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    Nice job, Morphtcat. Keep us up to date as you find out more!

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    This sounds like a great XC build with choices that are right up my alley. Can't wait to see the pics. I don't know squat about using a tap, so the lack of threads that you mentioned would have been a really significant problem for me.

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    Thanks. I'll do that. I only finished the build on Saturday, so I haven't had much of a chance to ride it. Initial impressions are that they got the geometry right. It is super nimble, but isn't unstable at all. Compared to my cyclocross bike, it turns much faster and is actually more predictable in the turn. It feels very responsive when I climb - the carbon doesn't feel dead. I've got nothing bad to say about the wheels thus far either.

    About the only difficulty I had while building was that the rear screw hole for the rear brake caliper wasn't threaded, so I had to spend some time doing that. Not too big a deal though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    This sounds like a great XC build with choices that are right up my alley. Can't wait to see the pics. I don't know squat about using a tap, so the lack of threads that you mentioned would have been a really significant problem for me.
    I managed to get one pic up - see a little earlier in the thread (I hope :-)). Honestly, the thread tap was a non-issue. It was only a single thread on the frame, and one on the FSA stem that I purchased separately.

    To solve it, all I needed was a cheap bit of hardware from Home Depot - a thread tap for an M6 bolt - and some amount of patience. I'd never done that before, so it was new to me and it turned out just fine. When I first encountered it, though, I freaked a little, but then asked a couple of friends what to do.

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    Great build MOrphtcat!
    I still have the frame in my garage, a few online orders have been delayed due to the Cristmas season, no fork, rims and H-bar-
    Can't wait to start the build!
    A couple of questions:

    Did you get the matte3k finish, or is it just a camera effect?

    Looking at the picture I just realized that the internal routing for the rear brake (hose entering left side) won't work too well for moto-style routing (rear brake - left side).
    Did you use a standard routing?

    Did you have a chance to weight the fork before assembly?

    PS it would be great to resize the pic to avoid the horizontal scroll
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    Great build MOrphtcat!
    I still have the frame in my garage, a few online orders have been delayed due to the Cristmas season, no fork, rims and H-bar-
    Can't wait to start the build!
    A couple of questions:

    Did you get the matte3k finish, or is it just a camera effect?
    I got the matte 3k finish - I originally asked for glossy, but they didn't have that readily available. In hindsight, I'm actually glad I got the matte finish.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    Looking at the picture I just realized that the internal routing for the rear brake (hose entering left side) won't work too well for moto-style routing (rear brake - left side).
    Did you use a standard routing?
    I have a standard setup - rear brake on the right. All my bikes (including my CX bike) have that style, and when I ride the motorcycle I don't seem to have a problem . btw: the routing of the cable internally was easy; it seems like they've done the right thing and have an internal channel so that you just have to push things through. The tolerances are extremely tight, which is good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    Did you have a chance to weight the fork before assembly?
    I did, but to be honest I forget exactly what it weighed. If I recall correctly, it was pretty much exactly what Rockshox specified. The entire bike comes in at somewhere around 21-22lb depending on tires used. I'm also going to change the seat post to a 2-bolt FSA because a 1-bolt setup just doesn't keep the saddle horizontal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    PS it would be great to resize the pic to avoid the horizontal scroll
    I'll try to do that, but I'm not sure that I can.

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    Morphtcat,
    A beautiful bike and build. Best of luck. Now go get her dirty!
    I'm waiting for my FM-136 to arrive. I ordered the Glossy 12K, BB30.
    I'm building a 16" 18.5 lbs. Single Speed for my wife.
    Could you tell me what the seatpost size is. (31.6?)
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbelkin View Post
    Morphtcat,
    A beautiful bike and build. Best of luck. Now go get her dirty!
    I'm waiting for my FM-136 to arrive. I ordered the Glossy 12K, BB30.
    I'm building a 16" 18.5 lbs. Single Speed for my wife.
    Could you tell me what the seatpost size is. (31.6?)
    Thanks
    Rich
    Thanks Rich! It's a 31.6 seat post. I'm getting an FSA K-Force SB25 for mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbelkin View Post
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    I'm building a 16" 18.5 lbs. Single Speed for my wife.

    Thanks
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    Tensioner or magic gear?
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    Morphtcat, thanks. I order the EDGE Composites carbon post.

    ohpossum,
    I'm using a Problem Solvers E46 eccentric BB wih a Surly 19t cog.
    Hope it works as advertised since this will be a first for me.
    I looked at the Beer Components and a few others.
    I usually convert standard bracket bikes using the Surly Singulator.
    What is a Magic gear?
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbelkin View Post
    Morphtcat, thanks. I order the EDGE Composites carbon post.

    ohpossum,
    I'm using a Problem Solvers E46 eccentric BB wih a Surly 19t cog.
    Hope it works as advertised since this will be a first for me.
    I looked at the Beer Components and a few others.
    I usually convert standard bracket bikes using the Surly Singulator.
    What is a Magic gear?
    Thanks
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    Ah..forgot these frames came with BB30.

    Magic gear is when you luck out and a usable ratio can be used with the existing chainstay length. I had an old Haro frame that worked perfectly with 32x17 because the chainstays were just the right length.
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    I'm always half a link away from perfection!
    I tried using a half link once, but it wasnt good.
    The tensioner allows me to change cogs if necessary for
    different trails.
    Thanks
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    (You could see pics of my Sette build on page 2 of this thread)

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    such a good looking bike and i'm glad you did go w/t he matte finish...
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    Bunch of these frames on ebay with forks and without. $300-$500 range
    No moss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Bunch of these frames on ebay with forks and without. $300-$500 range
    The ones I've seen on eBay aren't the same as the Hongfu frame - the geometry and sizing is different (at least those that I've seen).

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    Hung Fu Bikes

    I pulled the trigger on a Hung Fu Bikes 650b hardtail carbon fiber bike. I've received the frame (only took about 2 weeks) and am now collecting the components and slowly assembling the bike. My frame is a large and weighed 1,285 grams. It looks like a well made carbon frame. I can't find anything to complain about after inspection.

    My build will be a little different...I originally wanted a simple hardtail in 650b, but with the lack of a light suspension fork available until some time next year (ie, Rockshox SID Worldcup...sub 1,300 grams), I decided to try something different...carbon rigid fork (also Chinese made) with a short length (465m) and run a 29" front wheel. When a good light suspension fork becomes available I may switch. So I'm building a NinerBee...

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    Nice michael9218, that should be a fun build. I also struggled with the light fork story - the Magura TS8 R is only available in Jan/Feb, and that's also going to be around 1600 grams. I eventually went with the Rockshox Revelation XX 650b. My bike weighs in at 21.3lb (I just weighed it), so it isn't super heavy by any stretch, but a lighter fork will get it down to around 20lb and change (the weight difference between the Revelation XX and the SID is going to be about 500g at most, which is ~1lb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by morphtcat View Post
    The ones I've seen on eBay aren't the same as the Hongfu frame - the geometry and sizing is different (at least those that I've seen).
    The ones on ebay currently are flyxii frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morphtcat View Post
    Nice michael9218, that should be a fun build. I also struggled with the light fork story - the Magura TS8 R is only available in Jan/Feb, and that's also going to be around 1600 grams. I eventually went with the Rockshox Revelation XX 650b. My bike weighs in at 21.3lb (I just weighed it), so it isn't super heavy by any stretch, but a lighter fork will get it down to around 20lb and change (the weight difference between the Revelation XX and the SID is going to be about 500g at most, which is ~1lb).
    Your bike looks sweet. Which seatpost did you go with?

    My Ellsworth Truth is already at 22.5 lbs (B6 1x10), so I wanted the hardtail carbon to be under 19 lbs. I run a 1x10 setup with Rotor cranks, so I figured with the right suspension fork this could be accomplished. With the rigid fork and 29" front wheel the bike will be right at about 18 lbs. I think this bike will be sweet on smooth technical single track. Hopefully the lack of a front suspension will be offset by the joy of an 18 lb bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason.MT View Post
    A 650b carbon frame for your reference: Ares - 27.5er - 27.5er MTB - Frames
    Yeah,
    I 'm thinking of picking up one of these as well- did someresearch and they seem to be a quality product and reasonable light.
    Would be a 1X10 with a 100mm fork all around xc bike.....anybody here have one of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9218 View Post
    Your bike looks sweet. Which seatpost did you go with?
    I originally got a one-bolt carbon post from light-bicycle.com that looked like a bontrager race XXX light. It turns out, at least with the one I got, that a one-bolt post doesn't withstand the jarring of a harsh ride, and the saddle wouldn't stay horizontal, so I replaced it with an FSA K-Force seat post that weighs in at around 200g (the other one is about 140g).

    Right now there's very little I can say that's bad about the frame. It seems rock-solid, the geometry is spot on, and it fills me with confidence going over all sorts of stuff. That said, I'm a beginner mountain biker. Yesterday I managed to ride up a ramp, along a 6ft tree, down another ramp, and then jumped over several logs, rock piles and so on - the combination of frame, tires, wheel and group just seems fantastic to me. I think you'll love the frame.


    Quote Originally Posted by michael9218 View Post
    My Ellsworth Truth is already at 22.5 lbs (B6 1x10), so I wanted the hardtail carbon to be under 19 lbs. I run a 1x10 setup with Rotor cranks, so I figured with the right suspension fork this could be accomplished. With the rigid fork and 29" front wheel the bike will be right at about 18 lbs. I think this bike will be sweet on smooth technical single track. Hopefully the lack of a front suspension will be offset by the joy of an 18 lb bike!
    Oh yeah, I don' think you'll have a problem - 450g carbon fork vs. 1800g suspension fork. Right there you're saving 3lb. The 1x10 setup will make up the rest of the difference I think. That 22.5lb is pretty impressive for a full suspension bike!

    My goal was to have a fairly light XC hardtail without completely going nutty and getting XX. When the SID fork comes out, I may switch my wife to it (her bike is 24lb and she weighs 90lb), but so far the weight of my bike isn't even close to an issue for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morphtcat View Post
    OK, I finally have 10 posts. Here's the bike:



    Edit: hopefully the pic is now smaller.
    Looks great
    I'm tempted to buy one of these to try out now.. Ideally I'd build a singlespeed with a rigid fork for general fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morphtcat View Post
    OK, I finally have 10 posts. Here's the bike:



    Edit: hopefully the pic is now smaller.
    Hey morphcat, great looking bike, any chance you could post some pics of the bike? Keen to see some other angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti fan View Post
    Hey morphcat, great looking bike, any chance you could post some pics of the bike? Keen to see some other angles.
    Sure. Here you go. Hopefully this works correctly. The bike is a little dirty, sorry
















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    9erBee Carbon Hardtail

    I finished up my HongFu-Bikes carbon hardtail build the other day and took it out for a long 3:40 ride at FATS in South Carolina. If you live the Southeast, this place should be on your bucket list. 37 miles of flowy, fast smooth singletrack. The perfect place for a carbon hardtail rigid forked bike...

    First the build:
    HongFu-Bikes carbon hardtail large 650b frame (1285g)
    465mm carbon fork from Xiamen Iplay Sports (705g)
    Rotor SS cranks with Q-Ring
    Speedplay Ti pedals
    Shimano XTR Shadow+ der
    Formula R1 brakes
    Dave's Wheels Chris King/Stans Crest wheelset, 29 front, 650b rear
    Racing Ralph tires
    Selle Italia SLR XC Flow saddle
    Easton EA50 post (bought it to use in the bike stand...waiting on delivery of a light carbon post)

    Bike currently weighs in at 18lbs 1 ounce. With the carbon post, it'll be just under 18 lbs.

    The idea was to build a carbon hardtail 650b XC race bike. I like my 22.5lb B6 1x Ellsworth Truth, but wanted something really light for smoother trails to race on. Since there isn't a currently available light XC racing fork for the 650b until the SID World Cup is available in an 80mm/100mm travel, I decided to go asymmetrical again and try a 29" front with a rigid fork with a shorter A2C to keep the geometry correct for the frame. Hoping that the 29" tire will roll over better and somewhat compensate for the lack of front suspension...plus I've been curious to try a 29" tire as well.

    So how did it ride? This bike couldn't be more different than my Truth. You sit low in the frame with the low BB. The bike is obviously, and expectedly, less plush. The 29" tire does indeed rollover small stuff really well. Big hits cause the bike to bounce. You really have to adjust your riding style and be more active. The 18 lbs feels just amazing under you. The bike is crazy nimble and accelerates and climbs like a bat out of hell. The frame is extremely efficient at power transfer. These trails have a lot of tight singletrack in the trees. This thing is like a scaple. Very precise. On an access fire road, the bike rode very smooth. You can really tell that the frame soaks up the small vibrations well. The real proof in this bike was that after 3:40 of riding on my first time on this bike, I was comfortable with no sore hands or back.

    Build quality on this frame seems quite good. The internal routing caused no issues. The rear derailleur cable routing works well and isn't goofy like the Niner bikes. You simply feed in the cable at the head and it pops out at the rear of the chain stay.

    I give this bike a thumbs up, and also am very pleased with the 650b rear and 29" front. The 1x without a chain guide caused one chain drop in the 37 miles, so I'll be going with a e13 XCX guide. I'm looking forward to trying this bike on a slightly rougher trail to see how it does.
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    michael9218, that looks wicked cool! I like the clean lines on the bars from not having too many cables. I love the red detailing as well, esp. the top cap on the steerer tube.

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    I am new to the forum and have followed a few Chinese carbon builds. How do I go about ordering a frame from hung-fu? I want t buy a 275 full suspension frame. Thanks, Tim

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    There's this really cool website called Google...

    Hungfu-bikes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9218 View Post
    There's this really cool website called Google...

    Hungfu-bikes.com
    Oh that website is COOL! I already sent them an email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splifrover View Post
    Oh that website is COOL! I already sent them an email.
    They'll get back to you. That's what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9218 View Post
    There's this really cool website called Google...

    Hungfu-bikes.com
    Maybe you mean HongFu Sports Equipment CO.,LTD - HongFu Sports Equipment CO.,LTD

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    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    Yep, thanks for catching that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9218 View Post
    Yep, thanks for catching that.
    Hey they have a FS frame now but you have to supply the shock - seems to me that most FS bikes come with a shock that is already set up to work well with that frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    Hey they have a FS frame now but you have to supply the shock - seems to me that most FS bikes come with a shock that is already set up to work well with that frame?
    Not always the case. Rear shocks are spec'ed to the frame with a pricepoint in mind. Just like front forks, except rear shocks don't usually have options to give longer travel. They are limited by the frame design. Some frames are built for shocks with 7"eye-to-eye measurements, some with 5" measurements.

    So in buying a frame without a rear shock, you can really pick what kind of shock you'd want. Coil, air, brand, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    Not always the case. Rear shocks are spec'ed to the frame with a pricepoint in mind. Just like front forks, except rear shocks don't usually have options to give longer travel. They are limited by the frame design. Some frames are built for shocks with 7"eye-to-eye measurements, some with 5" measurements.

    So in buying a frame without a rear shock, you can really pick what kind of shock you'd want. Coil, air, brand, etc.
    Oh OK. I thought I'd read where the shock would be set up special to work with certain frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    Oh OK. I thought I'd read where the shock would be set up special to work with certain frames.
    The only shocks you'd find like that today are the Specialized "brain" shocks. But for the rest of the industry, throwing an RP23 on the frame is usually sufficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    The only shocks you'd find like that today are the Specialized "brain" shocks. But for the rest of the industry, throwing an RP23 on the frame is usually sufficient.
    That's good to know. I ride hardtail or rigid, don't know much about suspension...obviously. My wife wants to get into it, so I'm thinking FS for her as I think she'll have more safety on a full squish. Any thoughts on what kind of shock would be best on that frame?

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    Found this in a build with a carbonality ARES frame...

    chinese 650b

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    Chinese Carbon Frames - 650b edition-frpxdh29mtbdisc-blk_p1xxxxxxxxxxxx.jpg How do you think this frame compares to others mentioned seems light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walkertalker View Post
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    I don't know. As it applies to 650b, I don't feel lucky....

    Did he fire six shots or only five?

    I gots to know

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    Hi,
    Does that hongfu frame fits with the Fox f32 suspension?
    I have emailed them but their answer was not very clear XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    That's good to know. I ride hardtail or rigid, don't know much about suspension...obviously. My wife wants to get into it, so I'm thinking FS for her as I think she'll have more safety on a full squish. Any thoughts on what kind of shock would be best on that frame?
    sufficient, maybe. but certain bikes do require different shock valving that IS usually specced by the bike company. eg an orange 5 single pivot would have a higher internal compression setting than say, a trek fuel with lighter rebound & compression settings.

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    Dfav, the Fox Fseries or Float will accept any Xc size 650b tires, just remember the frame has a tapered head tube (1 1/2"- 1 1/8") so you have to use a tapered fork or a standard fork plus adapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    The only shocks you'd find like that today are the Specialized "brain" shocks. But for the rest of the industry, throwing an RP23 on the frame is usually sufficient.
    That's not true at all. Todays frames come with shocks that are tuned to the suspension of the frame. I'm no expert but I know enough to know the different manufacturers spec their shocks with different tunes taking into account things like leverage ratio etc..
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    Just got a quote on an 18" FS frame for $738 shipped with headset installed, really not a bad price.

    I'm thinking of switching the hardtail components over from my 17" Bokor, I don't think hardtails are for me...
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    carbon 650b hm-156

    Just received the new full suspension 650b frame through Shenzhen Honsen sports! I have been so happy with my converted superlight besides all the broken der.hangers I thought losing some weight would be nice.I weighed it as it came ,bare without shock and it is 3lb13oz . Now im just waiting on a few other parts to arrive so I can get out and test it !
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    N00b post

    Hi, I just joined MTBR because I saw this thread and have just last week ordered a carbon frame from China, so I'm really pleased to see that others are ordering frames from China and having success with the process.

    Big thanks to morphtcat and others for posting pics. And good to hear you had little trouble.

    I've been riding MTB since I bought my first bike in 1997 - a Klein Mantra Race. I still have it and just bought some new DMR dee vees and an Elixir 5 disc for it. It's super old-school but I love it for a hack around the city bike, and I meet so many MTBers because everywhere I park it I get guys coming up going "OMG I remember those!'

    Anyhoo I have to first apologize because I'm not building a 650. Just a standard 26" for now. I've been picking up bits from ebay and Chain Reaction and am a bit of a weight weenie - it's carbon and titanium all the way where possible.

    I had an interesting time picking a frame from China. I registered with Alibaba and because I had already bought rims, forks and cranks, I had to get the frame to match.

    I found about 3-4 frames that were suitable. Out of the several thousand links in Alibaba it turns out that there really are only a handful of frame designs - maybe 20-30 or so that I could see. I had to find one that was 26"/BB30/tapered/31.6mm in my size 18"-19" and the most difficult bit - available immediately. One company couldn't ship me a frame until late March!

    I also wanted 3k weave, and ideally matt. Turns out that "matt paint" costs $50 more, I assume because they have to coat it with something to remove the gloss. So I accepted shiny 3K. I got frame FM038 (sorry can't post a pic and not even a link before 10 posts!! just stick FM038 into the search at alibaba.com if interested) or just over US$400 delivered. What helped was Ms Kathy Jin at the bottom of the page was online and we chatted so I could get all my questions answered.

    Sorry to invade your 650 thread, just wanted to say thanks for the info provided about Chinese frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurbikerider View Post
    Just received the new full suspension 650b frame through Shenzhen Honsen sports! I have been so happy with my converted superlight besides all the broken der.hangers I thought losing some weight would be nice.I weighed it as it came ,bare without shock and it is 3lb13oz . Now im just waiting on a few other parts to arrive so I can get out and test it !
    What did it cost you to your door?
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    Quote Originally Posted by szabaga View Post
    What did it cost you to your door?
    775.00 ,was supposed to be painted though ,I'm waiting for a reply from Leo to see what went wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurbikerider View Post
    775.00 ,was supposed to be painted though ,I'm waiting for a reply from Leo to see what went wrong.
    It was 747.00 without paint and shipped from China to Florida.

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