QUOTE:One of the goals at Boyd Cycling is to get people the highest quality products at the best prices. Boyd has been racing for many years and thinks everybody should have access to the top of the line equipment. When you see a $2700 set of wheels you have to wonder how much of that cost is due to sponsorship, huge advertising budgets, and different layers of distribution. At Boyd Cycling we don't sponsor pro tour cycling teams, we don't place multiple full page advertisements in expensive cycling magazines, and the wheels are coming directly from us to you.UNQUOTE
QUOTE:November Bicycles supplies race-ready bikes, framesets and wheels at half the cost of most other companies by cutting costs that don't add value.
Racing bicycles and wheels cost too much.
Much of this cost - inventory risk, advertising, professional sponsorship, distribution channel morass, financing expense - contributes absolutely nothing to a bike's performance. We realized that by stripping out all of the expenses that don't add value, we would be able to sell remarkably high quality frames, bikes and wheels at a fraction of what other brands charge. So that's what we decided to do.UNQUOTE
This could go on and on.
Take November and Boyd away and insert FarSports.
I was not aware that FarSports acts as a factory.I look at them as a company like the listed wheel builders in your post.
Plus they trade with all kind of other consumer goods.
They claim to design them .
The production of rims is done elsewhere.Sources for other parts are listed.
Questions: It took years the "western world" years to accept that Taiwan has "established manufacturers". Why shouldn't some Chinese manufacturers have reached an industrial level which would pass EN tests?
Why do we request SGS certification from FarSports if not from the listed few?
QUOTE:If you look at most rims on the market, esp those from big brands who have DEEP pockets for R&D, their weights are very similar to one and other.UNQUOTE
Incorrect.There are many different weights for same or similar deep rims between those "big brands". And who are those "big brands" indeed?
How well are we informed about their R&D budgets?
Question: Your anonymous source claims to know where named wheel builders get their rims from. Why don't these tell us where the get their rims from rather saying some well "established Taiwanese " companies?
May be these rims come from China and not from Taiwan? From the same company where FarSports is getting them done?
It will take too long to answer all your questions satisfactory but what I see here is that some are not happy with the huge competition from China.They claim to be inexpensive and now are pushed to recalculate and pushed to new limits.
Real life and long term consumer reviews like Theremery's will lead us to the correct path.
And what ever the "big brands" and "established manufacturers" do and ask,time is not on their side.
Keep in mind that Taiwanese rims are used in pro-racing (FFWD) and we are not far away that some Chinese rims will find their place in the peleton.They may already some out there.