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Title: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Bhaalgorn on December 22, 2016, 08:27:36 AM
Aliexpress has a wide range of components that seem very appealing. Has anyone tried some of these components? The only parts I've ordered are small things (jockey wheels, bolts, etc.), but there appear to be a whole host of knockoffs (like the iXF crankset which is Shimano XT).

What are some of the common knockoff equivalents?
What have you tried and liked or didn't like?
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on December 22, 2016, 09:11:51 AM
I've tried pedals. As you mention they are knockoff, not brand product relabelled. They are lower quality and 3x cheaper.
I've tried Ti rotor bolts. For about 1$/piece they are just fine to me. You can't really tell there is something wrong till they break :)

I think in general, all those Aliexpress parts are lower quality. Lower quality materials, lower grade of mechanical tolerance.

I consider now some jersey/shorts. Less then 25$ the pack!
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Bhaalgorn on December 22, 2016, 11:17:55 AM
I consider now some jersey/shorts. Less then 25$ the pack!
I've bought several pairs of the jersey and bib combos, and I love them.

This guy has been really great to work with: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-X-Tiger-Modesti-Summer-Cycling-Clothing-maillot-bicycle-clothes-ropa-Cycling-Jerseys-Mountain-Bicycle-Wear/32668209928.html

The sizing is wonky though. Took me some trial and error, but discovered a 2XL jersey and a 3XL bib fits me perfectly. I'm 6'3", 220lbs, 38"x32" pants and L T-shirts usually.

I also bought his multi-lens Oakley sunglasses (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10-Colors-Polarized-JBR-Cycling-SunGlasses-Mountain-Bike-Goggles-5-Lens-Cycling-Eyewear-Bicycle-Sunglasses-Cycling/32747392631.html), which I really like.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on December 22, 2016, 11:58:52 AM
I've pulled the trigger on a jersey/short  :)
As you mention, sizing is difficult! I looked at buyers' pictures and most show something I consider way too large. I like my jersey and shorts to stretch on my muscles ;D so I picked a size down from their recommendation (something that fits the measurement of what I use).
I'll post a picture, if I dare, the model I picked is a hit or miss. It could look odd if fitting is poor (no, it's not the skeleton one  :P). If it looks good it will most likely be my next Strava picture  8). If not that's only 25$ down the drain (or a gift to someone I don't like).

I also noticed many Jawbreaker sunglasses for 15 bucks, 5 lens included. If I didn't already get 2 pairs of cycling sunglasses I would try one pair!
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Bhaalgorn on December 22, 2016, 12:20:04 PM
Nice, SportingGoods!

Here are some knockoffs I've found:

Ergon grips: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-special-offer-top-fashion-carbon-handlebar-road-cycling-mountain-mtb-bike-bicycle-lock-on-handlebar/32557932112.html
ESI Chunky grips: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2016-New-AVANTS-Ultra-Light-Silicone-Material-Handlebar-Girps-High-Density-MTB-Bicycle-Handlebar-Anti-slip/1846103_32705361962.html
Fizik Arione: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-New-Bicycle-Cycling-Saddles-Pro-Leather-Seat-Saddle-Shockproof-Soft-Cushion-Steel-Rails-For-Mountain/32624256710.html

This guy has a ton of knockoff saddles, glasses and helmets: https://beginagaincycle.aliexpress.com/store/all-wholesale-products/1984193.html
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on December 24, 2016, 12:54:08 AM
I've pulled the trigger on a jersey/short  :)
As you mention, sizing is difficult! I looked at buyers' pictures and most show something I consider way too large. I like my jersey and shorts to stretch on my muscles ;D so I picked a size down from their recommendation (something that fits the measurement of what I use).
I'll post a picture, if I dare, the model I picked is a hit or miss. It could look odd if fitting is poor (no, it's not the skeleton one  :P). If it looks good it will most likely be my next Strava picture  8). If not that's only 25$ down the drain (or a gift to someone I don't like).

I also noticed many Jawbreaker sunglasses for 15 bucks, 5 lens included. If I didn't already get 2 pairs of cycling sunglasses I would try one pair!

The jerseys have not the same soft/nice/stretchy fabric of the big brands.
But they are somewhat OK.
Last summer, I used one intensively until the zipper  died.
But they size really really small. I'm afraid it will be for your kid :)

The pads in the shorts are crap(tried twice).
One of the shorts is the one I wear when I was too lazy to wash all the others.

For cycling clothes my main source now is sportpursuit.com, if you know what you are looking for (with most of us do) there are some incredible deals.

For the sunglasses, I tend to break or loose them quite often.
So the Foakley are my solution.
However they can be very good(even a sales rep here was astonished by the quality) and very bad ones. I think I can spot the good ones now. But still sometimes it's a miss.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: tripleDot on December 27, 2016, 10:59:24 PM
The jerseys have not the same soft/nice/stretchy fabric of the big brands.
But they are somewhat OK.
Last summer, I used one intensively until the zipper  died.
But they size really really small. I'm afraid it will be for your kid :)

Regarding the sizes, it is true.  The terms "American or Asian size" is pretty common in Asia... at least here in the Philippines.  Asian size is (depending on brand or co.) 1 or 2 sizes smaller.  My casual cloths are L or XL for Asian but I go M for American. But that's usually true with shirts.  Shorts and pants tend to be more similar as they go with waistline size.  So for jersey/short, you might have to get different sizes, i.e. XL/M combo.


On Chinese products.  I've good experiences with GUB and Circus Monkey products (mostly accessories).  They've got good quality on craftsmanship and so far they've been holding up. For Atomic pedals, I got a 50-50 good-bad experience.  I got 2 pairs of them, 1 broke down with less than 600km, the other 1 still looks good but only had 400km on it.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on January 06, 2017, 08:17:04 AM
My jersey/shorts have already arrived. I'm pretty satisfied. The size I've picked are "usable" even though I would have probably picked a smaller jersey and at least tried the larger shorts. I picked M (for both), while I'm 1.81m/70kg. I usually need size L. It would have been scary to pick a jersey size S  :o
As I mentioned I like my cycling cloth to stretch on me. The short does (slightly too much). The jersey does not (but still looks OK).

Quality of textile is not bad, the chamois is OK, colors/graphic are very good. The cut is not very good (shoulders are too large even though I get pretty large shoulders, short goes too high on the belly for a summer short). But heck this is 25€   8)

I guess I'll never cross anyone with the same jersey!
(https://s30.postimg.org/56zrfpew1/IMG_3141.jpg)
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on January 27, 2017, 03:12:07 AM
The next must have for your training  :-X:
https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/Racmmer-Cycling-Fitness-Speed-Soccer-Training-Equipment-Running-Chute-Football-Resistance-Training-Parachute-PJ-06/32642665821.html?spm=a2g05.8280284.dbaec89.51.XDuji6&scm=1007.14110.63854.0&pvid=66bb3292-3137-46d5-a05a-8be92a199e3d

Still very happy with my jersey/bib shorts. It holds the quality after washing. I'll definitely repeat when I need some more.
Also, I've received some grips for my MTB and I really like those, $6.00
https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/PROPALM-Soft-Songe-Bicycle-Handlebar-High-Density-Super-Light-Anti-Skid-Cycling-Grips-For-MTB-Folding/32619348582.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.ewvlCu
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on January 27, 2017, 05:30:19 PM
We will all be definitely able to recognize you if we ride in the Alps :)

I use aliexpress grips too now.
For the chute... well... I may wait a little more :o
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: HooligaN on January 28, 2017, 05:38:02 AM
very happy with these https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-products-High-Density-handlebar-Sponge-Grips-High-Density-Sponge-MTB-Folding-Bike-Bicycle-Handlebar-Anti/32674531679.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.n5cE9B
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Bhaalgorn on January 31, 2017, 07:41:15 AM
I've tried a few more small components.

Red annodized QR skewers: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Pro-Road-MTB-Bike-Bicycle-Hubs-Quick-Release-Cycling-Bike-Quick-Release-Axle-Skewers-Seat/32458095975.html - These are pretty meh. The axle is semi rough, like it was made from cheap aluminum, and the screw is made of plastic. I would not recommend these.

Wire end caps: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/30Pcs-Bike-Bicycle-Brake-Shifter-Derailleur-Inner-Cable-Wire-End-Cap-Crimps-free-shipping/32598865290.html - Can't really go wrong here. They work just fine.

Chainstag protector: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cycling-Frame-Chain-stay-Protector-Guard-chain-protector-Bike-Sport-Tool-Parts-Road-Bicycle-Chain-Protector/32228731365.html - Not bad. It's a padded fabric material, so I'm curious to see how it does when it gets wet. They didn't have a Niner logo, unfortunately.

Silenyond bib and jersy: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Siilenyond-Lancelote-Pro-Maillot-Rock-Bicycle-Wear-Summer-MTB-Cycling-Clothing-Ropa-Ciclismo-Bike-Clothing-Racing/32679893065.html - The same guys that make X-Tiger. Quality is excellent. Again, I definitely recommend these. Fitting can be weird though, but after your first order you'll get it figured out.

Pulley/jockey wheel: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2pcs-MEIJUN-MTB-Road-Bike-Ceramic-Pulley-7005-Aluminum-Alloy-Rear-Derailleur-11T-13T-Guide-Cycling/32658360558.html - NOT ceramic, but at this price, whatever. Pay attention to your current wheel tooth count. I tried to run the 11T on my 12T SRAM Force CX1 rear derailleur and it did not work out so well. The set I put on my MTB is just fine though. I did break my first chain after installing these, but I'm not sure what the cause was. I'll update this if it happens again.

Crank boots: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MEIJUN-8-Color-Mountain-Bikes-Road-Bicycle-Cycling-Crankset-protector-Crank-Protective-Sleeve-Cover-Parts/32302294375.html - These fit my SRAM Force CX1 cranks pretty nicely. There's a bit of overlap of the pedal spindle, but it's not problematic since it stretches out of the way.

Warm riding gloves: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ROCKBROS-Winter-Gloves-Fleece-Thermal-Warm-Bike-Sport-Gloves-Motorcycle-Cycling-Bicycle-Equipment-Gloves-Full-Finger/32579893837.html - Minimal padding, but they've done a great job keeping my hands warm on a couple of 40*F rides. They also work with touchscreens.

Windbreaker: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ROCKBROS-Cycling-Clothing-Men-Women-Wear-Riding-Breathable-Reflective-Jersey-Bicycle-Bike-Wind-Rain-Coat-Jacket/891011759.html - This is badass. It's perfect for temps into the high 30s. I just wear this and a jersey, and I still sweat. It's very, very thin, so I was kind of bummed at first. But it's comfortable, reflective, has pockets, a fleece collar, elastic cuffs/hem, etc. Definitely recommend this.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: MTB2223 on January 31, 2017, 10:06:00 AM
Silenyond bib and jersy: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Siilenyond-Lancelote-Pro-Maillot-Rock-Bicycle-Wear-Summer-MTB-Cycling-Clothing-Ropa-Ciclismo-Bike-Clothing-Racing/32679893065.html - The same guys that make X-Tiger. Quality is excellent. Again, I definitely recommend these. Fitting can be weird though, but after your first order you'll get it figured out.
Your link isn't working. You were pointing to this I suppose ? https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=Siilenyond+Lancelote+Pro+Maillot+Rock+Bicycle+MTB
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: RS VR6 on February 01, 2017, 08:51:29 PM
Windbreaker: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ROCKBROS-Cycling-Clothing-Men-Women-Wear-Riding-Breathable-Reflective-Jersey-Bicycle-Bike-Wind-Rain-Coat-Jacket/891011759.html - This is badass. It's perfect for temps into the high 30s. I just wear this and a jersey, and I still sweat. It's very, very thin, so I was kind of bummed at first. But it's comfortable, reflective, has pockets, a fleece collar, elastic cuffs/hem, etc. Definitely recommend this.

The windbreaker looks real nice...except it says "Tour de France".  :-\
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on February 02, 2017, 02:38:15 AM
I agree with this comment. At Chinertown we like the high value of buying direct in China, but we never support counterfeited products. I'm pretty sure that they don't pay any license to "Le Tour", and really who needs that logo...
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: QuizzicalSwin on February 26, 2017, 08:36:02 PM
how about www.acebike.com?
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: mr.doom on March 01, 2017, 10:22:58 AM
Goin to try the  $14 BB7 Knock offs from E-bay (with rotor), The $28 IFX Crank/bb combo,  a $14 carbon post,  $20 760mm carbon bars and cheapest 056/202 frameset on the bay...  Wish me luck, I think I will need it.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on March 01, 2017, 01:41:12 PM
Sounds like a cheap bike! I like the concept, except the cheap bars. A failure with the bar is... not good  :-X
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Midwest-MTBer on March 01, 2017, 11:39:57 PM
I just ordered a jersey and set of bibs from a seller on aliexpress. I'm really satisfied with the quality and service that they provided. Their stuff is a little more expensive than other sellers, but the quality is pretty much up to the standards of stuff I would buy here in the US. Only complaint is the neck on the jersey is a little baggy. I'd prefer it to be a little more snug. Check them out!

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1985488?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.cc0xVi
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on March 02, 2017, 02:45:08 AM
I like the Assos-like pose of the model :)
But I agree that their product seem to be of a higher standard than other vendors. I was specifically interested with some of their shoes, really nice looking, but I really don't need shoes for now  :(
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Midwest-MTBer on March 02, 2017, 07:42:52 AM
I was looking at shoes on AlIExpress but ended up not going with any. I figured it wasn't worth the price to get something my feet would be uncomfortable in. Maybe if someone else orders some first and has a good experience I would consider it!
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: tripleDot on March 03, 2017, 05:15:56 AM
@Midwest-MTBer, how was the sizing of Santic? Is it the same as American sizes or are they using the smaller Asian size?
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Midwest-MTBer on March 03, 2017, 05:15:53 PM
They use the smaller Asian sizing. It seems like the charts that they provide to compare Asian vs. US are pretty accurate.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on March 06, 2017, 05:04:50 AM
I bought last year an MTB short from Santic https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Santic-Cycling-Shorts-Gray-3D-Padded-L-3XL-KS002/1985488_32677783703.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.0YcmNG

While the short is ok for the summer, and I continue to wear it.
The inside mesh with the pad is really poor and I don't use it.

I'm tempted to try a bib short( yeah... too look like the Assos guy  :D ), but based on this past experience, I'm in doubt  :o
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Midwest-MTBer on March 06, 2017, 05:28:33 AM
I actually was able to get out yesterday for my first ride in the bibs. To be honest I found the pad and materials to be more comfortable than my Pearl Izumi shorts. Granted the ride was only about 30 miles, but I just felt like the pad provided a little more firmness. I also made sure that the bibs I ordered were the "sponge" version to avoid cheap gel pads. The only thing that makes these noticibly cheaper are the way the stitching is done on the inside. If you guys want I'll post some photos so you can see what I'm talking about. First impressions are great, but we'll see how long these things can actually hold up. I'm hoping to get maybe 2 years out of them.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on March 06, 2017, 08:40:40 AM
I actually was able to get out yesterday for my first ride in the bibs. To be honest I found the pad and materials to be more comfortable than my Pearl Izumi shorts.

Thanks for risking :) Which bibs/jersey did you order in particular?
There are many.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Midwest-MTBer on March 06, 2017, 07:09:42 PM
I ordered these bibs

http://s.aliexpress.com/iiYjqQNR

And A jersey that Santic has removed. I'll post photos later this week so you can see!

Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Bhaalgorn on April 03, 2017, 09:30:34 AM
I ordered my first piece of Chinese carbon; some MIRACLE 44cm compact drop bars. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Miralce-New-Ful-Carbon-Fiber-Road-Bicycle-Cylcing-Bike-Compact-Handlebar-Drop-Bars-Carbon-31-8/32525694729.html

I really liked the layout of the bar, so I'm excited to see how it handles. Hopefully I keep all my teeth through the cyclocross season.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Squashman on April 26, 2017, 08:53:05 PM
Are there any Chinese carbon cranks that are cheaper then SRAM and RaceFace?
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on May 30, 2017, 07:52:17 AM
Just received my Castelli socks. Very high quality! Shipping was about 10 days. They arrive in an individual packaging that looks really nice. I'm surprised by the quality, glad I grabbed 6 pairs (3 white, 3 black) when price was low (paid 2.8€/pair).
https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/A-variety-Of-New-Professional-Brand-Coolmax-Sport-Socks-Breathable-Road-Bicycle-Socks-Mountain-Bike-Socks/32763426590.html
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on May 31, 2017, 09:26:01 AM
Just received my Castelli socks. Very high quality! Shipping was about 10 days. They arrive in an individual packaging that looks really nice. I'm surprised by the quality, glad I grabbed 6 pairs (3 white, 3 black) when price was low (paid 2.8€/pair).
https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/A-variety-Of-New-Professional-Brand-Coolmax-Sport-Socks-Breathable-Road-Bicycle-Socks-Mountain-Bike-Socks/32763426590.html

I have some pairs since last summer(the black and white). As you say, perfect.
The color faded away a little, but I still wear them after many km.

Some other I tried didn't last at all.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: MTB2223 on June 01, 2017, 02:59:34 AM
Just received my Castelli socks. Very high quality! Shipping was about 10 days. They arrive in an individual packaging that looks really nice. I'm surprised by the quality, glad I grabbed 6 pairs (3 white, 3 black) when price was low (paid 2.8€/pair).
https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/A-variety-Of-New-Professional-Brand-Coolmax-Sport-Socks-Breathable-Road-Bicycle-Socks-Mountain-Bike-Socks/32763426590.html

I have some pairs since last summer(the black and white). As you say, perfect.
The color faded away a little, but I still wear them after many km.

Some other I tried didn't last at all.
+1
Really nice socks. Last year I bought the flour yellow version. This week some black pairs arrived.
With this link they are even cheaper : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Professional-brand-Cycling-sport-socks-Protect-feet-breathable-wicking-socks-cycling-socks-Bicycles-Socks/32806007629.html
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on June 01, 2017, 10:47:22 AM
It looks we are somehow less reluctant on counterfeited socks than frames :)
I would prefer much more unbranded socks of that quality though.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: SportingGoods on June 01, 2017, 02:20:30 PM
I'm afraid you are correct :(
I had the same thought! I picked those socks because they seemed right, with good feedback, but I agree that I'd prefer the exact same sock pure black or white, or with a carp logo to match my jersey  ;D
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: MTB2223 on June 01, 2017, 02:43:58 PM
Oh, Castelli is a real brand?  ;)
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: gohloum on July 07, 2017, 08:25:24 PM
Things I have found on Aliexpress I would buy again:

Santic Shorts - $23.00
Fox knock off long sleeve jerseys - $12.00 (definitely nowhere close in design and completely different fabric, but cool and wicks sweat great).
Headsets - $9
Rear axle with ratcheting feature - $18 (def worth posting a link: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2017-QR-86g-Bicycle-Skewer-front-15mm-rear-12mm-for-Carbon-Cyclocross-Fork-Thru-axle-12/32752388404.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.WTURaI (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2017-QR-86g-Bicycle-Skewer-front-15mm-rear-12mm-for-Carbon-Cyclocross-Fork-Thru-axle-12/32752388404.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.WTURaI))
Tideace Seatpost - $28
Tideace Handlebar (700 mm) - $20
Future Carbon saddle with Titanium rails - $30 (Selle SMP style - I have 2 and love them!)
Foam Grips - $2 (They are a little thinner than name brand, but $8 cheaper!)
Rock Bros Sunglass kit - $15 (This is the one that comes with 5 different lenses and case)
X2U Sport clothing - $12 to $15.  (I actually saw this stuff on a major European site for over $50! )
Tieboa Shoes - $52  (They made it though 1 season and still going strong).
Coospo Heartrate Monitor $20  (Works great with Strava and Wahoo)
Coospo Speed and Cadence sensor - $19 (Cadence works with Strava, Cadence and speed work with wahoo.  There are major compatibility issues with Strava on a phone and dual readout sensors, so it's a Strava issue, not a device issue).
Lixda Helmet - $15  I bought a second one because the first one smells like a jock strap... Now I take it in the shower with me after my rides and rinse it good. The new one has done much better just from the simple washings.
Rock Bros Multi Tool - $12
SNAIL brake rotors - $25 for a set.
Idqidao brak rotors - $10 per disk.  (Now I see DECKAS brand on the same 2pc rotor).
DECKAS chain Ring - $26
Aluminum Seatpost Clamp - $1.37


Things I would NOT buy again:

Any carbon part with ASIACOM brand on it.  My seatpost broke on the 3rd ride which was me just doing bunny hops in my front yard.  It broke in the air when I pulled the bike up underneath me and the seat slapped my butt.   I tried some handlebars... Seemed to be a little sketchy.  After about a dozen rides, I took them off to inspect them and the were cracked under the controls on both sides!!!! Glad I pulled that part.  The stem would not stay tight.  Every time crashed my handlebars would spin.  Kinda sucks because it was a 60mm x 15 degree which I used inverted to get my bars lower.  I really liked the positioning.  Now I'm on a Strynge 60mm x 7 degree inverted.

Most of the saddle bags I have tried did not last.  Granted I bought the cheap ones between $5 - $10.  I might give it 1 more round with the Rock Bros brand since the glasses and multi tool I have from them are holding up nicely.

Carbon saddles with carbon rails.  I'm only 155lbs and I broke the rails on the saddle within 2 weeks of riding.

Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on July 09, 2017, 03:22:07 PM
I use the GUB saddle(full carbon with a little padding), they are solid... for my 145lbs. Did you try them?

I tried Rockbros saddle bags, and they aren't much better.
Took a Topeak finally for less than I spent on all my trials/errors :)

While I tried a couple, I still have a doubt about helmets.
They are well done, but I only tried them as a decoration.
In case of a crash, I don't have any idea how they would fare.

I'll have a look at X2U Sport and Tieboa( thanks! ).

The foam grips I tried were not very good, and now buy brand ones(ESI mainly).

The rear axle is indeed great. I have a few spares for my next builds.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: gohloum on July 09, 2017, 11:51:51 PM
Quote
While I tried a couple, I still have a doubt about helmets.

Well, since they are cheap, I'll purchase another at the beginning of season (October).  Once I have it, That will make 3 and I'll cut the old, smelly one apart and see if it has the nylon reinforced webbing embedded in the Styrofoam.  Generally, if I crash the helmet, I throw it away like you are supposed to.  Seems that all my crashes this year have not involved any significant head impacts, mostly just kept dirt out of my ears when my head and shoulder slid along the trail, LOL!

Here is a link to the particular helmet I have: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LIXADA-25-Vents-Ultralight-EPS-MTB-Mountain-Road-Bike-Bicycle-Helmet-Riding-Cycling-Helmet-with-Visor/32365270158.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.o6rHOi (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LIXADA-25-Vents-Ultralight-EPS-MTB-Mountain-Road-Bike-Bicycle-Helmet-Riding-Cycling-Helmet-with-Visor/32365270158.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.o6rHOi)
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: tripleDot on July 10, 2017, 01:23:15 AM
Things I would NOT buy again:

Any carbon part with ASIACOM brand on it.  My seatpost broke on the 3rd ride which was me just doing bunny hops in my front yard.  It broke in the air when I pulled the bike up underneath me and the seat slapped my butt.   I tried some handlebars... Seemed to be a little sketchy.  After about a dozen rides, I took them off to inspect them and the were cracked under the controls on both sides!!!! Glad I pulled that part.  The stem would not stay tight.  Every time crashed my handlebars would spin.  Kinda sucks because it was a 60mm x 15 degree which I used inverted to get my bars lower.  I really liked the positioning.  Now I'm on a Strynge 60mm x 7 degree inverted.

Thanks for the AsiaCom product heads up. I actually had their carbon fork on my eBay Watchlist, was intending to get it for my fixie.



This one's a bit off topic. I read some of you have been quantifying a period of time as "season".  I understand that can mean a number of things. It could mean the four seasons like Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall/Autumn, but where I'm from we only got 2 seasons, wet and dry. We do have "Summer" (mid-March to mid-June) but it simply meant vacation time for students, or the hottest time of the year, meaning lots of beach outings to do. Our school calender is June-March. We also have the "Ber months/season", it's the months ending in "ber". And Christmas decors tends to start cropping at the start of the Ber months. Folks tend to start getting excited with Christmas at the start of the Ber season. Christmas does come early over here. But that's really nothing as I've seen Christmas decor shops open all year round in some Asian countries. So as you can see, we are operating on a completely different definition of seasons... meteorologically,  periodically and/or culturally speaking.

And to compound things, to some folks, a season could mean an event/tournament period, like say the NBA (the basketball league), that have an off season and a regular season in a year.  Our local basketball league, the PBA have 3 seasons (All-Filipino, Reinforced, and Governor's Cup) a year.  Then some of you have the "cycling/biking" season that I honestly am not sure what period it encompasses as the whole year is biking season over here. Of course, I'm refering to a non-pro kind of biking.

Anyway, perhaps we can use months or years for the sake of clarity when defining lenght of time a certain part is/was used. Hope that isn't too much to ask.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: carbonazza on July 10, 2017, 02:59:23 AM
It is an expression in many sports, the season being where most competitions occur.
Using it during a season means a year.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Climb82 on August 14, 2017, 05:41:02 PM
Hello . I'm looking for a deal on where can i get a pre built fully carbon fiber hard tail mountain bike ?
 I'm new to the forum and to bike builds. This represents my first step into carbon fiber bikes. Its been a long time since I rode one. I want to get back into this .  This would be my first fully carbon fiber bike .

  Id like to buy a completed bike, and maybe i can upgrade that down the road.  Anyone can help me with where are some places or people i can purchase a brand new build ?

 I was looking into a  fully carbon fiber 29er M91 Hardtail i saw from one Chinese website .  I'm 5 feet 10 inches in height if that's relevant .  you can contact me too at facebook:  John Dlcrelce .
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: bxcc on August 15, 2017, 08:54:11 AM
Hello . I'm looking for a deal on where can i get a pre built fully carbon fiber hard tail mountain bike ?
 I'm new to the forum and to bike builds. This represents my first step into carbon fiber bikes. Its been a long time since I rode one. I want to get back into this .  This would be my first fully carbon fiber bike .

  Id like to buy a completed bike, and maybe i can upgrade that down the road.  Anyone can help me with where are some places or people i can purchase a brand new build ?

 I was looking into a  fully carbon fiber 29er M91 Hardtail i saw from one Chinese website .  I'm 5 feet 10 inches in height if that's relevant .  you can contact me too at facebook:  John Dlcrelce .

Welcome Climb82

Where are you located? I'm sure if you're local to one of the regulars on here, they would be glad to help build one. We might even be persuaded to build one and ship it to you.

I think for ordering a complete bike, your best bet would be to check with Peter at XMCarbonspeed.com. He might be able to provide everything with minimal assembly needed once it arrives.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: GuitsBoy on August 16, 2017, 12:24:33 PM
Agreed on the AsiaCom warning.  I bought a pair for a friend, and those are the first and only bars I've had fail the "stomp test".   They failed at the shoulder.  They also deformed easily and I heard crackling when clamping the lever and shifters.  Really disappointed.  Been trying to get my $15 back for two months, I get endless promises, but no refund yet.  Anyway, steer clear.  Plenty of better quality options out there, though the bars are one place I prefer to pony up for name brand stuff.
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Pack66 on September 03, 2017, 07:52:04 PM
Thanks for all the replies in this thread. I'm looking for a good set of wide (at least 720mm) carbon bars and a 27.2 seatpost. I saw the recommendation above for Tideace. Any other recommendations out there? Peter's prices are a bit high ($116 w/shipping), but I'm still considering going with him. I've also thought about going aluminum and see the Wake bars and stems are popular...but I'm not sure about them. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: Pack66 on September 11, 2017, 08:46:02 PM
.bump

Still looking for thoughts on trustworthy vendors for handlebars/seatposts...aliexpress, web, ebay, amazon or otherwise...
Title: Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
Post by: bxcc on September 12, 2017, 06:38:42 AM
.bump

Still looking for thoughts on trustworthy vendors for handlebars/seatposts...aliexpress, web, ebay, amazon or otherwise...

I have had good luck with the Nashbar carbon seatposts. They can be had for under $40. They aren't super light at 220ish grams but not heavy either. Bars are 800mm wide and weight is similar to the other big name companies.

There is this Santa Cruz bar that's 720mm wide. Not super cheap but from reputable company.

https://www.steepandcheap.com/santa-cruz-bicycles-carbon-720-flat-bar?skid=SNZ008V-BK-ONESIZ&ti=UExQIENhdDpIYW5kbGViYXJzOjE6NDpzYWNDYXQxNDExMDAwMDE1MA==