So I got my HongFu 56mm Tubulars back from the builder, I throw the new tires on them to stretch it out. I look them over real good and something catches my eye on the rear wheel DS of the rim. At first I thought it was just some risidual thread lock/lube that was making the rim look flat/shiny.
It seems the cosmetic UD layer in about a 1.5"x2.5" section, and a smaller section close, and the general area for that matter, has lifted up from the structural 3k layer.
Obviously the bonding, maybe the stress of the wheel building has exposed a defect with the lamination adhesion.
Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8cQunXNRSU
Since I'm at 30 days on the purchase, and Chinese New Year is upon us, and no reply so far via email from HongFu....I opened a PP dispute just to have it under my belt so I don't go past 45days and end up SOL.
HongFu immediately declined the refund, yet they haven't returned my emails yet, or responded to the video.
The other wheel is fine, as are my 40mm clinchers from them.
I also put all my weight on the rim at several points with the tire inflated, 165lbs plus bouncing up/down some. Seems like the strength isn't an issue since it is a cosmetic layer, but only a matter of time before it could get worse.
With the CNY...and money spent on $$$ the build/shipping etc...obviously not happy at this point.
I'm thinking of just gluing the wheel up and riding it for awhile until HongFu decides to do something about it, take it from there.
So, guys with UD on their wheels, PSA, check them to ensure the layer isn't coming loose anywhere.
I know, the forums are going to go crazy, the smaller builders are going to start linking and making blogs about this to prove what crap they are and how you should buy their wheels...flame on!!!