Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:01
doesn't everyone badge cheap carbon
Planet X are very good at sourcing cheap carbon from China and badging it up... but it's still cheap carbon.
so where to source not cheap carbon ?
But my point isn't about the price per m2 of fibre or even per litre of resin. It's about who takes ownership of the design (and verification thereof) of a frame. This relates to claims of aerodynamics yes, but more fundamentally to the CFD and stress analysis of the composite shape, the inputs to carbon fibre layup (because carbon fibre is inhomogenous as a structure).
From a manufacture perspective, how is quality controlled? What controls are in place to ensure the rigorous design is enacted on the shop floor?
Planet X's "new TT prototype", in this article "Completely unridden since its arrival from Italy some weeks before"...
Funny... looks mighty like this open mold model from Hong Fu....
This is the same reason their Stealth was "ridden by Cadel Evans at the Tour de France"..... because Ridley who sponsored the team didn't HAVE a TT, so badged up an open mould
I have made this point before, and I won't labour it much further. But so many "new" bike companies aren't actually adding any value to the process. They're painting off-the-shelf frames, the provenance of which you cannot always see. So much so when I pointed this out on twitter, I had abusive messages from the owner of Azione Bikes (David Anderson). Probably because the Falce TT (http://www.azione.cc/collection/falce-triathlon-tt/) will look a little familiar if you've clicked the other links in my post....
For me, they're an unhappy medium between buying a frame from the company that designs and controls the process, and rolling the dice with an ebay frame from the same level of supplier as PX, Azione, Stevens (http://www.stevensbikes.de/2015/index.php?bik_id=236&cou=DE&lang=en_US) etc etc
I'm not saying any of the above are inherently bad bikes. They're just nice paint jobs.