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Old 2nd January 2012   #1501
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valves?
Yeah, not just the length though (I can fix that).
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1502
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It's clean?
Hah yeah it was on the receiving end of a jet wash this morning. Herne Hill mud is stubborn.
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1503
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Fook yeah! But something isn't quite right. Who can spot it?
The front valve is in the wrong spot relative to the spoke pattern. It should be in a more open spot like the rear.
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1504
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I only noticed because my flashy rear carbon whell has the same problem. I was out of phase on the triple pattern and had to move half the NDS spokes. Which messed up my valve placement. Not that it matters with only 24 spokes to get in the way.



Still grates though.
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1505
Howarddonor
^Good spot. Tempted to spend a couple of hours rebuilding it :(
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1506
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How did that happen? Did you build the wrong way from the key spoke?
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1507
Howarddonor
No - that's how it was shipped to me from China, unfortunately. My first test ride may conveniently pass Arup's place ;)
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1508
Señor Beardonor
 
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REFUND!

I'd be asking for one
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1509
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srly?

*shakeshead*


Out of interest, how much were they all in?
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1510
Howarddonor
Paid £600 for the wheelset + an additional pair of 50mm rims inc. postage, fees etc.
Tubs, pair, Condor: £100
Cement, Aquaseal:£20

For everything else there's...
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Old 2nd January 2012   #1511
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REFUND!

I'd be asking for one
Might mention it in an attempt to negotiate cheaper stuff but I'm not that bothered. I could sort it out myself if I had the time, if not it's a 30 min job for Arup.
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Old 9th January 2012   #1512
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I posted this in the Road Bike Recommendations thread so thought I should also post it here.
This is about my full carbon frameset purchased a few months ago.

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I've done around 2-3 hundred on it now. First impressions where good and it was as I expected for a £250 full carbon frameset.
The bads:
Their was some build up of material on the fork crown, meaning the headset race wouldnt sit dead flat, it's about 1/2 a mm off on one side. I could have reamed it or sanded it but I didn't bother. It hasn't made any noticeable difference.
The exit hole for the front derailleur cable to come through the bottom bracket was slightly too small, so I sanded it a little so the cable fit through and it's not been a problem since.
One of the holes for the bottle cages has some dodgy threading. I still got a screw in to it, but wouldn't want to screw it in and out too often.
It didn't come with a rubber cable guide for under the BB, nor any screws for it or for the bottle cages.
The Goods:
The frame is light and stiff, the forks have a little noticeable flex, but no more than I have noticed in other full carbon forks and certainly not enough for me to notice when going up hills or sprinting.
The seatpost that came with it was nice, but I changed it to make my stem.
Everything went on it perfectly, apart from the 2 very minor details mentioned previously.
The ride itself is lovely, the carbon smooths out all the tiny little bumps that my BMC would bounce over, it's a world apart from my full Alu track bike. I also feel quicker on it, I don't know whether it's because the sizing is better or what. I can get lean down loads on corners and it goes exactly where I want. So overall, very pleased with it.
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Old 9th January 2012   #1513
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I wonder how many headsets it'll go through in the first 12 months?
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Old 9th January 2012   #1514
sumo
 
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the headset came with the frame, I think it's the same as the ones Decathlon use. So I don't really care if it breaks.
If it breaks, I'll file it down when fitting the new one.
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Old 9th January 2012   #1515
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I wonder how many headsets it'll go through in the first 12 months?
Been said.

Tsh.
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Old 10th January 2012   #1517
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good thing you got yours replaced then.
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Old 10th January 2012   #1518
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Clinchers, not tubs.
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Old 10th January 2012   #1519
Smallfurrydonor
 
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That'll buff out.....




....*makes note to self to check braking surface*
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Old 10th January 2012   #1520
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Been said.
Tsh.
Repost.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1521
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Hi guys, have people come to a conclusion on where the best place to source some good, and hopefully cheap, 50-60mm crabon clincher rims?
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Old 5th March 2012   #1522
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sumo just bought the planet x ones
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Old 5th March 2012   #1523
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I also want them on track hubs... forgot to mention that!


Doh! Just realised you meant planet-x rim, not wheel. Nice one.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1524
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I did mean the pre-built wheels, £99 for a rim is ok. they are tubs though
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Old 5th March 2012   #1525
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sumo just bought the planet x ones
I've got the PX ones with an aluminium braking surface because cheap carbon ones are known for failing after heat built up from braking.
If you're using them on a track/tarck bike they might be fine as you won't be braking on them.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1526
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Oh, just checked and they is tubs, not clinchers... I really need some sleep.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1527
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I've got the PX ones with an aluminium braking surface because cheap carbon ones are known for failing after heat built up from braking.
If you're using them on a track/tarck bike they might be fine as you won't be braking on them.
Nah, this is my first proper fixie, so will want braking surface.

Planet-x don't seem to have any 50mm carbon clincher rims or carbon clincher track wheels for sale on their site at mo either. And I'm not a big fan of tubs.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1528
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they only do them as a pair
http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/...ncher_wheelset
If you really want you could buy them and sell the rear one.

This talk of carbon wheels has inspired me to put my front one on my track bike. I've decided I need another one now.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1529
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P-X tested full carbon clinchers, and then decided against them after "Alpine braking" testing.

To be honest, if this is going to be a running around London bike you'd be fine- 10km long steep descents being rare around here.

Send (say) Xiamen Farsports an email asking the price of novatech track hubs to 50mm clinchers.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1530
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Cheers Dammit, good info.
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Old 5th March 2012   #1531
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Send (say) Xiamen Farsports an email asking the price of novatech track hubs to 50mm clinchers.
then post here - I haz interest
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Old 25th March 2012   #1532
T-V
Does anyone have experience or advice on buying a disc wheel via this route? Interested in buying for a pure track build.
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1533
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What do people think of this? i actually quite like it, looks fairly well made, £390 so its a bit more expensive than the usual chinese price for a frame and fork
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1534
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Matte lacquer looks even nicer
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1535
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Not my cup of tea... look a little fugly.
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1536
Señor Beardonor
 
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How does it look well made?
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1537
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they trimmed off the excess and you can't see the pollyfilla poking out of the holes
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1538
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Too much style over substance for a TT machine imo. Weird 'not so aero' details.
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Old 3rd April 2012   #1539
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Weird 'not so aero' details.
seat post clamp for one

/waits for tester to correct him
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Old 6th April 2012   #1540
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Weird 'not so aero' details.
this is a polite way of saying. it;s fucking shit

imo
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Old 8th April 2012   #1541
Jack A
Would agree, hardly smooth flowing angles like you seen on a shiv
(Of which is about 1,000 times better than anything any of the competitors have come up with)
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Old 15th April 2012   #1542
col has been fixed
looks like an awsum bat-bike.

would build up great, just have to make sure your cape does not get caught.

Seat post in the top bat-bike is for people 8ft and above.
(Round it up to 3m for metric peoples.)
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Old 16th April 2012   #1543
giles337
Am gonna order one the e_baybikes frames in the next few days, either the knock-off pinarello or this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Full-C...#ht_1945wt_956

any idea if the latter is a copy of a different companies road frame? has everything to be said about these frames been said, or is it worth me posting a blow-by-blow of the ordering/delivery process and how I get on with the frame etc?
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Old 16th April 2012   #1544
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Looks similar to the one sumo has. If I remember right from when I was looking for mine, the ones in that price range aren't direct rip offs of any big manufacturer's frames, but some companies have bought them direct from china and sold them on.
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Old 16th April 2012   #1545
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Am gonna order one the e_baybikes frames in the next few days, either the knock-off pinarello or this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Full-C...#ht_1945wt_956

any idea if the latter is a copy of a different companies road frame? has everything to be said about these frames been said, or is it worth me posting a blow-by-blow of the ordering/delivery process and how I get on with the frame etc?

they are copies of moulds usually designed for companies which then didn't go ahead with them for whatever reason. I believe that one is the FM001, the first one. It's a good frame, just don't expect the finishing to be great on it. There's not much to say about the ordering process, you buy it, they will usually email you to confirm the size/finish, then it will around 14 working days later.
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Old 16th April 2012   #1546
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I think the FM001 is actually a copy of a Kuota.
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Old 16th April 2012   #1547
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they are copies of moulds usually designed for companies which then didn't go ahead with them for whatever reason. I believe that one is the FM001, the first one. It's a good frame, just don't expect the finishing to be great on it. There's not much to say about the ordering process, you buy it, they will usually email you to confirm the size/finish, then it will around 14 working days later.
I saw one of the FM001's outside Sainsbury's in Brighton, and was relatively impressed it. Recognised it as Chinese carbon, and seeing one that had obviously been ridden somewhere and was still in one piece was enough to make me fancy one. Wish I'd stopped to ask a couple of questions, but was in a hurry. Have almost enough bits kicking around to build it up anyway, so figured it's worth a punt!
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Old 16th April 2012   #1548
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honest, go for it. For the money they're great. Any nearly every time I take it out I get people admiring it.
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Old 16th April 2012   #1549
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Are you sure they're really admiring it?
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Old 16th April 2012   #1550
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probably checking for cracks
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