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Bhaalgorn

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Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
« 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?



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Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
« Reply #1 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!

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« Reply #2 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, which I really like.
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« Reply #3 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!


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« Reply #5 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.

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« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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!


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« Reply #9 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


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« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Chiner Components - Finds, Recommendations, Reviews, Knockoffs
« Reply #12 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

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« Reply #13 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".  :-\

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« Reply #14 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...