First Impression: WOW
I think my UPS driver has it out for me. Each box from China is always suffered a fair amount of damage, yet the product is perfectly packed and is unscathed…but enough about that. Now for the wow.
These are a new series wheels from DengFu and by far the best finished rims yet to come out of a Chinese vendor. The instant I saw this finish on the side of the rims I knew something was different. The finish has a more “professional” or “high-end” tactile feel. They don’t have that “hollow” sound when thumped with the end of my finger.
One look inside the rim track and the quality of these rims is plainly revealed. Smooth and finished. Most rims from China have a rough unfinished look about them. Not so with the DengFu FMW38C clinchers as you can see in the photos. These rims look as good as anything I’ve seen from the brands in the “entry” level pricing range which usually starts around $3000.
At first glance the brake track is so smooth it is hard to image how these will stop quickly…but more about that later in this review.
Panic immediately set in at first glance of the box from Far Sports containing a pair their FSC-CM 50mm clinchers. There was a sizable wallop on the top corner of the box. One would think I’d have learned from the many shipments from China I’ve received that all was well, and sure enough as soon as I open the thick cardboard walls of the box that was confirmed. The contents were snuggled inside bubble wrap completely unharmed.
Straight out of the box the wheels feel and look beautiful, sleek, and so crazy light that you mind cautions you that is must be fragile. A few good looks, shakes, pokes and spins, however, leaves you with the feeling that these are substantial wheels though remarkably lightweight.
Far Sports has chosen Sapim spokes, the best metal spoke available in terms of strength to weight ratio. I'm not all that familiar with the Edhubs but they are smoooooooth and yet again, very light particularly compared to the Novatec hubs that seem to be the standard with most Chinese and thus US and EU brands. Far Sports seems to understand what it takes to make a great carbon fiber wheelset. They are the distributor for Sapim Spokes in China. A very clever move.