"Could" "can" "depending"
While certainly entertaining in an internet forum, statements employing these words are anything but empirical.
Until there's some qualitative
evidence that the factories about which we're writing are indeed using lesser materials, lesser quality of labor, lesser QC, and lesser attention to detail the hypothesis that the products coming out of Chinese factories is in any way suspect is unproven and not conclusive
. Further, relying on anecdotal evidence is poor practice in trying to establish a legitimate argument.
So while we will of course continue to debate and argue and keep ourselves entertained
perhaps the WW community might like to put our collective heads together and see if we can't actually gather some information about the factories and products so that some definitive statements can be established... Less conjecture, more fact... with supporting evidence.
And finally, I recall a few years ago there was a German magazine that conducted a pretty exhaustive review including testing of many wheelsets and published it... perhaps something like that can come to fruition again...
I would think that the information for which we're looking would be:1.) What kind of materials are used and who makes them?
b.) carbon fiber2.) What kind of training do the employees undergo?
a.) classes, certificates, experience...?3.) What kind of QC does the factory employ
a.) what kind of "sight" control?
b.) what kind of tests?
c.) what equipment is used to test?
d.) to what standards are product tested?
e.) what schedule of tests is employed?
f.) what documentation?4.) What kind of engineering is done?
a.) are products designed in-house?
b.) are engineers on staff?5.) For whom are their products produced?
Anyone if free to add to that list. Once we have a final list I will contact the factory with whom I've been dealing and attempt to clarify some of the questions.