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Budget Carbon Frames! ...who has bought one?
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We all know the big brands when it comes to bicycle manufacturing (frames) and the assured quality you would expect when purchasing a well established brand, however, with manufacturing becoming ever more prevalent across the world (particularly Asia), i'm curious to find out if people are being lured in to purchasing the 'budget end' carbon fibre frame (or complete bike). We've all seen them on eBay (or other online sites) and I've read some things written by a few folk and i think i have my own opinion on the topic but curious to actually hear from people and to learn their experience of purchasing, riding and maintaining a low budget carbon fibre frame (or complete bike)... have you bought one??
  • Is the quality level poor, adequate or surprisingly good?
    Has the product lasted well - can it take the miles?
Interested to hear...
MD @europeancyclingtours

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#2
I am also curious to hear success/failure stories involving carbon road bikes from Asia Sleepy
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#3
I took the carbon plunge (except for my lugged 80s/90s Colnago) and bought a used Planet X frameset, but not built up yet. I would only buy a used road frame since I don't trust what a mtb frame of any quality may have been put through. I have no idea as to the actual quality of the frame; paid $100 so I will gather up some parts and see what I think. No idea if Planet X is conidered a quality frame; figured it was a generic frame.
Take care,
Jesper

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#4
I know 3 people that ride on budget carbon rims from China and have had zero issues. One of them has been using them for 3 seasons, the other two only this year. My guess is the designs and layups are 1 or 2 generations old from the big names that the factories produce for themselves to sell. I'd trust them if I where in the market for a replacement frame.
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#5
jeffg, I have several friends that ride Chinese or Taiwan carbon frames, forks and handlebars. One of them has ridden a frame from Taiwan for several years, and is thinking about a getting a newer frame as he tried a frame and enjoyed the stiffness of the 2021 built frame.

This is not really the info you are seeking, but I purchased a KBO Stealth Hurricane Bike with a alloy frame, that came out of the shipping box weighing 37.7 pounds. I have replaced some of the heavy alloy parts with light weight alloy and carbon fiber to reduce the weight to 32 pounds as I must carry the bicycle up and down 3 flights of narrow stairs.

I keep looking on ebay for a generic stealth carbon fiber eBike frame to really reduce the weight of the eBike. I feel an electric bicycle should weigh about 26-28 pounds to make a $400/$600 ebay carbon fiber frame purchase. I hope to find a road bike style carbon fiber ebike frame in the next few years and I will look forward to moving my KBO components to a disc brake single speed lightweight carbon fiber frame.

I do not like the step through style eBike nor the frames with a larger battery lumps screwed to the water bottle mounts, that are being kicked off conversions, or stolen from a number of eBikes in my area. I like the stealth road bike model with a 7-10 Wh battery hidden in the downtube not possible to kick the battery off that style frame, and not everyone realises the stealth eBike is actually an eBike.
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(11-25-2021, 07:07 PM)JR Namida Wrote:  jeffg, I have several friends that ride Chinese or Taiwan carbon frames, forks and handlebars. One of them has ridden a frame from Taiwan for several years, and is thinking about a getting a newer frame as he tried a frame and enjoyed the stiffness of the 2021 built frame.

This is not really the info you are seeking, but I purchased a KBO Stealth Hurricane Bike with a alloy frame, that came out of the shipping box weighing 37.7 pounds. I have replaced some of the heavy alloy parts with light weight alloy and carbon fiber to reduce the weight to 32 pounds as I must carry the bicycle up and down 3 flights of narrow stairs.

I keep looking on ebay for a generic stealth carbon fiber eBike frame to really reduce the weight of the eBike. I feel an electric bicycle should weigh about 26-28 pounds to make a $400/$600 ebay carbon fiber frame purchase. I hope to find a road bike style carbon fiber ebike frame in the next few years and I will look forward to moving my KBO components to a disc brake single speed lightweight carbon fiber frame.

I do not like the step through style eBike nor the frames with a larger battery lumps screwed to the water bottle mounts, that are being kicked off conversions, or stolen from a number of eBikes in my area. I like the stealth road bike model with a 7-10 Wh battery hidden in the downtube not possible to kick the battery off that style frame, and not everyone realises the stealth eBike is actually an eBike.

Do they make caliper brake versions? A lot less weight, and I do not need the stopping power of discs being under 150 pounds. All my bikes stop just fine at speeds under 30 mph with calipers many single pivot with short pads.
Ride Fast, Be Safe!
Howard
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