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"Replica" kit from China

shiznit76shiznit76 Posts: 640
edited January 2018 in Road general
see loads this clothing on eBay, just out curiosity, has anyone ever bought any of it and what's it like?
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  • kirkeekirkee Posts: 369
    Have had a few team jerseys over last 3 to 4 years. Never had any probs with any of them. They fit great pockets are good and tight enough to hold gear. All team replica tops short sleeve are full length zips aswell so bonus. Bought two Santa Cruz mtb tops recently, they are good for the price. With the road jerseys dont expect them to last more than a couple of summers use before the stitching starts to go.
    Caveat - I buy and ride cheap, however, I reserve the right to advise on expensive kit that I have never actually used and possibly never will
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    The jersey zips can sometimes be a bit weak, but for the price you can't really complain. Likewise, the bibshorts (we bought a pair for for around a tenner) represent bonkers value for money - the lycra is good, the seams are well stitched and the pads are excellent. Kinda makes you wonder why anyone would want to pay 4/5/6 times the amount for what is essentially the same kit.

    Downside - don't hold your breath waiting for it to arrive. The stuff we've bought usually takes around 4+ weeks to arrive.
  • Would agree with previous posters, have bought a few full outfits for circa £15 and can't knock it.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,922
    Sizing can be fun but I tend to buy a bigger size and that has worked for me so far with the jerseys I've bought so far. I've bought retro jerseys mainly, Renault Elf, LA Vie Claire Mondrian style jersey and a Fagor jersey from around the time Malcolm Elliot was doing his thing for them. I do want a Systeme U jersey but the search option doesn't work as the sellers don't include that much detail in the description.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • kingdavkingdav Posts: 417
    I got a few original designs and some retro for commuting from aliexpress. The retro ones were "Z" enfant, "Cinzano" and Bic.

    I've very happy with all of them, but the Cinzano one. Only gripe with that is that the back is plain back, I checked back and there was no picture of the back on the description so my fault I suppose. Look at the pictures carefully!
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Bought it, wear it, no problems at all: just as good fit and Quality as all the other stuff out there.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • shipleyshipley Posts: 549
    I’ve bought various bits from here. Quality is what’s you’d expect for the price (i.e. it’s no Rapha) but it’s great for the price. Always arrives 2 weeks from order and there is a huge variety to choose from.

    http://www.abccycling.com/2018-Pro-Team ... 90000.html
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    I think they're called 'counterfeit' ?
  • cougie wrote:
    I think they're called 'counterfeit' ?

    Fake is the word I’d have used. Buy fake kit cos real is expensive - partly brought about because people keep buying fake stuff from China. Why not just buy a fake bike, wheels, or illegally download music and movies, buy cheap booze from that guy in the pub car park? It’s all destroying an industry somewhere.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Also because the ridiculous cost of real kit - well, all kit now - has been caused by people keeping on buying overpriced clothing.

    £269 for a waterproof jacket as per front page of BR? £200 for a pair of shoes?

    Not everyone wants to/can afford to censored that kind of money on cycling clothing. I do a lot of cycling, have some spare cash but I'm not spending £100 on a pair of bibshorts.

    Manufacturers take the piszz and the guys who have the factories give the people what they want.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    ^ that.
  • Also because the ridiculous cost of real kit - well, all kit now - has been caused by people keeping on buying overpriced clothing.

    £269 for a waterproof jacket as per front page of BR? £200 for a pair of shoes?

    Not everyone wants to/can afford to censored that kind of money on cycling clothing. I do a lot of cycling, have some spare cash but I'm not spending £100 on a pair of bibshorts.

    Manufacturers take the piszz and the guys who have the factories give the people what they want.

    There are cheaper genuine alternatives available. If you’re going to pay the prices damanded of say Rapha or Assos then more fool you. Buy something closer to your budget. To buy fake is a bullshit excuse
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    It's a bit different buying technical rain kit. That is expensive. Buying a Lycra top for three figures does seem expensive to me - but there are plenty of kit makers selling very reasonably. Planet X. Dhb. That's good quality kit and genuine.
  • kingdavkingdav Posts: 417
    edited January 2018
    Not much harm in original designs or decades old retro kit from China. Straight copy of current items less palatable.
    This I would say wasn't on...
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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Agreed.
  • cougie wrote:
    Agreed.

    Seconded
  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,382
    cougie wrote:
    I think they're called 'counterfeit' ?

    To quote the dictionary "counterfeit" is something made .......with the intention to deceive or defraud. Unless they are plain stupid anyone who buys a" chinese Ebay copy of anything" knows what they are buying . If the Ebay copy was not available they would almost definitely buy something else of a similar price. The manufacturer of the genuine article would never have made a sale to the Ebay buyer and loses nothing. There is no deceit and nobody is defrauded.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    lesfirth wrote:
    cougie wrote:
    I think they're called 'counterfeit' ?

    To quote the dictionary "counterfeit" is something made .......with the intention to deceive or defraud. Unless they are plain stupid anyone who buys a" chinese Ebay copy of anything" knows what they are buying . If the Ebay copy was not available they would almost definitely buy something else of a similar price. The manufacturer of the genuine article would never have made a sale to the Ebay buyer and loses nothing. There is no deceit and nobody is defrauded.

    The other thing to say is that 'counterfeit' goods are usually aimed at a similar price bracket as the 'genuine' goods they are trying to replicate, for obvious reasons. The Chinese kit clearly isn't...
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    If you want to wear rapha buy rapha. Don't buy counterfeit rapha.
  • To be honest though how do you know if your £200 branded running shoes are made in a different factory / sweat shop than your £15 replicas?
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    Imposter wrote:
    lesfirth wrote:
    cougie wrote:
    I think they're called 'counterfeit' ?

    To quote the dictionary "counterfeit" is something made .......with the intention to deceive or defraud. Unless they are plain stupid anyone who buys a" chinese Ebay copy of anything" knows what they are buying . If the Ebay copy was not available they would almost definitely buy something else of a similar price. The manufacturer of the genuine article would never have made a sale to the Ebay buyer and loses nothing. There is no deceit and nobody is defrauded.

    The other thing to say is that 'counterfeit' goods are usually aimed at a similar price bracket as the 'genuine' goods they are trying to replicate, for obvious reasons. The Chinese kit clearly isn't...

    What a steaming pile of horse censored . Is that really how you justify it? As I said. I don’t use the word counterfeit, I say FAKE. It’s not a genuine article and by buying it you are defrauding the designer. Make a choice, buy expensive kit, or more affordable kit. Don’t be a shallow fraud who wants to look a certain way but doesn’t want to spend the money to do so. Your as big a sham as the knock off shirts you buy.

    Not much of an over-reaction? :lol:

    I don't have to justify anything. I was merely enlarging on the meaning of 'counterfeit' - look it up and educate yourself. Or not. Meanwhile, I'll carry on buying what I want - I might even buy more of it in the knowledge that it seems to pi55 you off quite a lot... :lol::lol:
  • To be honest though how do you know if your £200 branded running shoes are made in a different factory / sweat shop than your £15 replicas?

    If things like this bother you, don’t buy either. But to think that they are the same but left the factory by the back Door neither brings down the price of the genuine ones or solves the counterfeit issue. If you refuse the spend money on the expensive items they will eventually have to bring costs down. But supply and demand means plenty are prepared to pay the top prices.

    Why is the new ipnone x over a grand? Cos idiots are prepared to pay that. If these things are obscenely expensive then refuse to pay it and look for cheaper alternatives until the companies get the message.
  • impostor
    ɪmˈpɒstə/Submit
    noun
    noun: imposter
    a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain.

    Yep. That’s you alright
  • trivial
    ˈtrɪvɪəl/Submit
    adjective
    adjective: trivial
    1.
    of little value or importance.

    Maybe but it still pissed you off.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    Buy your cheap rip off kit. I’d expect nothing else from you tbh. Cheap phoney kit kind of suits you

    Are you drunk or something? This kind of faux indignance and thinly-veiled insults seems to be very much your M.O. too. I don't buy it for myself, incidentally, but don't let that stop you from acting like a nasty little tw@t.
  • Imposter wrote:
    Buy your cheap rip off kit. I’d expect nothing else from you tbh. Cheap phoney kit kind of suits you

    And this kind of faux indignance and thinly-veiled insults seems to be very much your M.O. too. I don't buy it for myself, incidentally, but don't let that stop you from acting like a nasty little tw@t.

    So I guess you lost that one now you’ve succumbed to using petty insults. Such a small minded person :lol:
  • Since you intend bring childish, I’m afraid my dad died a while ago, so I can’t say if he’s bigger than yours or not.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure he would be very proud if he could see you now...
  • Imposter wrote:
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure he would be very proud of you now...

    Yes. I know he would be. Cos he raised me to be honest. You know, not steal, buy fake stuff, stand for what you believe in.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,017
    Imposter wrote:
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure he would be very proud of you now...

    Yes. I know he would be. Cos he raised me to be honest. You know, not steal, buy fake stuff, stand for what you believe in.

    He sounds like quite a man...
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