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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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