Carbon Frame Group Buy

tincaman
tincaman Posts: 508
edited September 2013 in Road buying advice
There is a new Group Buy going on over on Velobuild. http://velobuild.com/component/kunena/4 ... u?Itemid=0

The new Hongfu FM066 http://www.hongfu-bikes.com/html_products/2013-new-road-HF-FM066-266.html
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The MOQ is 15 people, need maybe 5 more to make sure.

Have a look at the site to see how it works and peoples past successes.

Comments

  • styxd
    styxd Posts: 3,234
    I saw some pictures of that new frame the other day, must say, it looks like the best chinese cheapo carbon frame by a long way.
  • carbon337
    carbon337 Posts: 414
    ooo interesting...

    Thanks for heads up.
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    Its self interest as well, the quicker we can get people on board the quicker the deal will go through
  • carbon337
    carbon337 Posts: 414
    How many in the group buy are brits? What prices were you quoted? Tax/Custom charges?
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Drive side chainstay looks very wibbly wobbly near the dropout.......
    Faster than a tent.......
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    edited April 2012
    Clearer picture?

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  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    edited April 2012
    carbon337 wrote:
    How many in the group buy are brits? What prices were you quoted? Tax/Custom charges?

    The available size: 48/50/52/54/56/58/60cm
    2 version: super light and normal
    weave: 3K/12K/UD to order
    bottom bracket: BSA or BB30
    groupset : traditional or DI2
    All inner cables

    Normal weight frame is $660 retail, $460 group buy
    Light frame is $780/$580

    Frames are shipped labelled as "Samples" with low value and don't seem to attract charges

    There are Brits registered on the site but dont know how many

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  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    Rolf F wrote:
    Drive side chainstay looks very wibbly wobbly near the dropout.......

    I think that's where the cable comes out
  • EightOhEight
    EightOhEight Posts: 170
    Interested if the group buy is shipped to the UK. i.e. not looking to pay additional shipping from states to get frame. But keep me in the loop regards developments..
    Cheers
    808
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    tincaman wrote:
    Rolf F wrote:
    Drive side chainstay looks very wibbly wobbly near the dropout.......

    I think that's where the cable comes out

    So it is - that second pic that just appeared is a lot clearer!

    That weave is sooooo last year! Don't they know unidirectional is where it's at now? :lol:
    Faster than a tent.......
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    well tbh it's a cheap frame and I don't think you should expect the latest carbon lay up trends in such a frame. Has anyone got one of these? How good are they? No point in a blind buy imo ....
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    Rolf F wrote:
    tincaman wrote:
    Rolf F wrote:
    Drive side chainstay looks very wibbly wobbly near the dropout.......

    I think that's where the cable comes out

    So it is - that second pic that just appeared is a lot clearer!

    That weave is sooooo last year! Don't they know unidirectional is where it's at now? :lol:

    There is a choice of weaves, if you look through the threads you can get Janes email address at Hongfu, she can give you any details you like, prices as well
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    Interested if the group buy is shipped to the UK. i.e. not looking to pay additional shipping from states to get frame. But keep me in the loop regards developments..
    Cheers
    808

    When the group buy has enough members, 15 I think, then Hongfu invoices everyone separately, frames are then shipped out to individuals to their individual specs, paint jobs are available, choice of BB's, weaves. Compatible headsets are available.

    Don't think anyone has this frameset yet so you will have to be an early adopter
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    I have had an email from Jane at Hongfu saying that invoices are being sent out. If you want to join this group buy, now is the time.
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    Invoiced today,
    Frame, forks, headset, seat post,clamp, 2x bottle cages, shipping, PayPal charges, $608 US
  • yaya
    yaya Posts: 411
    Shape of tubes & geometry look a bit like Cervelo R3. Also the front mech bracket with only 2 rivets might be problematic
  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    $608 ain't really cheap, I bought a frame for my son and daughter for approx £330 each shipped with bars, stem, seat post, headset, spacers and seat clamp.
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    This really does look like a cervelo R3, down to the last detail!

    It'd be interesting to see how it compares...
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  • Thanks for the tip Tincaman, as you've probably noticed I joined the groupbuy as well. This shall be my roadbike for combining longish rides with visits to shops, restaurants etc along the route. It should come in well under a grand with a second-hand groupset off Ebay and some Model Bs so I won't be utterly devastated if it's nicked or mauled while I'm buying more stuff I don't need or stuffing my face...
  • tincaman
    tincaman Posts: 508
    NapoleonD wrote:
    This really does look like a cervelo R3, down to the last detail!

    It'd be interesting to see how it compares...

    Well spotted, there are differences, very slight though

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  • It does look an awful lot like the R3, but going over the geometry it is almost identical to the SuperSix Evo (at least in 54cm).
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Nah that's an R5 apart from the internal cabling so could be the Di2 version 2014
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  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    I love the attention to detail on these frames - eg how they completely fail to get the stripe from fork to DT to HT to align. :lol:

    Makes you wonder what other simple things they didn't get right.......
    Faster than a tent.......
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    Wtf? I love crazy thread resurrections! :o
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