Chinese Open Mold Gravel / CX Bikes

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jff
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by jff

TidyDinosaur wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2024 12:10 pm
Terrapin wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2024 9:32 am
Hello everyone,

I am 1.90 m tall and have a inseam of about 93 cm. I ride a Carbonda 696 in 61 and a Sworks Tarmac Sl6 in 61, but I would like to convert my 696 into a commuter bike and build a cyclocross bike as a replacement. So what I want is a high stack (min. 615 mm), short reach, short wheelbase.

Do any of you have a tip on a suitable frameset for me? (Reliable/well-known manufacturers preferred)
You're probably better off asking this question on chinertown.com. There are some real open mold frame specialists there :D
I'm a bit taller, have long legs as well and rode the Lightcarbon LCG071-D last two years. It suited perfect for any type of gravel riding since 50c tires fitted. Now I bought the new carbonda 505sl frame since even the lightcarbon had a bit too much stack (626mm) for me. This frame has 42mm tire clearance and is a tod closer to my road bike geometry.

MrRolandos
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by MrRolandos

jever98 wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:53 pm
I'm 2m with 98cn inseam and am happy on the carbonda 505. It's a bit more races than the 696, could work for cx in a pinch.
Got pics of that setup? I'm similar dimensions and looking to expand into a gravel bike! Building a chinese open old up seems perfect.

Anyone that has a carbonda CFR707 with 400 or 450mm saddle post and can tell me the max saddle height on XL or XXL frame?

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joss
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by joss

What headset would be suitable for a Carbonda 696?
They offer one for $12 but I can imagine this would be crap?!

emotive
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by emotive

joss wrote:What headset would be suitable for a Carbonda 696?
They offer one for $12 but I can imagine this would be crap?!
I have 15000km on the provided headset. My LBS said it was reasonable quality when he built it up n

maurice1
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by maurice1

joss wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2024 11:48 pm
What headset would be suitable for a Carbonda 696?
They offer one for $12 but I can imagine this would be crap?!
Also running the stock one, it's good. The stock axles aren't great however. But i still hate toe overlap on this bike

trickytree1984
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by trickytree1984

Does anyone know where I could get the seatpost wedge for a FM1186 or CFR707 frames. I'm actually after a vitus venon 2023 one but wiggle are gone so need to source one elsewhere. The frame looks the same as those bikes
Thanks

Twowheeler
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by Twowheeler

Frisco wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:45 am
Tantan GR030 acquired

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@Frisco still have your GR030 Frame?

Kubackjeee
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by Kubackjeee

My new build - sp cycle 056
Size L, weight 8.2kg naked, 8.6kg ready to ride

- Wheels from yuanan with mana rotors and tufo thundero 44 HD tires.
- Stem deda vinci - 17 with kocvelo 40cm handlebar with little flare.
- Hoods and brakes sram rival.
- Rd sram gx with garbaruk cage from Ali which makes is as light as xx1 version.
- Cassette sram eagle xx1 10-50 and chain also xx1
- crankset senicx gr2 44t
- Saddle prologo scratch5 agx.

What a nice bike to ride. Very fast, stable and comfortable. Love it.

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Maugerville
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by Maugerville

Kubackjeee wrote:
Wed May 08, 2024 1:30 am
My new build - sp cycle 056
I just built one of these as well. I am just waiting on the wheelset from Elite. It des ride like a dream but I think it is a little too big. I got the large and I feel a little too streatched out for my liking, too bad after taking the time painting it. I went with Force AXS except for the Rival Quarq crank.

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samarskyrider
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by samarskyrider

Hi Everyone!
It's really hard to dig through all available chinese frames on Aliexpress, hopefully someone has already found what I'm looking for.

I've been riding 2018 Specialized CruX and was quite happy with it, except for tire clearance (max 40mm on select tires). Basically, I'm looking for something similar that matches the following:
- 50mm tire clearance
- I don't need bottle mounts all over the place (frame and fork)
- Sub 1kg frame weight (I need something in 58cm range)
- No cables running through headset bearings

I really like the way current gen CruX looks like, but price tag is unbearable...

Fontana
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by Fontana

Hi folks!
This is my open mold frame buildt for Traka 360, finished in tenth position this year ( 7th last year with the same frame but with GRX 1x11 and dedaelementi wheels).
who said that you need an expensive frame to go fast and safe? :wink:
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samarskyrider
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by samarskyrider

Fontana wrote:Hi folks!
This is my open mold frame buildt for Traka 360, finished in tenth position this year ( 7th last year with the same frame but with GRX 1x11 and dedaelementi wheels).
who said that you need an expensive frame to go fast and safe? :wink:
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What kind of frame is that? Can you share the link on geo and specs?


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BLachance75
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by BLachance75

I recently finished building up a Velobuild GF-003

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It’s a mix of 105 di2 from my previous bike with GRX 825 FD and 48/31 crankset. I have a few sets of tires that I’ll switch out until I buy a second set of rims. One set for road and another for gravel.

The color is silver chameleon with pink chameleon on the top tube, inside fork and rear chainstays. Pictures don’t capture the color very well but the below shot is a better representation.

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saba
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by saba

BLachance75 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2024 4:44 pm
mix of 105 di2 from my previous bike with GRX 825 FD and 48/31 crankset
Wait, you can mix front 12-speed GRX with rear 12-speed 105?

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BLachance75
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by BLachance75

saba wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2024 1:20 pm
BLachance75 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2024 4:44 pm
mix of 105 di2 from my previous bike with GRX 825 FD and 48/31 crankset
Wait, you can mix front 12-speed GRX with rear 12-speed 105?
Yeah, they are compatible. As far as I know all of the road 12 speed stuff is compatible. I'm using a 105 di2 rd, 105 shifters, grx 825 di2 fd, Ultegra 11-34 cassette, older Ultegra calipers.

As much as I'd like to upgrade the shifters to either Ultegra or GRX to get the extra button I can't justify the cost. Same goes for the calipers. If I see a smoking deal on a Ultegra shifter/caliper combo on eBay I may pick it up but for now I'm good.

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