The 9 Best Chinese Road Bike Frames for Your New Build in 2022

Best Chinese Road Bike Frames: YOELEO frames in their factory

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These are the best Chinese carbon road bike frames and framesets.

This article includes frames compatible with rim or disc brakes, lightweight, aero, and hybrid frames, and also a buyer’s guide.

I did in-depth market research, evaluated customer reviews worldwide, and contacted owners, bike builders, and manufacturers to help you choose wisely.

As you probably know, there are a lot of myths surrounding Chinese carbon. Most people are concerned about its quality and reliability…

The below-listed frames are either UCI-approved, in-house tested, or meet other safety standards.

Are you ready to learn more?

Let’s dive in!

What Are the Best Chinese Road Bike Frames?

All frames below come from well-established, branded Chinese bike manufacturers. They are covered by a guarantee and were properly tested. To avoid any damage during transport, they are also well packed.

Please, note that most of the following frames are shipped from China. Their delivery may take several weeks.

If you don’t know where to begin when choosing the best frame for you, check the buyer’s guide section first.

Winspace SLC2.0 Kanazawa Edition
Winspace SLC2

Use this Winspace discount code CYCLISTSHUB10 at winspace.cc or lunwheels.cc during checkout to get 10% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

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YOELEO R12 (Gold, black)
YOELEO R12

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com

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Triaero A22 red aero road bike frameset
Triaero (ICAN) A22

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If you prefer a complete bicycle instead, check out the best Chinese road bikes.

Winspace SLC2 (Best Lightweight Frameset)

Winspace SLC2.0 Kanazawa Edition
Winspace SLC2 Frameset | Source: winspace.cc

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Lightweight (climbing)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost included
  • Optionable handlebar for an extra fee

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Average stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 780g (54cm size)
  • Brake Type: Rim and disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 28mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

I like this type of road bike frame – thin, lightweight tubes and high-quality finish. Yes, the logo could be smaller or be written using a different font, but this is subjective.

The SLC 2.0 is an improved version of the SLC 1.0. It’s stiffer to squeeze the improve the power transfer.

This frameset includes a seatpost and fork. You can also opt for handlebars and the version for brake or disc brakes.

Winspace SLC2.0 Kanazawa Complete Build outside on a grass
Winspace SLC2.0 Build – read the full SLC2.0 frameset review

The frame weighs just 780g in the size 54. Therefore, it is ideal for climbing or for people who want to build a lightweight road bike.

The color selection is pretty narrow, but you can contact Winspace support for customized options.

Sizes available: 44cm, 47cm, 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, and 58cm

Use this Winspace discount code CYCLISTSHUB10 at winspace.cc or lunwheels.cc during checkout to get 10% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

YOELEO R12 (Best All-Rounder Frameset)

YOELEO R12 (Gold, black)
YOELEO R12 All-Rounder Frameset | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Hybrid (all-rounder)
  • In-house tested
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost and handlebar included
  • Custom painting available
  • Optionable stem length and handlebar width

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Average stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 1000g (54cm size)
  • Brake Type: Disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 32mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB386

This all-rounder frameset is the most popular YOELEO frameset. Let me explain why.

R12 can accommodate up to 32mm wide tires, making it a pretty versatile road bike.

The frame also has less aggressive geometry that’s more comfortable than on racing road bikes.

Although it is available only for disc brakes, this frame is highly versatile. It will handle rough roads and even light gravel well.

YOELEO R12 review - Artur
YOELEO R12 Build – read the full R12 frameset review

This frameset is also ready for internal cable routing, making it look clean and modern. Additionally, it is compatible with electric and mechanical groupsets.

At YOELEO, you can choose handlebars width + stem length to ensure the best fit possible. This feature is often not available with mainstream brands.

You can choose from up to 7 sizes, including those suitable for short women and various colors.

Use this YOELEO discount code CYCLISTSHUB on yoeleobike.com during checkout to get up to 10% OFF your purchase. It’s also applicable to YOELEO CanadaGermany, FranceSpain, and Japan. Share this code via email

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com

Triaero (ICAN) A22 Frameset (Best Aero Frame)

Triaero A22 red aero road bike frameset
Triaero (ICAN) A22 Frameset | Source: icancycling.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Aero
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost & handlebar included
  • Optionable stem length and handlebar width (limited options)

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Somewhat aggressive stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 1115g
  • Brake Type: Disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 28mm tires
  • Crash replacement: 15% discount on the retail price
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

ICAN’s bike brand Triaero focuses solely on bike frames. Their aero frame A22 offers an unmatched price-value ratio.

It is designed with internal cable routing in mind, so its installation will be pretty easy for you or your bike builder.

I also like that its tubes are not super thick, so it reminds me of a lightweight climbing bike, although this one is an aero frame.

Considering its low price, this frame is well-built, as explained by Hambini in his video.

ICAN’s crash replacement program is a cherry on top of this imaginary cage. The only downsides are a limited size, color selection, and handlebar + stem options.

Use this ICAN discount code CYCLISTSHUB on www.icancycling.com during checkout to get 5% OFF your purchase.

Trifox X16 Frameset

Trifox X16 Lightweight Frameset
Trifox X16 Frameset | Source: trifoxbike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Lightweight
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost included

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Average stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 873g / 923g (through-axle)
  • Brake Type: Rim and disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 25mm tires
  • Crash replacement: 12% discount on the retail price
  • Bottom bracket: BSA/BB68

Trifox X16 is an affordable, lightweight frame available in multiple cool colors.

The frameset includes a fork (319g) and seatpost (182g). Please, note that the frame weight differs based on the brake type.

The handlebar is not included, but you can browse these Chinese handlebars to complete the frameset.

Trifox X16 review: Road bike based on Trifox X16 frame on a road with nature background
Trifox X16 Build – read the full X16 review

X16 frame is compatible with electric and mechanical groupsets, and it’s compatible with internal cable routing.

A huge benefit is also Trifox’s crash replacement program. If you crash, you get a 12% discount on the retail price of your next frame.

X16 is available in multiple colors and sizes – 44cm, 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, and 58cm.

Use this Trifox discount code CYCLISTSHUB on www.trifoxbike.com during checkout to get 8% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

You may also be interested in a pair of the best Chinese carbon wheels for a road bike.

YOELEO R21

YOELEO R21 (White, gray)
YOELEO R21 Aero Frameset | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Hybrid (a compromise between lightweight and aero)
  • In-house tested
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost and handlebar included
  • Custom painting available
  • Optionable stem length and handlebar width

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Somewhat aggressive stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 1050g (54cm size)
  • Brake Type: Disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 28mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB386

Although YOELEO R21 looks like a hybrid (all-rounder) road bike frame, YOELEO markets it as an aero frame.

It’s my favorite of all YOELEO framesets (unfortunately, it’s being phased out by YOELEO).

Owners claim it is responsive and quick but also comfortable. It is perfect for flats, hilly, or mountainous terrain. You can think of it as S-Works SL7 and similar frames.

R21 fits up to 28mm tires, ensuring great comfort, and thanks to the fully integrated headset, your build will be minimalistic and clean.

YOELEO R21 Review Edited
YOELEO R21 Build – read the full R21 frameset review

The color offer is the same as for other YOELEO frames, but you can also request a custom paint job. Just contact YOELEO’s customer support for more info and guidance.

Remember it’s available for disc brakes only. You can pick one of the 6 sizes (48, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm) and also the handlebar size (stem length and handlebar width).

Use this YOELEO discount code CYCLISTSHUB on yoeleobike.com during checkout to get up to 10% OFF your purchase. It’s also applicable to YOELEO CanadaGermany, FranceSpain, and Japan. Share this code via email

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com

Elves Vanyar

Mint green / orange Elves Vanyar Chinese Lightweight Road Bike Frame
Elves Vanyar | Source: elvesbike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Lightweight
  • UCI approved
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost included
  • Custom painting available

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Average stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 750g (rim, 46cm size), 850g (disc, 46cm size)
  • Brake Type: Rim and disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 28mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

If your dream is to build a super lightweight bike, you should consider getting the Vanyar frameset by Elves. It weighs only 750g in the 46cm size!

It seems that Vanyar is an open mold frame because I saw it on the offer of other manufacturers already. However, Elves Vanyar is UCI approved.

NOTE: Only the rim version is UCI approved.

It’s available in multiple cool and unique color options, so if you like to stand out, this is your chance.

The only thing I don’t like about the finish is that it includes some unnecessary decals on the top tube.

But, you can also submit a custom design if you don’t like the available color options.

Elves Vanyar review: Custom Elves Vanyar build on a grass with a house in a background
Elves Vanyar build – read the full Vanyar review

I love the elegance of the Elves logo. It reminds me of a road bike but also an elk. This is pretty cool because if you’ve ever seen Lord of the Rings, you’ve probably also seen Thranduil riding his elk.

This frameset includes seatpost and fork (365g), and it is ready for internal cable routing and electrical or mechanical groupsets.

Unfortunately, Vanyar doesn’t come with a handlebar, so you must buy it separately.

TIP: Browse the best Chinese carbon road bike handlebar to complete this frameset.

Take advantage of the extended warranty of 5 years and choose from 6 sizes.

Use this Elves discount code CYCLISTSHUB at store.elvesbike.com on the checkout page to get 5 % OFF (~50 USD) on your purchase. Share this code via email

Winspace T1500 Frameset

Winspace T1500 Blue
Winspace T1500 Frameset | Source: winspace.cc

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Aero
  • UCI approved
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost included
  • Optionable handlebar for an extra fee

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Somewhat aggressive stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 1050g
  • Brake Type: Rim and disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 28mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

This UCI approved aero frame is ideal for pros or for avid cyclists who love speed. According to Winspace, T1500 doesn’t only look fast, it is fast.

I am a fan of some of its color options but not the logo. What about you, do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

Winspace T1500 Review: T1500 during a sunset
Winspace T1500 build – read the full T1500 review

The good news is that the frame is available for both rim and disc brakes. You can also opt for an integrated handlebar (contact Winspace customer support for more info) before placing your order.

This frame was, of course, tested in a wind tunnel. Although the results are not publicly available, it has a few features that improve its aerodynamics, like the asymmetric frog-leg-muscle chainstay, asymmetrical bottom bracket shaft, or a wide front fork.

Choose from 5 sizes (41, 44, 47, 51, or 55cm).

Use this Winspace discount code CYCLISTSHUB10 at winspace.cc or lunwheels.cc during checkout to get 10% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

YOELEO R11 Super Light Frameset

YOELEO R11 Quick-Release (Blue)
YOELEO R11 Lightweight Frameset | Source: yoeleobike.com
YOELEO R11 Through-Axle (Lime)
YOELEO R11 Super Light Frameset (through-axle) | Source: yoeleobike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Lightweight (climbing)
  • In-house tested
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost and handlebar included
  • Custom painting available
  • Optionable stem length and handlebar width

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Average stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 850g (54cm size)
  • Brake Type: Rim or Disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 30mm tires (rim brakes), up to 32mm tires (disc brakes)
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

This YOELEO R11 lightweight frameset includes a frame, fork (390g), handlebar, and seat post (204g). It is available as an option for rim or disc brakes.

Of course, it is compatible with mechanical or electrical groupsets. Before purchasing, you can opt for the handlebar width and stem length to maximize the chance of the best fit.

YOELEO R11 frameset review: Golden/green R11 with Lún HYPER wheels and SRAM RED groupset
YOELEO R11 build – read the full R11 review

R11 frameset can also accommodate up to 30mm (32mm) wide tires, which is great if you need wider tires for gravel and dirt roads.

It also has improved internal cable routing (compared to its previous version) thanks to new EPS+Latex frame molding so that routing cables won’t be a hassle.

You can choose from various colors and sizes (49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, and 59cm).

Use this YOELEO discount code CYCLISTSHUB on yoeleobike.com during checkout to get up to 10% OFF your purchase. It’s also applicable to YOELEO CanadaGermany, FranceSpain, and Japan. Share this code via email

You might also be interested in these Chinese road bike handlebars.

Rinasclta Aero Frameset

Rinasclta Aero Road Bike Frameset
Rinasclta Aero Road Bike Frameset | Source: rinascltabike.com

Main Features

  • Frame Type: Aero
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Seatpost included
  • Custom painting available

Technical Specification

  • Geometry: Somewhat aggressive stack and reach
  • Frame Weight: 1111g
  • Brake Type: Rim and disc
  • Tire clearance: up to 32mm tires
  • Crash replacement: n/a
  • Bottom bracket: BB86

This frame can be characterized by one word – simplicity. It comes in matt or glossy black finish.

It has a hidden seatpost clamp, which is a nice detail I appreciate.

Rinasclta frameset includes fork and seatpost. But they manufacture handlebars in various options, so you can also order them from Rinasclta.

This frame is available for rim or disc brakes. It allows you to use up to 32mm tires and has an internal cable routing.

Of course, it is compatible with mechanical and electric groupsets. The sizing options are pretty limited (4 sizes only – 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, and 56cm).

Use the code CYCLISTSHUB10 at www.rinascltabike.com at the checkout page to get 10 USD OFF your purchase.


FramesetsTypeFrame WeightBrakesTire ClearanceBBCertificationBuy
Triaero (ICAN) A8 FramesetAero1115gDisc28mmBB86n/aCheck Price (disc)
Check Price (rim)
Winspace SLC2 FramesetLightweight780gRim or disc28mmBB86n/aCheck Price (use 'cyclistshub10' code to get 10% off)
YOELEO R12 FramesetHybrid1000gDisc32mmBB386n/aCheck Price
Trifox X16 FramesetLightweight873g (rim)
923g (disc)
Rim or disc25mmBSA/BB68n/aCheck Price (disc)
Check Price (rim)
YOELEO R21 FramesetAero1050gDisc28mmBB386n/aCheck Price
Elves VanyarLightweight750g (46cm)Rim28mmBB86UCI approvedCheck Price (use 'cyclistshub' code to get 5% off)
Check Price (aliexpress.com)
Elves VanyarLightweight850g (46cm)Disc28mmBB86UCI approvedCheck Price (use 'cyclistshub' code to get 5% off)
Check Price (aliexpress.com)
Winspace T1500 FramesetAero1050gRim or disc28mmBB86UCI approvedCheck Price (use 'cyclistshub10' code to get 10% off)
YOELEO R11 Super Light FramesetLightweight850gRim or disc30mm (rim)
32mm (disc)
BB86n/aCheck Price (disc)
Check Price
(rim)
Rinasclta Aero FramesetAero1111gRim or disc32mmBB86n/aCheck Price (use 'cyclistshub10' code to get 10 USD off)
List of the best Chinese carbon road bike frames with info about their type, frame weight, brakes, tire clearance, bottom bracket, and certification.
NOTE: The frame weights are for the 54cm frame size unless stated otherwise.

My Verdict

Be careful if you decide to buy a cheap, unbranded frame. But Chinese carbon road bike frames from established manufacturers are safe to ride and are covered by a warranty.

  • The best lightweight road bike frame in this selection is Winspace SLC2 (use the ‘cyclistshub10’ code at checkout to get 10% off). This frameset consists of a frame, fork, and seatpost.
    The M size weighs only 780g. It is not the lightest frame in this selection, but it offers the best price-value ratio.
    It is available for rim and disc brakes, and you get a 3-year warranty.
  • The most versatile road bike frameset is YOELEO R12 (also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com). It includes a frame, fork, seatpost, and handlebar.
    This aero frameset has not as aggressive geometry as racing framesets and can accommodate up to 32mm tires. This means it is more comfortable. It is available in plenty of sizes and colors, and you can even order a custom paint job.
    YOELEO covers this frame with a 3-year warranty.
  • If you prefer speed and aerodynamics, make sure to check out the Triaero A22 frameset. It includes a frame, fork, seatpost, and handlebar.
    It combines the best features from aero and lightweight frames creating a well-balanced compromise between speed, weight, and comfort.
    This frameset is completely ready for full internal cable routing resulting in a minimalistic and clean build.
    I cannot forget to mention it’s covered with a 15% crash replacement program and a 2-year warranty.

Which frameset do you like the most? Let me know in the comments below.


How to Choose the Best Chinese Road Bike Frame?

There are countless unbranded Chinese road bike frames out there. It is not an easy task to choose the one that you can 100% rely on.

Therefore, I recommend buying carbon products from trustworthy and reliable Chinese bicycle brands.

All frames in this article passed extensive product testing, are covered by warranty, and come from established manufacturers.

Below, I explain what other features to consider when choosing a new road bike frame.

Disc or Rim Brakes

The first thing to consider is whether you want to build your next bike on rim or disc brakes. These two types of brakes (and wheels, respectively) use different attachment mechanisms to the frame/fork.

If you want a bike with rim brakes, the frame and the fork will be designed for a quick release.

Frames for disc brakes are designed for a thru-axle (also called through-axle). It has to provide threads so the thru-axle can be threaded out of the frame/fork when removing wheels.

quick release vs through
Quick-release vs. through axle (thru-axle)

Frame Type

There are 8 basic types of road bikes. However, this article focuses only on endurance, performance, and aero frames to keep things simple.

Based on my research, I found out that Chinese manufacturers usually offer performance-oriented (lightweight and aero), sometimes endurance frames.

1. Performance-Oriented

  • Lightweight performance road frames are ideal for climbers, racers, and people who like thinner frame tube profiles.
  • Aero frames are suitable for riders who ride in crosswinds, flat sections, and eventually hilly roads.
  • Hybrid frames combine the best features of the performance and aero frames – they are relatively light and aerodynamic at the same time.

2. Endurance Oriented

  • Endurance road bike frames allow a more upright position that is more comfortable for beginners and people with limited flexibility.
Different road bike geometry types (endurance, performance, aero)
Endurance vs Performance vs Aero Road Bike

Weight

Frames’ weight will vary depending on the type of frame, size, and even the painting*. I selected more than 20 frames from various manufacturers to compare their average weight (M size). You can see the results below.

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

Remember that the lightest possible frame may not always be the best choice. Other features like the stiffness of the frame are also important.

Stiffness

“The stiffer the frame, the less energy loss, and the faster you ride” applies rather theoretically. The reality is a little bit different.

Tom Sturdy, an experienced carbon frame builder, said in an interview for Cycling Weekly that a stiffer frame could result in the rider getting tired faster, for example, on roads with a worse surface. This is because a too rigid frame can’t absorb unevenness.

The stiffness is pretty tricky. It is almost impossible to estimate it without having more detailed data from testing that are usually not available or when you cannot test the frame in person. So you have to rely either on the manufacturer’s claims or on the experience of others who have tried a frame you are interested in.

In general, however, Chinese carbon frames from trusted manufacturers do not lag behind the frames of more well-known brands in terms of stiffness and weight.

Bottom Bracket and Groupset Compatibility

Another thing to consider is the compatibility of the frame with the bottom bracket (BB). There are 2 basic types of bottom bracketsthreaded and press fit.

This topic is pretty complex, so if you want to find out more about bottom brackets, feel free to read one of the following resources:

The groupset compatibility is luckily much simpler. Most modern carbon road bike frames are compatible with mechanical and electric groupsets from Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo, etc.

Technically, you can use an electric groupset for older frames with external cable routing, but it won’t look good.

Size & Color Option

Once you’ve selected a particular frame, all you have to do is choose the right size and color option. Choosing the right bike size is essential to experience comfort on your bike and prevent injuries.

There are several methods (choosing a bike size based on your height, inseam length, etc.). Or, you can use my road bike size chart.

TIP: Use the Bikeinsights tool for comparing geometries of not only road bike frames.

The color option is solely up to your preference. Some manufacturers offer the possibility to upload your own design. This is a paid service and is not included in the price of the frame.

YOELEO R9 frameset color options (green, yellow, black, red)
Multiple color options of the same frameset

Also, note that the paint may add around 100g to the frame’s weight. So if the weight is important for you, buy a frame without any paint job.


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8 thoughts on “The 9 Best Chinese Road Bike Frames for Your New Build in 2022”

    1. Hi Diego,
      I saw Seka recently in one of the Cam Nicholls videos, and I have to say it looks great. I am looking forward to learning more about his experience with it.

      I guess the higher price is caused not only by the higher built quality that results in lower overall weight, maybe better aerodynamics, and the fact it is UCI certified, but it is a part of a marketing strategy. If a product is expensive, we tend to think it is more premium.

      – Petr

  1. Me again,
    The max tire size for the Trifox X16 is 28c on AliExpress. On their website, they say 25c…
    Maybe there is a difference between V-brake and disc version, or there is an error. It would be worth tho check with the company.

    Thanks for the post.

    1. Hi Eric,
      I know about SEKA but there are not many reviews of it yet. So, I am a little bit hesitant about including it.
      First time I hear about WiaWis. I don’t focus on Korean manufacturers. Do you have any experience with them?
      – Petr

  2. I’m looking for an endurance frame that would allow me to build a bike to the like of:
    Canyon Endurance, Giant Defy, Cannondale Synapse, Trek Domaine, Specialized Roubaix, and the likes. It seems that a lot of the frames i have seen is more aggressive.
    Do you have knowledge of any frames that can meet my demands?
    Best regards
    Ebbe

    1. Hi Ebbe,
      The YOELEO R12 has an endurance geometry. One of the best things is that it has 32mm tire clearance. So, you can use wider, higher-volume tires for a comfy ride. 🙂
      – Petr

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