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WARNING - 'Very Probable' Fake Ritchey Stems on eBay

skelkellyskelkelly Posts: 80
edited January 2013 in Road general
Hi All

Friend of mine recently bought a Ritchey stem off eBay, I went round to help him fit it and immediately recognised it as very probably a fake. I have had Ritchey WCS kit before and it's head and shoulders above the quality of the one in question.

It's got a dodgy carbon wrap over a poorly made alloy stem. Quality of finish is terrible and graphics are wrong in part.

I advised him to get in touch with the seller and ask for full refund. The seller gave him a full refund no questions asked, he just had to post it back. Kind of makes you think the seller knows it's fake???

The item number is 140911287163, I urge you all to report it to eBay and beware.

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  • trek_dantrek_dan Posts: 1,366
    Seems to be happening more and more. Companies buying low quality carbon replicas from China and selling them as the real deal on Ebay. There was a similar thread a few weeks ago about some 3T Carbon bars.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    They don't even look like any Ritchey WCS kit either - with the best prices on the alloy stems at £40, then you'd think that £20 for a carbon one would be a bit suspicious.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • F#*k it, I bought one. Not from that seller though.

    Mine wasn't advertised as carbon (or I would have twigged) but it was £11, so much cheaper than elsewhere. I thought the wrap looked a bit dodgy. Seems to be fine though to be honest.

    I'll be replacing it though.
  • BozmanBozman Posts: 2,570
    Comes from the same place as the 3T fake gear, have a look on that alibaba express, the Ritchey stems are less than £18 and if you buy in bulk they virtually give them away.
    Having spent a bit of time looking for bits and bobs during my last build, I noticed that there's loads of knockoff 3T, FSA and Ritchey coming out of Northern Ireland, I wouldn't touch eBay for anything like that now.
  • Bozman wrote:
    I noticed that there's loads of knockoff 3T, FSA and Ritchey coming out of Northern Ireland, I wouldn't touch eBay for anything like that now.

    Yeah, seller is in Belfast.
  • g00seg00se Posts: 2,220
    Lots of fake FSA OS99 stems on ebay too.
  • ShutUpLegsShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Always worth checking what is being sold on Aliexpress as they are usually the same goods on ebay. Search for 3T / Colnago of FSA and there are alot of copies there.

    Like this: http://sy.pe/FbP6
  • CrispyappCrispyapp Posts: 344
    I have to say this is very annoying that eBay consistently let these sellers get away with selling fakes. It punishes genuine sellers like myself that recently sold this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290843930500 ... _500wt_922 this is a genuine original alloy carbon wrapped stem.... I was in undated with questions asking me if it was fake etc etc. its annoying as I also have a set of carbon streem bars to sell but due to all the fakes people seem scared to bid.

    I have recently bought the new ritchey superlogic bars stem and post and already I'm seeing copies of these on eBay, I'm pleased to say though the copies actually have white lettering where as mine are all matte blk (stealthy) so be aware of what your buying and do your homework.
    Look 595 ultra - F+F for sale.....
    Cervelo r5
    Kinesis T2 2013 winter bike
    Merida Carbon 1500 flx MTB
  • Blimey, it is a little scary to see just how much "branded" stuff is available from Aliexpress!
  • SproolSprool Posts: 1,022
    ebay should really clamp down on counterfeit stuff like this, but for goodness sake you're not really expecting a legitimate carbon stem for under £20 are you?
  • meesterbondmeesterbond Posts: 1,240
    Is this another 'WARNING - Bears 'Very Probably' deficate in the woods' example.

    If it's cheap enough to make you think, 'wow, that's cheap', then it's probably dodgy.
  • ShutUpLegsShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    viewtopic.php?f=40091&t=12902976

    Unless it comes with a receipt I'd be cautious
  • upperoilcanupperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    Sprool wrote:
    ebay should really clamp down on counterfeit stuff like this, but for goodness sake you're not really expecting a legitimate carbon stem for under £20 are you?

    Exactly.....It's not rocket science.

    If it's on Ebay and it looks too good to be true then it more than likely is.
    Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2.
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