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Beware of cheap Chinese carbon wheels and avoid carbonspeedcycle at all costs

Monday, 28 July 2014 15:40 by Ben

I wouldn’t usually post anything like this on this on here but I wanted to give this issue some exposure, so here we go.

I was out on Saturday when my front wheel — rim, not tyre — exploded under normal riding conditions. Fortunately, I was slowing due to a rear wheel puncture when it blew, so I didn’t crash. But I could have! Imagine if it happened on one the 60kph descents I was riding that day?

Here are some pics of the damage:

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

There was no warning the wheel was under stress, no buckles or bulges — they were actually remarkably impressive wheels until this happened. It was a very hot day, which obviously played a part, but this still shouldn’t happen. The fact that my rims gave way before my lightweight 160 gram tyres, shows how weak they were.

My advice: avoid ebay seller carbonspeedcycle and anything from a seller called Helin Liu on AliExpress (or anywhere else).

I’ve blogged more about this on Google+ here and recorded a carbon wheelset youtube ‘review’ here.

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Sounding out the music news

Monday, 28 November 2011 10:45 by Ben
 
The Invosoft team have launched a new music blog for online t-shirt retailer Onlyteesin.com.
 
The new blog, built using wordpress, is a place for Onlyteesin to ‘sound out’ about all things music and t-shirt related.
 
We have gone for a simple but hard-hitting design coupled with the latest wordpress blogging engine /cms.  We have also included some powerful additions like content delivery network (CDN) integration, improved SEO and the ability to easily embed youtube videos and other rich media.
 
To sound out with Onlyteesin visit http://onlysoundingout.com/
 

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