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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:00 pm 
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Not retro but where else could a road bike be posted??? :?

Though I have owned - and enjoyed greatly - only retro steel road bikes over the years it was time to get an entirely new machine for the 21st century! I always had the itch for owning a lightweight full carbon roadster I could race before I get too old (33 this month), but didn't want to risk splashing out thousands of pounds. Enter the joys of international ebay.

The frame, fork, seatpost and internal headset came from China via an ebay seller: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/carbon_bicycle Cost £210. Wasn't knowing what to expect but I was very pleased with the quality of finisihing for this money. A lot of the components I already owned, so costs were remarkably quite low for this build. I also deviated from my normal all-Shimano alliance and decided to try out Taiwanese minnows 'Microshift' for the STI levers, rear and front mechs because they seemed great value and looked nice.

Chainset is Shimano Ultegra 6600. Brakes are Tektro Quartz r740. Wheels are Planet X Model C. 10spd Cassette, seatclamp and saddle are by BBB components. Stem is a PRO XLT standard 26.0mm and handlebars are Deda 215. It's by the far the lightest bike I own at 7.5kg (16.5lbs).

Frame was sold as unbranded but I have since found the model is produced under the "FLY" brand: http://flyxii.com


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:12 am 
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Seeing more and more of these no name chinese frames around, be interesting to see how they hold up in the long run...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:38 pm 
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I've often see these carbon frames on ebay and wondered what they were like, now I've seen your build I'm highly tempted to go for one. Did you encounter any problems at all either in shipping, packaging, or the quality & finish from the frame? (in the pics it looks stunning :D ).


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 Post subject: Fake Carbon Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:06 pm 
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You can buy a 'fake' Pinarrello Dogma for £500 compared with the £3000 for a genuine one.
Seems there are some concerns with quality of the front forks, and fibre glass being used instead of carbon to cut costs !!!!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Full-Carbon-F ... 68c823c64c


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:17 pm 
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jimo746 wrote:
I've often see these carbon frames on ebay and wondered what they were like, now I've seen your build I'm highly tempted to go for one. Did you encounter any problems at all either in shipping, packaging, or the quality & finish from the frame? (in the pics it looks stunning :D ).


No problems at all and shipping was a swift 10 days.


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 Post subject: Re: Fake Carbon Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:48 pm 
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orbeas wrote:
You can buy a 'fake' Pinarrello Dogma for £500 compared with the £3000 for a genuine one.
Seems there are some concerns with quality of the front forks, and fibre glass being used instead of carbon to cut costs !!!!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Full-Carbon-F ... 68c823c64c


well you can get one hell of a set of forks for £2,500 i'd imagine.


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 Post subject: Carbon frames
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:03 pm 
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I bought just a frame as have a pair of brand new forks £169 plus carriage and import...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:22 pm 
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Might be worth reading this!

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum ... lo#p788927

And this -

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum ... 14&t=90693

Not the only threads out there about these.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:14 pm 
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I know a couple of lads with various Chinese frames and they're all holding up fine. I get a feeling some of the horror stories are put out there by distributors...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:44 pm 
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Broady wrote:
I know a couple of lads with various Chinese frames and they're all holding up fine. I get a feeling some of the horror stories are put out there by distributors...


You might like to think that but I couldn't possibly comment......................


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