The CS-256 frame is the newest Chinese carbon hardtail to really start to become adopted on a widespread basis.
If adding a set of carbon rimmed wheels is on your list of future upgrades, then these should be at the top of your list.
For cross country riding, and even creeping into some all mountain riding.. These 30mm outer width hookless carbon rims will be the perfect choice for a good majority of riders. The width and weight seem to be at a sweet spot on these rims, and the hookless design serves to further enhance those attributes.
If you’re not exactly familiar with what hookless means, we’ll provide a brief summary of the purported benefits.
Seeing as how the ability for one to purchase a high-end carbon bike frame direct from a Chinese manufacturer is still a fairly new development on the MTB landscape – They’re aren’t too many available frames that have a long standing a proven track record of being reliable, and a good fit for a wide array of riders.
Well, except for the HM/FM/IP-057, that is.
Up until this point there hasn’t really been any custom fitted frame protection kits available for those that desired to take the extra steps to protect their carbon frames.
Nothing will ruin your ride quite like having a massive rock leave a tiny ding in your new carbon frame. Even if it’s a small ding, due to the nature carbon fiber, and it’s propensity to have long-term fatigue problems is damaged areas.. it’s best just to avoid the scenario all together.
It’s a quick, cheap, and effective upgrade to your chiner that will add an extra layer of protection to your frame in all the vital places without adding any extra weight.
Most will want frame protection on the downtube, bottom bracket, and chainstays. Some opt to have more coverage depending on their type of riding and their trails but for 99% of riders that’s all that needs a frame protector of some sort.