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Hi guys & girls,

Just an update really, I've now covered over 4000 uneventful miles on it.

I've changed the bars to the compact type, they`re a lot easier on my neck, I`m 52 now  2 , still pretty flexible but....

The frame has performed without a hitch. just replaced worn headset.

The Sram Rival groupset has been great.

The wheels have been straightened by Darren at Strada wheels, thanks mate, the bearings have been replaced through normal wear & tear.

The bars were replaced with Chinese copies of Most compact bars. Fitted & forgotten.

I've also got a pair of 25mm GP4000s on, only done 20 miles on them, but they feel ok!

I wouldn't hesitate building another one, mid you, all the "proper" manufacturers are having to play ball, so there are some cracking end of season deals to be had, hhhmmm

Thanks for reading,

Wheelz

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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ha ah good news!

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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was thinking about this only a few days ago actually. someone around here has build a china-velo r5 and is well happy so far

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700c [1136 posts] 3 years ago
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Interesting. Its almost tempting isn't it..

But are there any concerns about manufacture quality? Ie in the event of an extreme situation and you really need your frame or wheels to hold up.. (I presume your wheels aren't campag Bora ultra either?)

Is there any warranty protection?

I think that would niggle away at me and stop me pushing quite so hard,.TBH

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TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago
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shallow I know but I'd be more worried about how to deal with someone saying 'nice Pinarello'

glad you're enjoying it though - it does raise questions about why brands can't get close to those prices.

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Super Domestique [1615 posts] 3 years ago
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A bit like owning a real Pinarello and being asked if it's real all the time I suppose.

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wheelz [75 posts] 3 years ago
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I get asked all the time as to "is it real"? I just tell them the truth. They just assume its real.

Yep, the wheels are from the land of the cheap Italian bikes!! I had them checked out by a reputable wheel builder before I rode them. They said, and I quote, * they are of the same standard as the ones from Planet X, or such outlets. As I said , they had to be straightened, and after 3000 miles I've had to replace the bearings, but that's no more than normal.

Would I build another? hhhhmmmm, unsure really, feel like I would like a change of style or concept. But the quality is as good as anything mainstream I've built, just there's this warranty thing!!!!!

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captain_slog [399 posts] 3 years ago
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TheHatter wrote:

it does raise questions about why brands can't get close to those prices

No R&D or marketing costs?

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TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago
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captain_slog wrote:
TheHatter wrote:

it does raise questions about why brands can't get close to those prices

No R&D or marketing costs?

Agree that's true for some - but so many frames are very similar there's not much going in to R&D so does that mean 20% going to some Soho hipsters or now disgraced ex riders?