The 6 Best Chinese Carbon Road Bikes (Lightweight & Aero) in 2021

The Best Chinese Carbon Road Bikes

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Chinese carbon road bikes offer an excellent price-value ratio compared to mainstream brands. But how to find the one that you can rely on? In this article, you will find out.

This selection of the best Chinese carbon road bikes is based on my 10-hour research of Chinese carbon manufacturers.

It includes lightweight bikes and aero road bikes from various price points – from budget ones through mid-range to high-end. But the following two stand out from the rest:

In this article, you will also learn how long the delivery from China takes, if you have to pay import fees, and much more.


If you have any suggestions on other Chinese road bikes to include, feel free to contact me.


What Are the Best Chinese Carbon Road Bikes?

All bikes below were produced and assembled by well-established Chinese carbon manufacturers. Their products are covered by a warranty, and some of them also offer crash-replacement programs.

Check the best Chinese carbon road bike frames selection if you are interested in a frame or frameset only.

To find out more about choosing a Chinese carbon road bike, feel free to read the how to Choose Chinese road bike section first.

YOELEO R12 Aero Road Bike (Best Chinese Aero Road Bike)

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YOELEO R12 Aero Road Bike | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Fully-internal cable routing
  • TÜV CERTIFIED & UCI Approved wheels
  • Optionable handlebar size
  • Optionable groupset
  • Optionable wheels
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: No
  • Multiple color options: Yes

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: Optionable
  • Weight: 950 g (frame), 390 g (fork), 325 g (handlebar)
  • Groupset: Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra or Shimano Ultegra Di2

This bike is perfect for those who want to have some options because you can choose from:

  • 3 groupsets (Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra, or Shimano Ultegra Di2) based on your preference and budget.
  • 3 wheelsets (YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB STD, SL, or PRO) that differ in their hubs – the more expensive, the better quality and riding characteristics.
  • And multiple handlebar sizes – width (38, 40, 42, 44 mm) and stem length (90, 100, 110, 120 mm) – to maximize your riding comfort.

The frame weighs a respectable 950 g and is TÜV certified, so you can be sure it passed extensive testing and stress tests.

YOELEO R12 is an ideal aero bike for all riders who want to race (criteriums, flat or hilly races) or enjoy pure speed.

What will please many riders is the wide range of frame sizes and colors, including the original chameleon blue.

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on yoeleobike.com or yoeleoeurope.com to get 2% off your purchase.

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com


Triaero A2 Lightweight Road Bike (Best Chinese Lightweight Road Bike)

Triaero A2 Lightweight Road Bike | Source: icancycling.com

Main Features

  • Optionable groupsets
  • Partial internal cable routing
  • UCI-approved wheels
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: Yes (15% discount)
  • Multiple color options: No

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Rim
  • Wheels: ICAN FL40 clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: 6.33 kg
  • Groupset: Shimano 105 / Ultegra, or SRAM Force / Red
  • Bottom bracket: Press-fit BB86

Climbers, be aware. This bike is light – very light (6.33 kg*)! Considering its price, it provides an excellent price-to-weight ratio.

*This weight is for the highest-end groupset SRAM Red.

Triaero A2 will be the ideal machine to hunt your local KOMs. You can opt for Shimano 105 (R7000), Shimano Ultegra (R8000), SRAM Force, or SRAM Red groupset. These groupsets differ mainly in their weight and shifting mechanism (Shimano vs. SRAM use different shifting), so you can choose the one you prefer or what your budget allows you.

This bike comes with ICAN FL40 clincher tubeless-ready wheels (1403 g). Be aware that they have a 105 kg weight limit (bike included), so you may consider replacing them if you are a heavier rider.

A2 has one minor downside – you can’t choose from any other color than the matt black. I like matt black bikes a lot, but some people may find them boring.

On the other hand, there are 6 sizes available (from 48 to 58 cm), so even short/tall riders can enjoy this climbing bike.

The absence of disc brakes is a subject of discussion. What brakes do you preffer? Let me know in the comments section.

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on www.icancycling.com to get 5% off your purchase.


TIP: Check this selection of the best road bike pedals to buy, combine them with road cycling shoes, and take your performance to the next level.


YOELEO R6 Aero Road Bike (STD + PRO)

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YOELEO R6 Aero Road Bike | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Partial internal cable routing
  • TÜV CERTIFIED & UCI Approved wheels
  • Optionable handlebar size
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: No
  • Multiple color options: Yes

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Rim
  • Wheels clincher (tubeless-ready)
    • Yoeleo SAT C50 STD (Novatec hubs) or
    • Yoeleo SAT C50 PRO (DT swiss hubs)
  • Weight: n/a
  • Groupset: Shimano 105
  • Bottom bracket: Press-fit BB86

R6 will make happy all fans of rim brakes. This aero bike can be your alternative to Triaero A1 because these 2 bikes are in a similar price range.

The main differences between these bikes are that YOELEO R6 features rim brakes and a 2X groupset. Speaking of the groupset, Shimano 105 (5800) will provide you with 2x11spd and reliable shifting.

The biggest highlights of R6 are the TÜV certifications and UCI-approved YOELEO wheels. And thanks to extensive product testing, you can be 100% sure and confident that you can rely on this bike.

Another benefit is that you can choose your preferred handlebar width (38, 40, 42, 44 mm) and stem length (90, 100, 110, 120 mm). With the right handlebar size, you improve your bike fit and your overall riding comfort.

YOELEO R6 is available in plenty of color options that are suitable for both, men and women.

You can choose from 2 options of YOELEO R6 STD and YOELEO R6 PRO. They differ with the wheels. STD comes with cheaper Novatec hubs. PRO comes with DT Swiss hubs. Both wheelsets weigh around 1600 g, depending on the width of the rim.

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on yoeleobike.com or yoeleoeurope.com to get 2% off your purchase.


You may also be interested in the best Chinese carbon road bike wheelsets.


Triearo A9 Aero Road Bike

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Triearo A9 Aero Road Bike | Source: icancycling.com

Main Features

  • Fully-internal cable routing
  • Integrated cockpit
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: Yes (15% discount)
  • Multiple color options: Yes

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: ICAN Aero 40c clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: 7.98 kg
  • Groupset: Shimano Ultegra, Shimano Ultegra Di2, SRAM Force eTap
  • Bottom bracket: Press-fit BB86

Triaero A9 is the highest-end aero bike by ICAN*. It comes with one of 3 groupsets – Shimano Ultegra, Ultegra Di2, or SRAM Force eTap. So whether you like mechanical or electrical groupset, you can choose the one you like.

*Triearo is a brand of ICAN’s bicycles.

A9 features hydraulic disc brakes that provide you the best stopping power at all weather conditions possible and in fast descents.

It is equipped with ICAN Aero 40c clincher (tubeless-ready) wheels that weigh just around 1314 g, yet they are stiff enough to transfer the power you put into every pedal stroke effectively.

When you compare this bike with bikes of the mainstream brands, you find out it provides a much better price-value ratio. Mainstream bikes can cost even twice as much as this ‘Rocket.’

Triaero A9 is a huge competitor for YOELEO R12. I like the R12 just a little bit more. But the ICAN’s crash replacement program is a big plus.

Its downsides are the lack of certification and the possibility to customize the wheels and the handlebar size.

Choose from multiple color options and 6 sizes.

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on www.icancycling.com to get 5% off your purchase.


YOELEO R11 Lightweight Road Bike

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YOELEO R11 Lightweight Road Bike | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Fully-internal cable routing
  • TÜV CERTIFIED & UCI Approved wheels
  • Optionable handlebar size
  • Optionable groupset
  • Optionable wheels
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: No
  • Multiple color options: Yes

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB STD
  • Weight: 850 g (frame), 390 g (fork), 325 g (handlebar)
  • Groupset: Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra, Shimano Ultegra Di2
  • Bottom bracket: Press-fit BB86

If you don’t like the SRAM groupsets that Triaero A2 comes with, and you are a fan of Shimano, YOELEO R11 is the bike for you. Wait, its features don’t stop here.

It comes with either Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra, or Shimano Ultegra Di2. If money is not a problem for you, you can go for Ultegra Di2 and enjoy flawless electronic shifting.

But R11 is a great climbing bike even without a high-spec groupset. Shimano 105 is also completely fine for beginners. It is light (the frame weighs just 850 g) and stiff.

Every bit of energy you put into pedals will be transferred to move you one step closer to the summit of your nearest mountain. And when you start descending, you don’t have to worry about the lack of stopping power thanks to hydraulic disc brakes.

I cannot forget to mention you can opt for a specific handlebar size (their width and stem length) and wheels. This is a great advantage for roadies who want to spec up or down their new climbing bike.

YOELEO R11 is also available in a plenty of color options and sizes.

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on yoeleobike.com or yoeleoeurope.com to get 2% off your purchase.


Triaero A1 Aero Road Bike

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Triaero A1 Aero Road Bike | Source: icancycling.com

Main Features

  • Partial internal cable routing
  • Easy to assemble
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Crash replacement: Yes (15% discount)
  • Multiple color options: No

Technical Specifications

  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: ICAN 50c (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: 9.13 kg (size L)
  • Groupset: SRAM Rival 1x11spd (11-42 cassette)
  • Bottom bracket: Press-fit BB PFGXP Road Pf30

Trieaero A1 is one of the most affordable aero road bikes in this selection. Probably its biggest advantage lies in its 50mm deep wheels. They are pretty stiff and weigh only 1510 g, so you can be sure they will perform well, and you will be fast. And, as a bonus, they are tubeless-ready, so you can equip them with tubeless tires (find out more).

The second highlight is the hydraulic disc brakes that will provide you with enough stopping power in wet weather or long descents. If you look for an aero road bike, you probably like to ride fast, and you need brakes you can rely on.

Although it features only partial internal cable routing, I like the frame – it looks clean thanks to a decent brand logo decal, matt black finish, and it has nice shapes.

Unfortunately, Triaero 1 does not come with an integrated cockpit getting more and more popular on aero road bikes. But we have to still keep in mind its price range.

The 1x11spd SRAM Rival may be a downside for some riders due to a limited gear selection and larger jumps between them. But, if you live in an area where the terrain is not very diverse, you can take advantage of its simplicity, lower weight compared to 2X shifting, and easier maintenance.

It may seem that this aero bike does not offer a lot, but its price will prove you wrong. Feel free to choose from 5 sizes and start hunting your PRs with this machine!

Use the following promo code ‘cyclistshub‘ on www.icancycling.com to get 5% off your purchase.


Do you want to build your own build instead? Check this selection of the best Chinese carbon road bike frames.


My Verdict

Before you buy a Chinese road bike, make sure it comes from a reliable manufacturer. All bikes in this selection come from established brands and are covered by warranty.

I don’t recommend buying counterfeit or unbranded carbon bikes because you never know who manufactured them, and you won’t be able to claim a refund if it breaks.

The best aero Chinese carbon road bike is the YOELEO R12 Aero Road Bike. It features 50mm deep section tubeless-ready wheels (UCI approved), aero frame (TÜV certified), fully internal cable routing, and integrated cockpit.

It is stiff yet comfortable enough for long endurance training or road races. When you compare its price with other mainstream brands, you realize that you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a good bike.

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com

The best lightweight Chinese carbon road bike is the Triaero A2 Lightweight Road Bike. It provides you with an excellent price-weight ratio. With SRAM Red, it weighs only 6.33 kg. But you downgrade it a little bit and choose Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra, or SRAM Force groupset.

With this bike (and your good legs), you will get a much better chance to conquer your local KOMs and improve your PRs.


How to Choose the Best Chinese Road Bike?

There is a high chance you have seen some Chinese road bikes on online market places already. Many of them are unbranded or of suspicious quality. So how to find out whether or not the bike is worth your money? Here are a few tips:

  1. Buy products from established and trustworthy manufacturers.
  2. Make sure the bikes passed extensive product testing and are also covered by warranty. Certifications like TÜV and UCI approved are a good sign too.
  3. Don’t buy counterfeit Chinese frames of mainstream brands or unbranded bikes.
    Feel free to read more tips in the Chinese carbon manufacturers article.

Below, I explain what other features to consider before you buy your new (Chinese) carbon road bike.

Road Bike Type

Did you know there are 8 basic types of road bikes? But don’t worry, most Chinese road bikes are Performance and Aero-oriented, so the selection is much easier.

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Basic types of road bikes | Product pictures were used with permission of canyon.com and trekbikes.com

Performance (Lightweight) Road Bikes, also sometimes called climbing road bikes, are ideal for – yes, you guessed it – climbers. Thanks to their lower overall weight, these bikes are ideal for climbing high mountains because you don’t have to carry excessive weight, so you save energy.

Their downside is that they are not as aero optimized, so they are a little bit slower on flats or in crosswinds.

Aero Road Bikes are the exact opposite of climbing road bikes. They are about 1 kg heavier due to thicker frame tubes and deep-section wheels, but they perform well on flats and in crosswinds.

You probably won’t conquer the KOM of your nearest mountain on it but on the way down. You will fly like a rocket.

‘Hybrid’ road bikes combine the best features of performance and aero road bikes. They form a compromise between these two types. They are not as lightweight as performance road bikes. The same applies to their aerodynamics – it is not as optimized as the aerodynamics of aero bikes.

A hybrid road bike (an example could be Specialized Tarmac SL7) is the best option for riders who need a versatile bike for various terrains. It climbs well and is also fast on flats.

Disc vs. Rim Brakes

“Disc or rim brakes?” was not even a question a few years ago. But thanks to innovation and technological progress, we have an option to choose from these two brake types. So which one is right for you?

  • Rim brakes are cheaper, lighter, and easier to maintain than disc brakes. Their main downside is their low effectiveness during wet conditions or in long descents.
  • Disc brakes are much more effective in various weather conditions, so your stopping power is not affected. Their downside is the weight, more difficult maintenance, and higher price.
    There are 2 types of disc brakes – mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes. Mechanical are less effective than hydraulic but still provide good stopping power. I noticed that most Chinese road bikes come with hydraulic disc brakes, which is good news.

Source: bikeradar.com

Wheels & Tires

Wheels come in different types and with different features. Below, I explain them briefly, so you get a better idea of what to look for.

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Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless Tires

These three types of wheels may be confusing – especially for beginners. Here are their main features, advantages, and disadvantages:

  • Clinchers are the most widespread type of wheels/tires. The tire is supported by an inner tube that can be made of rubber or latex. They are used on most low-end road bikes.
  • Tubular tires are more common among professionals. Some hobby riders use tubular tires as well because they allow you to inflate lower pressures. This means they are more puncture-resistant and more comfortable.
  • Tubeless tires are the most modern ones. Tubeless-ready wheels allow you to use a tube-free tire because they use sealant instead of the inner tube.

NOTE: If the wheels are ‘clincher tubeless-ready,’ you can use them with tubeless tires (read more).

Wheel/TireProsCons
Clincher• Easy to replace
• Easy to repair
• More prone to puncture
• Heavier than tubular or tubeless
Tubular• Allows very low and high tire pressure
• Less prone to puncture
• Lightweight
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Tubeless• Allows lower tire pressure
• Self-repairing capability (sealant fills out small holes)
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher

Sources: theproscloset.com, cyclingtips.com

Weight

Depending on the road bike & brake type, components, wheels, and even the painting*, the overall weight of the bike will vary.

*Complete painting can add around 3.5unces (100 g).

If you are a climber, you will probably look for the best weight-stiffness ratio. Aero-oriented riders will be interested in aerodynamics and stiffness.

Keep in mind that the lightest possible frame may not always be the best choice. The stiffness is also important and often overlooked.

Although we can measure stiffness, it is challenging to determine whether the bike is stiff or aerodynamic when you can’t try it in person, see lab testing results, or read reviews of other users.

The table below shows an estimated weight of different types of carbon road bikes.

Road Bike TypeWeight of the Bike
Lightweight6 to 8 kg
13 to 18 lb
Aero7.5 to 9 kg
16.5 to 20 lb
Hybrid6.5 to 8.5 kg
20 to 23 lb
Estimated weight of different types of Chinese carbon road bikes.

NOTE: Disc brake road bikes are for around 0.5 to 1 kg (1 to 2 lbs) heavier than road bikes with rim brakes.

Groupset

Chinese road bikes come mainly with 1X or 2X groupsets (1 or 2 chainrings). I prefer 2X groupsets because you get a wider gear selection, and you have smaller jumps between individual gears.

On the other hand, 1X groupsets are lighter and simpler. So if you like simplicity and don’t need as many gears for too versatile terrain (you live in a flat area), 1X may be a way to go for you.

1x chainring
1x chainring
2x chainring
2x chainring

What Groupset Manufacturer to Choose?

There are 3 main manufacturers of groupsets – Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM. Shimano dominates the market. According to Credit Suisse, Shimano had about 80% of the global share in bike components in 2016.

And it is true for Chinese road bikes as well. Most of them come with Shimano groupsets, a very few with SRAM. I did not find a single Chinese bike with Campagnolo.

The following table shows groupset from these manufacturers. The groupsets vary mainly in their weight, shifting, efficiency, and price.

 ShimanoSRAMCampagnoloType
Entry levelClarisMechanical
Entry levelSoraMechanical
Entry levelTiagraApexMechanical
Mid range105RivalCentaurMechanical
Mid rangeUltegra R8000ForcePotenza
Chorus
Mechanical
ProUltegra Di2 R8070Force eTap AXSChorus EPSElectric
ProDura-Ace R9100REDRecord
Super Record
Mechanical
ProDura-Ace Di2 R9170RED eTap AXSSuper Record EPSElectric

Size

The last thing to choose is the frame size. You don’t want to order a bike, wait for its delivery, and realize you ordered the wrong size.

With the right frame size, you will experience better riding comfort and prevent injuries.

To choose the right size, follow the bike size chart of the manufacturer and its recommendations, or try the road bike size calculator.


Chinese Carbon Road Bikes FAQ


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