Introduction Winspace is a company based in Xiamen China, they are one of the most well known companies outside of their home market and have a reputation that has grown from a small Chinese focused company to one that is gaining worldwide market share quite rapidly. Winspace is an OEM, they are well known for…
This Bowman Bicycles Palace frame was sent in by a viewer who had a failed chanset, Further investigations showed a frame that was in a dangerous condition, showing numerous welding and machining defects. Some of those could have been catastrophic
The Elves Vanyar is a one piece moulded carbon fiber frame produced by the Taiwanese/Chinese company Elves. The frame was sent in by a viewer and thus the purchase was anonymous. Overall the frame was nothing more than average albeit no worse than the likes of the named brands Cannondale/Canyon etc
Paul Green of Paul Green Vlogs got in touch about some problems he’d been having on his Trek Checkpoint bike. He had gone through bottom brackets at quite an alarming rate. Almost four bottom brackets from different manufacturers had become unserviceable in a relatively short time. The failed bottom brackets consisted of a few Shimano OE units and most recently a Thread Together type BB from Wheels Manufacturing. The bottom bracket type was BB86 and the frame was made of aluminum.
A cyclist sent in this Madison Genesis Le Croix titanium bike frame in for a bottom bracket fix. This bike had been through bottom brackets at an alarming rate and the non drive side was visibly damaged. Some further checks were carried out and some issues around stress relief were highlighted. Eventually fixed.
Introduction ICAN is a company based in Shenzhen, China that has been building carbon fibre sporting goods for many years. They originally started off as an OEM and have recently started to sell items under their own name. These products have predominantly been wheels and of late bike frames. The bike frame that was sent…
The FUJI Bikes Transonic ONE.1 came in for an engineering roast. This wasn’t the worst that has ever come into Hambini HQ.
The Giant TCR was long thought to be one of the best made bikes out in the market. This frame was a joke and highlights the poor manufacturing the average customer would not be able to see.
In the interests of engineering and working out whether the mainstream brands were using the same factories as the OE brands. A few bike frames were chopped up and analyzed. Unsurprisingly the OE brand wasn’t that much different tot the premium brand.
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