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    DIY Carbon Bikes - Carbon Wheels

    Has anyone purchased Carbon Wheels from DIY Carbon Bikes. I've seen them on all over Pinkbike. Based on his information it looks like he is a middle man between the overseas carbon manufacturers. Pricing looks really good, but I'm wondering about the quality of the wheels. Let me know if anyone has any feedback, thanks.
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    I havent used him yet but am very tempted to.. prices are Excellent. I exchanged a bunch of messages with him regarding details and options on wheel builds and he was prompt and very knowledgeable. So, from my limited knowledge id say the opposite, he seems Legit.

    main reason i haven't pulled the trigger is yet is havent made up my mind on which rim to go with..

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    I messaged him a few weeks ago about a set for my Bronson. His prices were good and he seemed to know his stuff. Still think Carbonfan or Light Bicycle seem to be the way to go. EIECarbon also has great prices but not a great crash replacement policy. For $150 hoop, who really cares though. They priced me a set of DT240 35mm asymmetrical, with DT comp spokes, sapim nipples, 32 hole like $915 shipped to my door

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    any of you guys pull the trigger on these wheels and have a review? I too have been contemplating them. I exchanged messages with him on pinkbike; he was prompt and knowledgeable. I have a set of eie carbon rims on dt 350s that have been holding up very well. These are a good amount cheaper though.

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    I have a set of 29er carbon wheels/DT Swiss hubs coming and will review.

    Pros for me - he's in the US, PayPal protection and communication is very good. I had questions about rim width and spokes and got answers before purchasing. He seemed very helpful even though I mentioned I was just shopping around.

    Having someone in the states who gets back to you fast is a big plus. Think that all the rims and spokes are coming from the same place so it comes down to price and customer service for me. There is a warranty and PayPal protection so I'll see how it goes.

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    Any updates on this guy? I'm thinking about ordering a set of carbon cranks from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Gigi View Post
    Any updates on this guy? I'm thinking about ordering a set of carbon cranks from him.
    I'm usually pretty good about researching my purchases but did go out on a limb and take a chance on this guy over the weekend, stupid ebay 15% off coupon. I'll do a review once i receive the wheels, granted I'm far from an expert. He wasn't familiar with the Cannondale Ai offset for rear wheels but was also totally upfront about that when I asked about it so honest but probably not a super experienced wheel builder. Definitely great communication prior to the order, but lets be honest post order replies are what really count. If i don't reply to this thread in a couple week PM me to remind me.

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    I almost pulled the trigger with the 15% off eBay coupon, but I ended up getting busy and not getting my order in. I am super curious to hear some opinions from those of you who took the plunge.

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    reply when asking what size spoke wrench I would need to work on these wheels...

    "Sorry I was trying to confirm this with the manufacturer, we do use standard spokes, but they do vary just based on stock. A standard spoke wrench would work, but you can't go wrong with the ones that have a few sizes on them just in case. Let me know if you have any other questions"

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    I saw this thread and thought I should join and comment, I have been using DIY Carbon Bikes for years... I'm all about the American customer service and the prices he get are better than anything else factory direct... I started out 6 years ago buying a 29er frame and wheels. Sold the frame to upgrade, but I'm actually still using the wheels with DT350 hubs. They must have been built well because I have been on them for 5 years. I have an ultra light set I use for XC and a 27.5 plus set I use on my play bike, all great wheels. Some of the frames I have liked better than others... Didn't love the full suspension frame I got, but I'm interested and trying his more recent ones. I follow their Instagram and you might want to check that out... instagram.com/diycarbonbikes... It seems like everyday something is posted about a customer with new wheels and reviews from all over the world, and the usernames are always attached to real people buying the products.

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    So, days later I was having second thoughts, sent him a message wanting to cancel...

    "The build was in the process of being built, but we still canceled and will just hold those wheels for another order. We ultimately want our customers to be happy and pumped about the order they placed!!"

    I feel bad not having the chance to review the wheels but wish him the best of luck. He clearly wants to make customer satisfaction a priority.

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    Where can we get the bay coupon?
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    It was a 1 day deal on May 4.

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    I just ordered a set via Ty's Pinkbike ad. Less expensive than eBay. Still have purchase protection from PayPay and credit card.
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    cool, let us know how it goes!

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    Interested...
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    Same!

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    Any updates? My Stumpy needs to lose some weight and I am about to pull the trigger on some wheels.

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    so no one really has received the wheels from him yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavo View Post
    so no one really has received the wheels from him yet?
    I found 1 guy on Instagram who claims he did but that's not enough for me to not only purchase these but trust I wouldn't die riding them.

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    I am really tempted to pull trigger. Under $550 with pretty decent hubs.

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    There is way more than one guy on Instagram, there is at least 30 reviews tagged to real dudes by username... one guy @tiroltailhead posted tons of videos beating the hell out of the wheels tagging @diycarbonbikes and then he posted another video of them basically being perfectly true, he said that was after shredding them on DH tracks and everything... some other Trail building dude on Instagram is riding them DH in Austra, not to mention all the others. I have a DIY Carbon Bikes Ultralight rim wheelset I take to Pisgah in confidence, no telling what the AM or DH wheels could handle...

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    I just got a wheelset from DIY. I ordered an i30 trail set with bladed sapim spokes, blue brass nipples, no stickers, and dtswiss hubs. What I got was i28 with black nipples, bladed spokes, blue stickers, and dtswiss hubs. I was told the i28's are the am/dh hoop, and they ran out of blue nipples. Extra durability never killed anyone so I just removed the stickers and will use them. I definitely should have been contacted when they couldn't make the wheels as I requested, so I'm a bit dissapointed. I'll update when I've had some time on them.

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    i was about to pull a trigger. i better make sure with him about substitutions.
    where do you see these i28 / i30 designations? i just see rim widths.

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    I am on my second wheelset from DCB. First set was on my a XC Hardtail. I ordered and received 30mm with 25mm id with red decals and red DCB decals. As described and looked sweet!! They ride like dream, super stiff and responsive, the light weight is like adding an extra gear. I wanted higher engagement for my trail bike so ordered another set with 30 internal Hope Pro 4 Hubs... with the silver nipples and stainless steel look of the Hope Hubs they are HOT. Beat them up in Arizona so glad I upgraded to the AM rims, they seem indestructible

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavo View Post
    i was about to pull a trigger. i better make sure with him about substitutions.
    where do you see these i28 / i30 designations? i just see rim widths.
    He says the internal width is 5mm narrower than the outer width. So i30 for 35mm wheel, i35 for 40mm, etc. Which is why I was surprised when I put a caliper to mine and got 28mm internal width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    He says the internal width is 5mm narrower than the outer width. So i30 for 35mm wheel, i35 for 40mm, etc. Which is why I was surprised when I put a caliper to mine and got 28mm internal width.
    Ok gotcha

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    i am pulling the trigger before the tariffs hit. not sure if thats going to affect his prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZandME View Post
    I am on my second wheelset from DCB. First set was on my a XC Hardtail. I ordered and received 30mm with 25mm id with red decals and red DCB decals. As described and looked sweet!! They ride like dream, super stiff and responsive, the light weight is like adding an extra gear. I wanted higher engagement for my trail bike so ordered another set with 30 internal Hope Pro 4 Hubs... with the silver nipples and stainless steel look of the Hope Hubs they are HOT. Beat them up in Arizona so glad I upgraded to the AM rims, they seem indestructible
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    PB link for real world reviews
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    I contacted him over at PB and received a reply in a day, but I decided to just stick with my LB wheelset that shipped yesterday for now. I'll consider getting a set of these as beater rims in the future, but my biking budget has been overflow bleeding over the last year. I can wait till spring for some beater rims now that fall is setting in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    I just got a wheelset from DIY. I ordered an i30 trail set with bladed sapim spokes, blue brass nipples, no stickers, and dtswiss hubs. What I got was i28 with black nipples, bladed spokes, blue stickers, and dtswiss hubs. I was told the i28's are the am/dh hoop, and they ran out of blue nipples. Extra durability never killed anyone so I just removed the stickers and will use them. I definitely should have been contacted when they couldn't make the wheels as I requested, so I'm a bit dissapointed. I'll update when I've had some time on them.
    any updates?

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    Got a pair of DT 350 boost spaced 27.5, 30mm wide wheels. Don't believe his weights, says 1450 g +/- 30g, my set weighed 1580. They seem alright for quality for the price. I won't be buying another set, it was an experiment at best and the risk i took. I'll spend a little more next time with proven and honest builders.

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    Contacted the guy over at PB and it looks like he had order issues, wrong front wheel (non-boost vs boost) wheel was sent. Was apparently quickly resolved by sending the right wheel parts and refund for wheel building...but seems more issues with factory getting the order right.

    As for quality, the guy was happy and is looking to get another set. He did say dealing with Ty was easy during the whole process.

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    So I've had about 4 hours of riding on them now. Other than being slightly narrower than I wanted, the wheels are great. Significantly stiffer and more precise (almost to a fault) than the aluminum wheels they replaced. Keeping a line in very fast, rutted, bermed corners takes more finesse but I'm starting to get used to it. I changed tires at the same time so it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison. They feel sooo smooth though and are nearly silent with the dt350 hubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    Got a pair of DT 350 boost spaced 27.5, 30mm wide wheels. Don't believe his weights, says 1450 g +/- 30g, my set weighed 1580. They seem alright for quality for the price. I won't be buying another set, it was an experiment at best and the risk i took. I'll spend a little more next time with proven and honest builders.
    I referred a friend and he bought the DIY Carbon Bikes DT350 27.5er XC wheels and we weighed them at 1440g, 20g under estimate. They have 1450g listed on PInkbike as the straight pull centerlock 28h DT350, and they said j-bend 6-bolt 32h are heavier and spokes are heavier with them and estimated at 1570g. So sounds like you might not have went with the lightest option straight pull centerlock 28h to match the estimated weight. Word is there is a order form coming out soon where all those details can be specified in the order and weights will be shown, sounds interesting...

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    in the end i actually decided to go with EIE carbon wheel set. for the same price i got the same rims but laced to Bitex hubs instead of Novates. DIY wanted extra $100 for Bitex. i also went with DT swiss comp spokes rather than fairly heavy Pillar aeros.

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    my dyi carbon experience

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    My experience

    about me: riding since 95. race sport class in 40 and up cat
    live in NC
    riding type: very rooty, lots of ruts. well cared for but not groomed NC loose over hard packed.
    Bike Salsa spearfish 3 (aluminum)

    the wheels:
    30 id/35 ed
    28 spoke st pull on DT swiss. 350
    boost front
    15x142 rear

    The buying experience
    contacted Ty via pinkbike requesting the above specs.
    he e-mailed me back, confirmed he could do it. quoted me the price for the wheel set as well as if I wanted a cheaper option.
    from time to pulling trigger to at the door about 3 weeks. Suspect would have been faster if had not been built to spec.

    the set up: easy

    the ride:
    3 rides in now. First ride was great till it ended after my maxxis was murdered by a stealth ninja rock. My wheel was fine. My friends carbon wiskey rim cracked and we ended up walking home.
    ride 2. local trail. The climbing speed, steering precision and tracking was not in my head. Climbed like a burnt monkey!
    ride 3
    wet conditions. held up well. great traction still the climbing WAY better than my arch's built up on I9s.

    take home so far: 100% happy with my purchase
    highly recommend!
    going to brevard next week. Gonna beat them up real good. Will post again some follow up thoughts and pics.

    sorry for the upside down pics. if someone can tell me how to edit that i will.

    enjoy!
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    So I guess you didn't die?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncmtbcoach View Post
    I referred a friend and he bought the DIY Carbon Bikes DT350 27.5er XC wheels and we weighed them at 1440g, 20g under estimate. They have 1450g listed on PInkbike as the straight pull centerlock 28h DT350, and they said j-bend 6-bolt 32h are heavier and spokes are heavier with them and estimated at 1570g. So sounds like you might not have went with the lightest option straight pull centerlock 28h to match the estimated weight. Word is there is a order form coming out soon where all those details can be specified in the order and weights will be shown, sounds interesting...
    thats really not the point, i bought a set from his ebay ad and the claimed weight was 1450 g for the set advertised and purchased. It's not what i got. the only good about the whole deal was the price.

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    Haha nope...
    Love them.
    Iíve also got a pair of NOX built on i9s as 27.5 on my Mach 4.
    I love the bling of the i9 especially when built w the straight pull spokes and oh the sound!
    Comparing the two I would be hard pressed to choose one over the other ride wise (Iíve got the 56 star ratchet upgrade) so the engagement is 5 degree vs 3 degree. And I still am blown away by the change from the MK3 to the carbon hoops and how it changed the ride of my bike.
    As of now Iíd have a hard time shelling out $1000 more to get a better known brand..
    If all stays the same My next set of wheels will be from TY as well. Now trying to decide if I wanna pull the trigger for my hardtail

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