bike was a knockoff. Specialize then took him and the frame to an place where the frame was disassembled and examined. It turned out that the layup was wrong, there were voids and other problems. In short that frame was an accident just waiting to happen.

Personally, I'd never knowingly buy a Chinese frame unless it was from a reputable manufacturer with a proven track record for support.

Cheers
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Chinese -

Like I said above, just riding along and they exploded. The hospital bills cost more than a new decent level name brand bike.

Take my chances with a frame? With the same potential quality and QA/QC, and no recourse from a name brand vendor - nope.




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Old 01-13-23, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Miele Man
A few years ago I watched a video on YouTube; a guy took a Chinese knockoff frame to a bike shop (I forget the reason) and the shop got in touch with specialized. THe guy at the time did not know that his bike was a knockoff. Specialize then took him and the frame to an place where the frame was disassembled and examined. It turned out that the layup was wrong, there were voids and other problems. In short that frame was an accident just waiting to happen.

Personally, I'd never knowingly buy a Chinese frame unless it was from a reputable manufacturer with a proven track record for support.

Cheers
I always found this interesting:


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Old 01-18-23, 02:12 AM
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Lol I purchased a Bianchi and hung it on the wall admiring the lines on that sexy VR1 frame.One day I have an itch to finally upgrade and order some decent wheels from campagnolo.Nothing crazy but for some reason I flip the bike onto the seat and bars and as I’m wiping it down I see a tag that says “Made in Taiwan”.I was pissed and called up my LBS and told them to return the wheelset.I have Zero miles on that bike and never look at her again only to be reminded of that deceitful biotch.
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Originally Posted by vespasianus
I always found this interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZnPY0hMs_8
Spot on summary in that video. Generic Chinese manufacture and QC accountability is a lottery. Combine that with a labour-intensive manufacturing process, a multitude of carbon types/grades and layup designs and the results are going to be all over the place.

The big-name brands clearly have their QC issues too, but they have far more control over the whole design/production process and internal accountability. Where the bikes are manufactured is pretty much irrelevant in this respect. But we know that many of the best carbon frame production facilities are in the Far East, mainly Tawain. Brands like Giant probably have the most control over overall design and manufacturing as it is all in-house.
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ICAN A8 rim brake frameset, built up with Di2. Zero issues in several years of riding.
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Originally Posted by Jughed
Chinese -

Like I said above, just riding along and they exploded. The hospital bills cost more than a new decent level name brand bike.

Take my chances with a frame? With the same potential quality and QA/QC, and no recourse from a name brand vendor - nope.




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Originally Posted by 7up
Lol I purchased a Bianchi and hung it on the wall admiring the lines on that sexy VR1 frame.One day I have an itch to finally upgrade and order some decent wheels from campagnolo.Nothing crazy but for some reason I flip the bike onto the seat and bars and as Im wiping it down I see a tag that says Made in Taiwan.I was pissed and called up my LBS and told them to return the wheelset.I have Zero miles on that bike and never look at her again only to be reminded of that deceitful biotch.
I was looking even Colnago is made in Taiwan. Ugh
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
I think if I were to buy a Chinese branded carbon frame Id see what Hambini has to say about the brand/frame I liked
I can't stand Hambini. He's the Scotty Kilmer of bikes. A blowhard.
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Originally Posted by Jughed
I watched Trace rave about a set of Chinese aero bars... I happened to buy a used road bike from a close friend with said bars, before watching the video.

I only watched the video after coming out of the hospital after the bars exploded while I was just riding down the path. The first Trace video raved about the bars, the second one he wasn't raving - he was showing his friends bars that exploded just like mine did.

Never again. I had enough broken bones as a lesson learned.
It's a shame you had to go through that experience and kudos for sharing it.

I've worked with carbon parts a lot in motorsport and seen my fair share of failures over the years. For this reason, I actually avoided carbon bars when they first started appearing on bikes 20-ish years ago as I simply didn't trust the design or QC even from the mainstream brands. I'm happy enough to use them now, but only if I'm confident in the brand and model. There's no way I'm taking my chances with a generic carbon bar regardless of where it was made.
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Originally Posted by drz400
I was looking even Colnago is made in Taiwan. Ugh
Well there is a big difference in a known name brand frame being built in Taiwan than a knock off brand. Known name brand frames are built to spec no matter where they are built and have tons of R&D behind them.

Furthermore, some of the best carbon technology comes from Taiwan. Mainland China is a different story.
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Originally Posted by Lombard
Well there is a big difference in a known name brand frame being built in Taiwan than a knock off brand. Known name brand frames are built to spec no matter where they are built and have tons of R&D behind them.

Furthermore, some of the best carbon technology comes from Taiwan. Mainland China is a different story.
+1

Our Chinese manufactured Tesla has better build quality than our US built one. The Chinese factory is new with improved QC. It just happens to be located in China.

Tawain happens to have developed industry-leading carbon production facilities with the experienced, specialist labour to match. Where I live in the F1 capital of the world (Silverstone) we also have specialist carbon production experience, but not in mass-production. You need an experienced, skilled labour force to produce quality carbon components - especially relatively complex load-bearing profiles - like lightweight performance bike frames.
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Habanero here (we worked with Mark for a long while and are now running things) and yes- we offshore the manufacturing for most of the frames but have been working with a small shop for decades- likely one of the first and have absolute confidence in their craftmanship. Of course we stand behind everything. Nothing generic about a Habanero frame- a bit old school perhaps but that's an asset in our books (no press in bottom brackets, no failing hydro lines run through the steerer and so forth). New models and some updates are coming though.
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Originally Posted by drz400
I would really like to hear from anyone who has assembled and put a few thousand miles on one. After a quick search noticed that there is a plethora of Chineese frames for sale. I would like to hear from anyone that has one in their stable. They are even selling knock offs like Chinarello's etc. I'm sure they are not top of the bin warrantied products. I just wondered has anyone had any experience and which companies they think are better ?
Last year after being sucked into the Youtube Chinese craze I ordered a Winspace T1500 Disc and built it up as a trainer/spare bike to go with my 2022 (last gen) Scott Foil RC. With the frame, Hunt Aero 65 wheels, Chain Reaction carbon saddle, SRAM Rival ETAP AXS group set, bits and pieces, LBS build up fee, and shipping and taxes the bike came to $3850. Now that's a lot of money no matter how you spin it BUT the cheapest "aero" bike are probably the Canyon Aeroad CF SL 7 Disc at $3500 but that is mechanical 105 and thus isn't integrated and for my size (2XS) would come with 27.5" wheels and also this $3500 doesn't include the $100 shipping fee nor taxes so the true cost of that bike is around $3900. Technically there was a cheaper Aero bike in the Quintana Roo SRFive $2995 but that came with a two piece aluminum stem and handlebar combo albeit it was integrated, mechanical 105, shallow aluminum wheels, and with QR's free shipping this basic aero bike would have been $3250 shipped.

So why a Chinese bike let alone Winspace? Well, the answer was because it was probably the best quality aero frame and carbon cockpit I could find that would allow for an electronic build, fully integrated cables, cheap enough for me to budget in carbon aero wheels. So everyone from Hambini, Patrick Lino, Cam Nicholls, Durianrider, GC Performance, Charles Ouimet, and countless other "independent" Youtubers covered Winspace but more specifically the T1500. My first thought was that astroturfing was being done on Winspace's part but then I started to realize that was highly unlikely since people like Cam Nicholls claimed the Winspace build and sequential posts were 100% funded by him and not sponsored ie maybe explaining why he was the most critical of the T1500. The frame was covered by a variety of people from engineers in someone like Hambini, to more influencers like Charles Ouimet, to more sales/mechanic people like GC Performance. TLDR there really isn't another Chinese frame brand that has received this much coverage period let alone for one single frame. The consensus even after being stripped, scanned, and examined by engineers was that the T1500 was a quality frame designed and manufactured like any tier 1 aero frame, however like I mentioned before Cam Nicholls who probably was the most critical about the frame noted while this was still a bargain and still performed well it was in his eyes that felt "heavy" and more in that 1B or tier 2 aero frame category, which was still fair since this was still 1st gen frame and a $1500 frame before you factored any discounts.

So my thoughts on Winspace and the T1500 are that both the company and product are excellent but not without some issues or qualms. So IMO from my research, which you should be doing a ton of if you are considering a Chinese frame is that the following companies are ranked Seka, Winspace, Elves Yoeleo, ICAN (Triaero), Tri-Fox. Yes there are countless other Chinese frame manufactures and frankly cheaper ones but IMO these are the ones to consider granted all of them has their pros and cons and frankly I would only consider the top four so excluding the ICAN, and Tri-Fox. So what makes Winspace better than these other companies. First, I want to say that in terms of quality and appearance Seka probably is regarded as the top Chinese frame brand and to my knowledge the only Chinese frame manufacture that supports threaded bottom brackets however the only way to purchase these frames to my knowledge is through Cycling100 (distributor). How it works is you put down a deposit of usually $500+ USD and the frame is built with 12 or so weeks. The total cost of the frame is $1600+ USD and the shipping is at around $300 and this does not include their aero bars which are another $325. Now I am not giving hard prices since their prices are in Euros and then get converted but when I looked at Seka a year ago the price of a shipped Exceed was around $1950 and again that was not with their $325 cockpit. It should be noted the few people that I could find that have dealt with Cycling100 which is just a distributor all had bad experiences in that the company would never respond to them, granted this was a sample size of two people so take that as you may. Which leaves me to Winspace, where I paid $1593 for a T1500 Disc with their carbon bars (Promo) and the upgraded UPS shipping. It should be noted that Winspace's bikes are not made to order so you are not waiting 12+ weeks, however stock is limited. I waited a couple months for my frame size and color to come into stock. The website does show live stock but you can live chat reps to check stock as well. Winspace commonly has 10% coupons and I think reps started to realize I was interested in the frame since I constantly had the frame in my cart or was emailing them but not checking out, so I was emailed by a rep saying they would provide the usual $100 shipping for free. Now it should be noted the bars are part of a promo where if you bought any of their frames they would provide the bars for free which I am not sure if they do this still and secondly my purchase price of the frame was $1480, but the new MSRP of the T1500 disc is $1580. The T1500 at the time was offered in grey, white, and this mixed blue so pretty limited and basic, but I went with the white which actually is more deep in person since it has these dots in some parts and this red pearlescent hue to it, granted it's far from the beautiful blended two color schemes Seka does and far from the variety Yoeleo or Elves do. At the time I could have went with the $1200 Winspace Hypers which in their own right are a high end performance bargain but I decided to go with the Hunt Aero 65 for $950 shipped. BTW most of these companies will sell their own carbon wheelsets as well. I will say hands down the best paintjob award goes down to Elves due to the quality also the pure amount of combos. Speaking of Elves I did look into their Falath Pro which hands down is probably the best value at $1090 shipped with bars and maybe it was even less since there might have been a coupon code at the time. The issue I had with Elves was that they were made to order and that there was not nearly as much Western coverage of Elves as Winspace, maybe a few Australian Youtubers at the time but that was it, but with more and more Youtubers are covering Elves if I was building/buying today they would be at the front of my list especially since the 2nd gen Falath Pro will be released soon and Cam Nicholls is covering this. Yoeleo bikes probably is right up there with Winspace in terms of Western coverage with their R12 DB Disc. With bars, free shipping and the 5% coupon code the D12 would have come to around $1500. Like Elves their bikes were made to order but they also have a huge array of color combos available. IMO the only thing that stopped me from going to Yoeleo was the fact that their customer service could never answer my questions on geometry about SOH and that the bike was made to order and that the D12 was more of an all around Aero bike and not a full on Aero bike like the T1500, Exceed, and Falath Pro. I quickly eliminated ICAN and Tri-Fox not because of price or coverage but because there were too may reviews of people getting bikes with slightly ovalized bottom brackets, overspray, tolerance issues and while none of these meant that the frame was non ridable it just meant that these frames were simply inferior to Seka, Winspace, Elves, and Yoeleo regardless of their price.

So my T1500 from the day I ordered to my doorstep was about 2.5 weeks. The box was perfectly packed with zero damage. The T1500 includes all the bits and pieces you need to get started like thru axles, grommets, covers, spacers but they also included an extra rear derailleur hanger and a carbon computer mount. Like many integrated bars the internal bend for mechanical wire is pretty tight so while these bars and frame technically can support a mechanical groupset the most optimal setup would 100% be electronic groupsets. I found the bars to be more akin my liking since they aren't as thick, but I should note they are kind of weird sizing in that bar length start at 85mm, 95mm, and so on which means these run 5mm longer then traditional stems. I am 5'5" and took a size 44cm Small and went with a 95x380 bar and the fit was spot on. With Winspace's SLC 2.0 that has a slightly longer reach I probably would have went with a 85x380 bar. I personally did not build my T1500 Disc, but my LBS (Piermont Bikes) did and I was charged $385 which included tax. Yes a hefty charge, but if you are good at wrenching and have the tools you can save a bunch of money doing it yourself, but from my mechanics perspective he said the bike was super easy to build up.

So my other bike is a 2022 Scott Foil RC 20 (previous gen), which I bought for $5800. This bike originally came with 50mm Syncros carbon wheels and Rival ETAP AXS groupset. I have since changed the wheelset and upgraded 3/4 of the groupset to Force. Interestingly enough when my mechanic built up my T1500 he subjectively claimed it was probably just as heavy as my stock Scott which was around 18lbs. What was more telling is that my $3850 T1500 in my opinion felt more dynamic and felt like it had more of that aero flywheel effect than my stock $5800 Scott Foil RC. It's only until I switched the Foil's wheelset and 3/4th of the groupset did the Foil feel as dynamic and fast as the T1500, but at that point my all in cost for that bike was now close to $8K no including tax. The only issue I have had with my T1500 was that it will not work with ever direct mount trainer due to the frames geometry since it has the frog leg chain stays and two my rear Rival derailleur went bad after taking the bike on and off a trainer but that really has nothing to do with the frame. So comparing a Chinese sub $4K bike to a now $8K name brand aero bike, really there is very little difference quality or performance wise, however the reason I haven't sold my Scott and just gone all in on Chinese bikes is that I am vein and still like that name recognition, I still love my Foil's paint job more than any Winspace, and I still really value that Western warranty. To share stories one in that after I bought my T1500 I decided to upgrade the stock Syncros Capital 1.0 50mm wheels on my Foil to some 2023 Winspace Hyper D45. These wheels are insane, but I had the issue that the rear wheel would make this popping noise if the rim was compressed. I immediately emailed Winspace with a video and then send them another email confirming my serial number. At first they kind of gave me the run around saying they had to check with the factory and then check with one of their specialist, but then finally they simply agreed to just send me a completely new back wheel and IMO this was probably the best case scenario but really sums up the issue with buying any Chinese brand in that RMAing anything is a bit of a pain, granted I got my ideal solution and now in 2023 there ae actual Winspace dealers even in my state of NY and even one local to me BUT this isn't like RMAing a pair of Zipps were you just show proof of purchase and they are replacing your wheels that day. My second story is a ride who also had a T1500 built up at the same LBS (Piermont Bikes). I asked him how he liked his T1500 and he said he loved it besides the fact that the T1500 Winspace sent him did have a seat tube bottle mount. He told me he reported this to Winspace and asked for either a replacement or reimbursement for him taking the bike to a shop to have mount drilled in. This rider told me Winspace basically ghosted him. Now I don't know if this is true, but again kind of sums up the issue with going with any of these Chinese brands, granted the rider still loved his bike and when I asked him why he went with Winspace was because he didn't want to spend $9K on a bike. His bike was full Force ETAP AXS and he was riding on the 2022 Winspace Hypers. So while I am fully behind building a Chinese bike I am not quite there endorsing having your one and only bike be a Chinese bike, but this could just be my paranoia since most bikes will have zero issues even over the lifetime of the bike.


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