Some praise the Chinese carbon wheels from Farsports being as good as over $1500 carbon wheels from major brands.
and some say they roll worse and has some reliability issues, regarding it as a low-end, under performing carbon wheels.
while Zonda is generally receiving very positive reviews, i've come across few comments saying that
it's just a mid range aluminium wheels and one could not expect the level of performance from any carbon wheels including Farsports.
it seems everybody has different opinions especially regarding the Chinese wheels.
what would be a wise choice? go for Zonda and save some cash, or be little adventurous and try out the Chinese carbon to see if they're really that good ?
i enjoy all terrains but where i live is mostly flat. i'm more concerned about overall wheel reliability and performance than a specific application.
i know for a precise comparison i should really try both myself but can't afford to do that haha. some input from Farsports owners who has an experience with similarly priced aluminium wheels would be awesome. thanks !
So if you want good value tubular wheels get the Farsports. If you want solid clinchers, get the Zondas (I'd look at Hunt personally).
For me: Corima tubulars > FarSports clincher w/ heavier spokes > Zonda C17
If you like the shape & weight of a Farsports rim and you don't mind second class braking compared to aluminum or the best carbon rims you'll be happy with Farsports and either save a bunch of money (compared to carbon) or save weight, increase stiffness, and be more aero than alloy.
P.S. I've only ridden clinchers and do serious descents, but I wait for corners to brake rather than dragging the whole way down. I'm 170lbs.
While some people have had good luck with Farsports I know two people that haved melted a brake track. For me, that is enough anecdotal data to tell me that Farsports are not as good as a big name brand rim. Now if you live in a flat area, then maybe you can comfortably make them work for you.
Personally, I'd rather pay a few hundred more and get some lower end carbon wheels like the Fulcrum Quattro Carbon. Or find some Roval takeoffs.
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So first of all, when someone gives their option on the matter, they should also clarify what kind of experience it is based on.
I have 3 sets of farsports rims. I’ve never owned other sets of carbon wheels. I have no experience with name brand carbon wheels like zipp, enve, reynolds, Corima, mavic, Shimano etc. Except from what I know from the guys I ride with. And thats their experience, not mine.
All of the 3 sets perform excellent. ATM I’m doing mountains in France with my 38x25 mm clinchers, and they perform excellent with no issue. I’ve had this particular set for 2 years, ridden 6-7000 km on them, several trips in spanish and french mountains. I’ve ridden them in rain and all kinds of terrain. I always ride them with latex tubes, in the mountains as well. And I’ve never had issues. The braketrack shows no visible wear whatsoever, and the braking in dry conditions is excellent. Today there was a very steep descent with lots of hairpin turns. At the bottom I stopped and put a hand on the front rim, it was lukewarm. Nothing more. Not even close to overheating, and I’m around 90 kg, so defo not a light rider.
Tbh I haven’t ridden them in rain in the mountains. I’ve ridden them in rain on the flats, and braking is not the same. It’s not critical, but there’s a significant difference, because the initial braking will clear the rim of water before the pads actually get a grip on the rim. But that goes for all kinds of rim braking. Not only carbon.
But with the braking experience I’ve had on the flats, I wouldn’t be too concerned about riding them in the mountains in rain. It’s always a bit sketchy descending in rain - carbon or not.
The other sets I have, perform as well as this set. So the warmest recommendation for farsports rims.
I’ve only ever bought rims from farsports, and laced them with quality hubs and spokes myself. So I have no experience with their ready built wheels.
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