Lightweight aliexpress or ebay parts

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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mekineer
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by mekineer

Was wondering what parts you guys recommend, or do not recommend, from aliexpress or ebay, that are super light. For example, this is a KCNC knockoff:
135 gram carbon seatpost:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Road-Mt ... 92827.html

I also bought a Specialized Toupe saddle clone, that I don't recommend, because the carbon was stiff as a rock (unlike the authentic Toupe). I may try again, because one seller is saying their saddle has flex.

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prendrefeu
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by prendrefeu

I'm not sure how that is considered a knockoff? That concept of saddle mount is not exclusive to KCNC.
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mekineer
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by mekineer

prendrefeu wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 am
I'm not sure how that is considered a knockoff? That concept of saddle mount is not exclusive to KCNC.
Ok, then, it's not a knockoff. Any parts on aliexpress you know of, similar to parts like KCNC makes? Or just lightweight in general?

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Lewn777
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by Lewn777

I live in China, and I have had very good experiences with a brand called GUB. They make nice CNC machined stuff and have recently moved into carbon fibre. Their offerings on Aliexpress are not as extensive as what is available to stockists in China though.
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?ca ... chText=GUB

I think with China the trick is not to hate everything if you've had a bad product or unreservedly love everything because you bought something good. Just simply treat every manufacturer as an individual player accordingly.

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by Orbital

My rule of thumb for Ali is hope for the best, expect the worst. The last stuff I ordered never even came. The only things I’ve had luck with were Rockbros pedals for my mountain bike, I bought 2 sets. And the Lightweight knockoff bottle cages are actually amazing.

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by mekineer

Lewn777 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:17 am
I live in China, and I have had very good experiences with a brand called GUB. They make nice CNC machined stuff and have recently moved into carbon fibre. Their offerings on Aliexpress are not as extensive as what is available to stockists in China though.
Gub was the brand of saddle I got that was the Specialized Toupe clone. It was nice, aside from not having any flex. Care to show-and-tell the items you got that you like?

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Lewn777
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by Lewn777

I got GUB saddle recently, has some flex, did a 200km ride on it and it was fine. https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a2 ... t=1#detail mines the 1152 model.

I've got a cellphone bar mount, but it's heavy. Carbon fibre stem rings. Bolt for Shimano SLX/XT crank.

PLus loads of other things for my MTB, which I've forgotten or aren't available any more.

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by glepore

That post is widely used, branded as hylix on ebay.
Parts I've used and like-"costelo" branded ti spindle pedals (time knockoffs, minor differences side by side, including bearing caps that both thread the same way where the real Times have one that is ccw and one cw), "bontrager" 260 gram integrated bar/stem (on two bikes now), "tune" style skewers (avoid the ones that don't have the carbon lever, they bend easily)

Parts I'd avoid-saddles are hit and miss, inexpensive ceramic bearings are garbage, and aftermarket derailleur pulleys, while pretty, can explode under load-only cost me a hanger but it could have easily been a wheel or seatstay.
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stockae92
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by stockae92

Go for branded item with good reputation.

For unknown factory and cheapest price, its a gamble.

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