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    Chinese Carbon Frames - 650b edition

    There are a few threads related to the various 650b chinese hardtail frames, most of them started by the related suppliers (Hong Fu, Iplay, Cabonal etc).

    Similar to the 29er and Road Forums, it would be a good idea to share all the ordering/assembly /ride feedback in a single thread.

    So has someone alredy ordered or better, received any new toy from the Far East?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    I'm interested in this as well. I'll be wanting to build up a 650b rigid carbon bike from a cheap chinese frame sometime in the future. Having ride reports would be nice.

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    I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on this
    27.5" MTB Frame Full carbon mountain bike 27.5ER (650B) BB30 Frame 17", 19", 21"-in Bicycle Frame from Sports & Entertainment on Aliexpress.com

    I am trying to chat with the seller but the time difference doesn't help so I'll email him to check the finish options and the headset/BB configuration.

    I'd also like to get a confirmed weight; I guess the M will be around 1200g.

    Slightly heavier than the other options (scott, Axevo, Haibike etc) but at a fraction of the price.
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    Why not get a On One 456C instead? Sure looks nicer and the price is pretty close with a company that will stand behind its product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterat Pat View Post
    Why not get a On One 456C instead? Sure looks nicer and the price is pretty close with a company that will stand behind its product.

    On-One Carbon 456 Frame
    The 456C is pretty heavy, as is the Whippet for that matter, so if you're looking for a lightweight frame they aren't it. The weights listed for both of these frames does not include the bolt on swap outs. But I can live with the extra weight for a better overall frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterat Pat View Post
    Why not get a On One 456C instead? Sure looks nicer and the price is pretty close with a company that will stand behind its product.

    On-One Carbon 456 Frame
    The 456C is too slack. I'd rather have the whippet.

    Or, I could check this out. Comes with a fork too!

    27.5" MTB Frame Full carbon mountain bike 27.5ER (650B) BSA Frame and fork 17", 19", 21"-in Bicycle Frame from Sports & Entertainment on Aliexpress.com

    I'm a long way from building up a hardtail, so I've got time to sit it out and see how these frames play out.

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    I considered building a Whippet (beautiful frame) but I will take the risk of ordering overseas for a small weight saving and "racier"geometry. Cheaper too.

    I am currently dealing with a few vendors from Aliexpress and ebay and I have to say that communication is pretty good; in a few days I will place the order for this frame

    http://forums.mtbr.com/650b/newest-c...-a-818331.html

    Curious how claimed weight varies depending on the vendors, the very same frame quoted from 1050 to 1200g.

    Realistically 1200-1250 g will be the real weight of my 17'' frame, 300g less than the Scott Scale 650b(Schurter replica) but also 1700$ cheaper!!

    I am also looking for a slightly used Fox F-series with tapered steerer.
    Already have the new Magura MT6, the new rims (ZTR Crest) will be relaced to AMClassic hubs.

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    I don't see a 17" frame listed from that vendor. They provide geo's for 16, 18 and a 20.

    Make sure to not focus on weight alone unless you are a WW. As you know, there are other benefits of carbon. I was surprised that my 17.5" 29er chinese carbon frame weighed in at around 1300g. The quality of the ride on trails made me forget about the weight. Plus, I was still able to build a 22 lbs bike.

    I am certain that my next build will be a 650b. I just need to decide if I want another carbon bike. I might go alloy.

    Keep us posted on your purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    I considered building a Whippet (beautiful frame) but I will take the risk of ordering overseas for a small weight saving and "racier"geometry. Cheaper too.
    The Whippet is pretty racy as is; it has 10mm shorter chainstays than the frame you linked and the price is the same ($350). It looks like the Chinese frame is a 71 deg HTA with a 485mm a-to-c fork? Looks like the Whippet is a little slacker there (70 deg with a "fully extended 80mm fork", which is probably what, 450mm a-to-c?). The Whippet keeps the same 105mm headtube through all it's sizes though, while it grows on the other frame.

    I do like their chainstay mounted brakes, but I also like On-One's swapouts.

    Anyways, let us know how it goes. I'd be interested in hearing your impressions.

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    Whippet is heavy? No, I had one and it's far from heavy. It was 3lb or less for an 18" IIRC - not the lightest frame out there, but certainly lighter than any Ti or alloy equivalent. Ordering a 3lb frame from a supplier with a domestic sales force (Unrealcycles.com) that has a history (for me even) of solid support, makes far more sense in my mind than ordering an anemic carbon frame from someone that has no support history or domestic representation & no need to support you. Seems like the latter option (super light frame + unknown customer support legacy) is just begging for problems.

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    The Geo of the Whippeti s also very close to the Yelli Screamy which is a great bike. If they had a Whippet in XL I'd build a 650b racer out of one

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    Some of you might look into DengFu also dengfubikes.com Can't link as I don't have enough posts. Mainly a RB guy whose lurking and getting info on possibly getting a 650b

    Quite a people over at that RoadBikeReview forum built up their Road Bikes and several people have done multiple group buys through them over at Velobuild.com It might be worth talking to some of those people about their experience and seeing their RB builds

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    Everybody worrying about .5lb weight in a MTB frame, seems insane to me, the extra half pound of carbon layup might mean years of life and much greater impact resistance which is carbon's weakness. Spend the money on light wheels and tires if you want something that actually effects performance.
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    I have been thinking about buying a chinese carbon frame to build up as a project this winter. so I hope some others do as well so I can follow some others progress as well. I am inerested in finding out what others think of these frames.
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    There's three or four THOUSAND posts about the carbon 29er frames in the 29er Bikes forum. Wheel size and slightly geometry differences aside, the same companies are more or less producing the same frames that have quite a few satisfied customers amongst the 29er crowd - myself included.

    I'll be getting my fiance one of these quite soon. Just need to scoop up a 26er Fox fork. Should build up into a 17-18lb bike pretty easily.

    Anyone want to trade a tapered Fox 100mm fork for a 100mm SID XX non-tapered?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    The Geo of the Whippeti s also very close to the Yelli Screamy which is a great bike. If they had a Whippet in XL I'd build a 650b racer out of one

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    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think this is remotely close to true. The Whippet is a quick-steering 26" wheeled XC race bike. With a longer fork, it becomes more stable, but it doesn't compare to the Yelli Screamy. Perhaps the numbers aren't that different, but a 70* HTA on a 29er is a very different beast than a 70* HTA on a 26" bike. I've owned a Whippet and I have a 29er that is steeper than the Yelli. The 29er is by far more "trail" oriented than the Whippet, and the Yelli even more so than my 29er. Comparing apples to airplanes here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    Everybody worrying about .5lb weight in a MTB frame, seems insane to me, the extra half pound of carbon layup might mean years of life and much greater impact resistance which is carbon's weakness. Spend the money on light wheels and tires if you want something that actually effects performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    There's three or four THOUSAND posts about the carbon 29er frames in the 29er Bikes forum. Wheel size and slightly geometry differences aside, the same companies are more or less producing the same frames that have quite a few satisfied customers amongst the 29er crowd - myself included.

    I'll be getting my fiance one of these quite soon. Just need to scoop up a 26er Fox fork. Should build up into a 17-18lb bike pretty easily.

    Anyone want to trade a tapered Fox 100mm fork for a 100mm SID XX non-tapered?
    Cool, show the pics when it happens.

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    I'm looking at this closely and I'd like some input on my idea. I want a hardtail for longer rides but am a bit strapped for cash so I'm hoping to purchase one of these 650B frames and moving all my old hardtail stuff across except for the fork.
    I'm not a big fan of an xc geo bike so I'd like to get a longer fork (140mm too much??) to slacken it out and would put a short stem and wide bars on it for comfort.
    initially the wheelset would be 26 until I have enough cash for a 650B set.
    Is this madness? Doing some searching it appears teh longer fork shouldn;t concern me to much as I can run more sag if needs be.
    How will a 26 inch wheelset go on a 650B frame?

    Cheers for advice in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crowash View Post
    I'm looking at this closely and I'd like some input on my idea. I want a hardtail for longer rides but am a bit strapped for cash so I'm hoping to purchase one of these 650B frames and moving all my old hardtail stuff across except for the fork.
    I'm not a big fan of an xc geo bike so I'd like to get a longer fork (140mm too much??) to slacken it out and would put a short stem and wide bars on it for comfort.
    initially the wheelset would be 26 until I have enough cash for a 650B set.
    Is this madness? Doing some searching it appears teh longer fork shouldn;t concern me to much as I can run more sag if needs be.
    How will a 26 inch wheelset go on a 650B frame?

    Cheers for advice in advance.
    You talking the On One 456 or what. I believe they work 100-140 forks. As for 26" wheels on 650 specific frame would think you'd be experiencing more pedal strikes then you're used to.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    26 inches wheels on a 650b frame probably won't work that well. I assume, given the thread name, that you are referring to Chinese frames right? I think the Chinese frames are specced for 100mm travel forks.

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    Yeah the Chinese frames are the ones.. something like this: 3k Full Carbon Glossy 27.5ER 650B Mountain MTB Bike Frame Headset - 17" 19" 21" | eBay
    So if I add a longer fork I'll be slackening the HA and raising the BB a little?
    26 wheels would only be a short term solution, the issue will be more around do I get a 26inch fork on the cheap or go straight out for a 650B fork.... can;t beleive how quickly the options have made it to market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entrenador View Post
    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think this is remotely close to true. The Whippet is a quick-steering 26" wheeled XC race bike. With a longer fork, it becomes more stable, but it doesn't compare to the Yelli Screamy. Perhaps the numbers aren't that different, but a 70* HTA on a 29er is a very different beast than a 70* HTA on a 26" bike. I've owned a Whippet and I have a 29er that is steeper than the Yelli. The 29er is by far more "trail" oriented than the Whippet, and the Yelli even more so than my 29er. Comparing apples to airplanes here.

    With an 80 mm fork both bikes have 70* head angle. 73* seat angle, ETT is only 7mm difference, chainstay is 1mm difference. Just sayin...
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    Chinese frame +140=.....

    Quote Originally Posted by crowash View Post
    Yeah the Chinese frames are the ones.. something like this: 3k Full Carbon Glossy 27.5ER 650B Mountain MTB Bike Frame Headset - 17" 19" 21" | eBay
    So if I add a longer fork I'll be slackening the HA and raising the BB a little?
    26 wheels would only be a short term solution, the issue will be more around do I get a 26inch fork on the cheap or go straight out for a 650B fork.... can;t beleive how quickly the options have made it to market.
    Fail! Could be wrong but going 40mm over geo on any frame design, regardless of maker would not be recommended. Possibly catastrophic. Let alone bike would be a little whacky with the combination of long travel fork and 26" wheels.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Yeah fair enough, that's the advice I'm after 120 mm would probably be plenty for me but I can't see 100 doing the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Fail! Could be wrong but going 40mm over geo on any frame design, regardless of maker would not be recommended. Possibly catastrophic. Let alone bike would be a little whacky with the combination of long travel fork and 26" wheels.
    JMac is right, it sounds like it would be hugely risky and you could end up with a weird handling critter.

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    Has anyone actually build one of these Chinese frames? They keep popping up on my E-Bay Searches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crowash View Post
    I'm looking at this closely and I'd like some input on my idea. I want a hardtail for longer rides but am a bit strapped for cash so I'm hoping to purchase one of these 650B frames and moving all my old hardtail stuff across except for the fork.
    I'm not a big fan of an xc geo bike so I'd like to get a longer fork (140mm too much??) to slacken it out and would put a short stem and wide bars on it for comfort.
    initially the wheelset would be 26 until I have enough cash for a 650B set.
    Is this madness? Doing some searching it appears teh longer fork shouldn;t concern me to much as I can run more sag if needs be.
    How will a 26 inch wheelset go on a 650B frame?

    Cheers for advice in advance.
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    You talking the On One 456 or what. I believe they work 100-140 forks. As for 26" wheels on 650 specific frame would think you'd be experiencing more pedal strikes then you're used to.
    I am going to second this. What you have described is exactly what the On-One 456 is and they don't cost much more than the topic of this original thread. It is a 26" frame that will work with 100 to 140mm travel forks. It is also 650 compatible so when the time comes get your 650b wheels. Find a 26" fork now that is 650b compatible, white bros, x-fusion etc and you're good to go without spending money on short term solutions.

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    Yeah a carbon On One looks great but will come in at double the price of the chinese frame here in Australia. That's OK though I'm pretty happy to build up something slowly.
    Its kind of funny that putting 26 wheels on a 650 frame would create havoc but 650 wheels on a 26 inch frame is an improvement.

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    do as I did and wait for a sale. I got the frame, a set of FSA 26" wheels, headset and some spares for about $740 Australian. Sold the wheelset which brought it down under $500

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    there is an FS carbon frame for 650b wheels by HONSEN SPORTS (search frame HM156)
    Looks like the chinese 29er FS , It has 108mm rear travel , works with 120mm fork

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    Hey people,
    This is my first post here.

    I just ordered a 12k 16" Glossy 650b with a BB30 to build a SS for my wife.
    I had an excellent experience dealing with Hong-Fu. Ask for Jane Jiam.
    She answered my questions, corrected language issues and gave some
    confidence that I will recieve the frame as ordered.
    Risky, yes! The price was $520 shipped to my door. Tapered Headset included.
    I just converted my Carbon Sette Phantom into a 650B. So far, everything fits well.

    2009 19" carbon Sette Phantom
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    Edge Composites for Seatpost, Handlebars and Stem.
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    I'll answer question and post progress soon
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    Welcome aboard. Post pics! How tall is your wife? I've been thinking of getting one of these for my wife, who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

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    Hey Talabardio,
    Yes, I will post pics of my Sette soon.
    The 16" frame from Hong-Fu is on order and won't be here for at least a few weeks.
    If you interested, I have a beautiful 15" Norco Aluminum frame that fits the 650 wheels perfectly. The bike was built as a 26er SS, 21 lb, bike but did not sell.
    I rigged it for 27.5 with a Manitou R7 Pro fork and it looks amazing.
    The pics shows it when it was a 26er. The frame is for sale for $175 + shipping.
    Talk with you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post
    I have been thinking about buying a chinese carbon frame to build up as a project this winter. so I hope some others do as well so I can follow some others progress as well. I am inerested in finding out what others think of these frames.
    A 650b carbon frame for your reference: Ares - 27.5er - 27.5er MTB - Frames

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    Just pulled the trigger and ordered the frame.
    Before placing the order I evaluated possible options like the new Focus Raven 650b (plenty of hardtail choices here in europe), but the cheapest "brand name" frameset was at least 3 times the price.
    I was dumb enough to forget to specify frame size and BB option on the Paypal comments, sent them a separate mail and the next day the frame was shipped with the right specifications.
    So far so good!
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    Hey Ausable,
    What frame did you order and from who?
    Are going SS or gears?
    Attached are pictures of my new build. I only rode it once
    and I need to tune it up.

    Thanks
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    FYI, the whippet and 456 are no longer $350. They are now $599.

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    We should try to consolidate this info in a nice organized thread. I just want to contribute that I bought a hong fu frame

    2012 Full carbon mountain bike MTB 26ER frame 21" Fork-in Bicycle Frame from Sports & Entertainment on Aliexpress.com'


    and although the fork seemed to be a 29er fork, No way shape or how does a 27.5 rim fit back there. I was hoping this would be similar to the on one whippet.


    All I want is a nice 27.5 frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowOnO2 View Post
    FYI, the whippet and 456 are no longer $350. They are now $599.
    Yeah, this is a shame. It's not the price that is bad, but their shipping is over the top. On-One usa doesn't have the same good deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sifu View Post
    We should try to consolidate this info in a nice organized thread. I just want to contribute that I bought a hong fu frame

    2012 Full carbon mountain bike MTB 26ER frame 21" Fork-in Bicycle Frame from Sports & Entertainment on Aliexpress.com'


    and although the fork seemed to be a 29er fork, No way shape or how does a 27.5 rim fit back there. I was hoping this would be similar to the on one whippet.


    All I want is a nice 27.5 frame.
    You bought a 26er frame from the looks of it. I believe that Hong Fu makes a 27.5 specific frame.

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    I did. It was cheaper than listed now, and hoped it would convert, like on one whippet/456.

    Quote Originally Posted by talabardio View Post
    You bought a 26er frame from the looks of it. I believe that Hong Fu makes a 27.5 specific frame.

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    Sifu did you originally want a 26er or did you order the wrong item?
    Hong fu does indeed make a 27.5 specific frame and fork which are almost identical to yours, but dedicated to the bigger wheels
    I bought one, see my previous posts or search ebay/aliexpress for "27.5 carbon frame"
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    As usual a sniff of anything new and these guys are all over it in a jiffy
    Just hope the geo in the right frame(pun meant) for the first buyers

    hongfu-bikes.com/html_products/2013-650B-Full--Suspension-283.html]2013 650B Full Suspension[/url]

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    I agree, they have been quicker to sniff the new trend than many other builders in the US.
    Hopefully there is nothing impressively difficult in copying an HT geometry - and also the manufacturing process should be well honed.
    Finger crossed!
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    Happy to confirm that the frame has been delivered last week, slightly more that 2 weeks after I placed the order. This sets a new record for shipping from China to Europe, even shorter than 100g envelopes from Dealextreme!
    Sorry for the lack of time for pictures, I can say that the item is perfectly as described in the many pictures from the vendors. If anyone needs any specific detail I’ll try to post.
    This is the preliminary list of pros and cons
    LIKE
    >The frame came properly packed, with all the delicate bits protected by foam, plugs or spacers. Could use a sturdier box, which came slightly “bumped” but no damage.
    >Beautiful finish, 3k weave plus clear coat. I thought to remove paint and go for the matte look but there’s too much work involved, forget about it.
    >Actual weight: 1130g on my digital scale ; exactly within the claimed tolerances. This is a great weight for the money.
    >Clean (internal) cable routing ;
    >Included headset is decent quality (well there’s little more than the bearings…) Compression plug for carbon forks is a nice touch
    >Dropout spacing spot – on ; BB threads OK; Headset housing seems to have the right tolerance,but bearings not . fitted yet.

    DON’T LIKE
    >Internal routing for rear brake - too much fuss (and bleeding required) for limited advantage
    >Chainstays are a bit on the chunky side, I expect a relatively harsh ride, we'll see.
    >No chainsuck protection plate embedded in the chainstays

    The quick delivery took me by surprise, I just ordered the fork but still have to order the rims and relace the wheels;
    I will update if I find anything relevant during the build.
    Cheers
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    Just joined so that I can post about my new-to-me Hongfu FM-136. My background: I grew up riding bikes and then took a 20 year hiatus from it. I got back into it by doing triathlons and road racing since 2007 and then started doing cyclocross a few years ago. Discovered that I preferred that to road racing and noodled on the idea of getting an MTB for a long time. Because I research everything to death, I decided to wait until I could get a 650B bike built.

    After looking around a lot and reading a lot of the discussion here on the Hongfu FM-136, I opted to take the plunge and get one. I've attached a picture of my bike that I just completed on Saturday.

    The build is:

    Hongfu FM-136 650B frame in size 18 (I'm 5'10 with a 31.5" inseam), 1050grams as weighed by my not-so-precise scale
    90mm 6 degree rise stem
    Rockshox Revelation XX 650B fork - they have 100mm travel, and the frame was designed for 100mm travel
    light-bicycle.com 25mm rim 650B tubeless ready wheels with 15QR, 32 spoke count, novatec hubs, weighed in at 1525 grams
    SRAM XO 2x10 42/28 175mm crank with 11-36 cassette, type 2 rear derailleur
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron 650B 2.25" tires, tubeless
    Selle San Marco Aspide Arrowhead saddle

    The build took me about a week to complete, which was more a function of me taking my time because I'm unfamiliar with building MTBs (I've built about 6 bikes, all of them road bikes and those typically take me about 1-2 days). I had to learn about

    The only things I had an issue with were (1) one of the holes on the stem wasn't threaded, so I had to thread that with a tap. Similarly, one of the holes for the rear disc brake mount wasn't threaded, so I had to thread that. Given the small spaces there, that was a PITA, but not insurmountable.

    Threading the rear brake cable through the frame was trivial. Bleeding the brake was equally trivial and took me < 30 minutes. Given that it was the 1st time I'd ever bled a hydraulic brake, I think that the next time would be faster.

    I'm not sure that I'm the right person to comment on ride harshness given that my only reference point is riding a cyclocross bike on MTB trails (insanely jarring, btw). While the FM-136 is much, much smoother than the CX bike, bumps aren't eliminated - you still feel them. I'm still tuning my suspension and tire pressure, so that's probably still a huge factor. That said, the bike is super controllable and predictable. The geometry is perfect for me and for my intent (XC racing). It rails around corners like there's no tomorrow - I can go around tight twisty singletrack much, much faster than on my CX bike, and that's not because of the suspension.

    Anyways, I'm incredibly impressed with the build quality of the frame and the responsiveness of the thing. Right now I can't find anything about it that I don't like other than the fact that a single-bolt seat post is probably not the best choice for a MTB - it doesn't stay horizontal.

    With that said, here's the pic:

    [Umm, apparently you can't post the link when you have < 10 posts. Super]

    OK, maybe a gallery pic will work?

    Nope, apparently not. Gngngngn.
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    Oh geez, apparently I can't even reply to PM that someone sent me asking if I wanted them to post the URL pic for me. I guess I'll just have to make some more posts. Wow.

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    OK, I finally have 10 posts. Here's the bike:



    Edit: hopefully the pic is now smaller.
    Last edited by morphtcat; 12-18-2012 at 12:06 PM.

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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
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    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.
    Planet X Dirty Harry 29er MTB Disc Frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkertalker View Post
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    Planet X Dirty Harry 29er MTB Disc Frame
    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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    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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