You may have seen some of these inexpensive carbon fiber bike parts on ebay and wondered
if they’re worth the money. I’ve got just a small sample of carbon parts
to show you. Ones that I have a little bit of expierence
with. You probably started looking at them because
they’re lighter than your current parts and it’s easy to save weight in some of these
areas. This is a Merek 27.2 by 350 seatpost.
This is a Hylix 27.2 by 400. This is a Karbona carbon saddle, carbon rails,
entirely carbon. And this is kind of a no-name carbon saddle.
The Merek and the Karbona I have alot of expierence with but the Hylix and this no-name I just
got recently. So, kind of untested.
We’ll take a look at some weights her just real fast.
This no-name saddle, it’s 94, 95 grams. The Karbona is 118.
The Hylix is 179. And the Merek is 166.
Anyway, the point of this is that some of these saddles that come with the bikes and
the seat posts are alot heavier. If you’ve ever had a bike with a WTB Speed
V saddle, those are about 328 grams so by switching to this saddle, you would save over
a half pound. Even a quality saddle like a Specialized Body
Geometry alot of those are in the 250 to 275 gram range so these saddles would save you
about a third pound which is quite a bit. Another thing that I do want to mention is
that these parts are close to the claimed weights.
The parts that I bought here… They’ve been within usually about 5 grams
plus or minus of the claimed weights on ebay so that’s kind of a pleasant surprise.
The cost: These saddles are usually $50 to $100 and
the same with the seatposts. It’s fairly easy to find them close to $50.
I’ve put quite a few miles on this saddle and this post and they’ve been pretty good.
One of the downsides to these parts is that when you order them, they come from overseas
obviously so shipping time usually takes a while.
This saddle that I just got took 25 days. The seatpost took about 23 days so you’ve
got to be a little bit patient. The other big down side is unknown quality.
My expierence so far has been possitive but you just really don’t know.
They are made by all sorts of different manufacturers that you really don’t know much about.
Merek has some pretty interesting videos on their ebay listings where there really testing
the strength of these seatposts and again, my expierence has been real positive.
No breaks or anythign with any of these parts. The only reason I’m changing saddles is this
one I found a little bit uncomfortable. Just this particular shape.
This saddle is quite a bit wider so hopefully it’s more comfortable.
I will put the details of where I bought these parts in the About section so you can know
where to get them if you need help. One the I do want to mention is this is a
brand new post, again. I just got it yesterday and it’s not going
to work for these carbon saddles. These types of heads with the round mechanism,
they are made to mount saddles with round rails.
Here’s that Specialized BG saddle and you can tell that these rails are round and the
carbon saddle’s rails are oval. So they’re taller this way so they do not
fit in these round heads so make sure you know that when you’re buying these posts.
The Merek has a different clamp style and it will allow for the oval saddle rails.
So get this style if you’re going to use a carbon railed saddle.
I’m going to start using this new saddle and if I have any failures with any of these parts
I will deffinately post them in the about section.
I’m really interested in your expierences if you’ve tried these carbon parts from over
seas, post some comments and let me know what your expierences are.
I’m a big fan of buying stuff in the US, US manufactured but we have to be honest with
ourselves that most bike parts are made over seas, especially carbon parts.
Even by the big manufacturers. But I’m thinking about starting to test some
of these other carbon parts possibly. If you have any requests or any thoughts on
parts that I should test, please post those in the comments.
These manufacturers are making all sorts of carbon parts.
Obviously saddles, seatposts…. I think they’re making carbon rims now, carbon
frames, and handlbars, all sorts of different parts that are worth looking into.
So I guess the bottom line, in my oppinion is that these carbon fiber parts from overseas
off of ebay are worth it. I think they are worth it.
I haven’t had any problems with them and they are inexpensive and a great way to save some
weight off the bike. So as of right now, I recommend that you try