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Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there?
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I work in a shop and have been trying to reach them for over a week but just keep getting voice mail. Heard Blue was getting dumped and I think they have the same owners. Heard about the lay offs and the possible move of production to Taiwan. Just seeing if anyone has new (this last week) info?

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Oh snap. I was planning on buying Mad Fiber wheels next week. Now I am going to sit and wait until some (hopefully good) news surface.


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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [Sixth] [ In reply to ]
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Honestly are great performing wheels but it seems like they have had production problems for a while.

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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A set of Mad Fiber wheels were on the initial list of door prizes at the ST gathering in Kona on Wednesday. But the wheels or a Mad Fiber rep did not show up to the party, and thus were not given out.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Supposedly Mad Fiber is still operational. Just running on a skeleton staff.

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/...divided#.UljFJCqF8YY


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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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They are done in the states. They do not want the news released because they are trying to save face. They do not have a location set up in Asia yet, and are very deep in trying to figure out what the hell they are doing. Case/ Devine has been lying (big surprise!) about keeping production going in the States. They are not helping in warranties or building new wheels currently.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [bikes4life] [ In reply to ]
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Website is down. Red kite broke some of the story today.
http://redkiteprayer.com/tag/mad-fiber/

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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looks like someone is still responding! email inquires to Mike@madfiber.com
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Waiting for someone to come to DCG's defense again.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ggeiger] [ In reply to ]
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Wonder who owns the engineering for the wheels?



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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ggeiger] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [AlanShearer] [ In reply to ]
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Waiting for someone to come to DCG's defense again.

I'm not an expert on the bike industry but doesn't this have to be one of the biggest clusterf*cks in recent memory?

What a shame to see people lose their jobs and innovative products shelved.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Apparently Mad Fiber has shut down production and is headed toward bankruptcy.

http://www.bikeradar.com/...wn-production-38898/

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ZackCapets] [ In reply to ]
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Watching those old videos that Hjertberg posted when Mad Fiber launched, he made a compelling case for the wheels. To a lay person, Ric's engineering arguments seemed plausible. However, regardless of the arguments, exotic spoke-less $2,600 wheels were always going to be a niche-of-a-niche product. Add the fact that they had an extremely distinct look, questionable aerodynamics and the suspect crash worthyness inherent in any one-piece wheel design and they start looking like a niche-of-a-niche-of-a-niche. Dentists are just going to buy the 404s. Still, if nothing else they were certainly innovative and provocative.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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My friend worked for them for a while and got fired after telling them how fucked up things were and that they'd better change what they were doing. I guess he was right.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [hiro11] [ In reply to ]
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They were very light, around 400g lighter than a zipp 404 tubular wheelset.

In a field sprint that would save you a couple watts, and of course it would be good uphill, so if their own wind tunnel test (http://www.slowtwitch.com/...ads/MadFiberTech.pdf) is to be believed, it might be the superior wheel sometimes.

I would be a little bit surprised if the aero was as close as their test indicated though.



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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ThisIsIt] [ In reply to ]
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Pointing out problems is useful, but finding solutions is even more useful. Maybe your friend did a little of each. Usually though just pointing out that "everything is fucked up" isn't constructive.

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ZackCapets] [ In reply to ]
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Having followed the company for a bit and worked for a dealer it seems to me things started to go downhill after they were acquired and production ramped up. We had only been a dealer for about the last 3 or 4 months and sold I think 5 sets in tubular and clincher and had to warranty 2 sets because they were out of true. Every single person who purchased a pair had nothing but excellent things to say about their performance. Its a shame things got away from them.

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [jackmott] [ In reply to ]
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Well the "dentists" aren't completely out of luck. Lightweight still makes sub 1kg wheel sets, right?

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ZackCapets] [ In reply to ]
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bunch of anti-dentites around here
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [JPDMD25] [ In reply to ]
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Some have earned their wheel sets, some have screwed me over.

I've had 2 root canals (both the dentist's fault), a handful of fillings (the dentist's fault), finishing up my third two-year treatment with orthodontics (the first was a waste of time, orthodontist's fault), had upper jaw surgery in August (genetics' fault, my surgeon did really well), and I get to have a sinus lift, 6 tooth implants, and a metric ass ton of cosmetic dentistry.

Some days I feel like I could do their job. I could absolutely be an orthodontic assistant. The amount of time I've spent in the chair is astounding.

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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [ZackCapets] [ In reply to ]
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Wow sounds like a big bag of hurt. Sorry you've had some mixed experiences. Like every other field, you have some hacks and some great ones. Personally, I HATE going and try to do most of the minor procedures myself using the mirror.
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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I have loved tubeless technology. I think it's misunderstood and under-valued. I longed for a nice, aero, race-worthy set of tubeless-compatible wheels (I'm not into the conversion kits that will allegedly make any wheel tubeless ... there are issues of the bead hook and sidewall that need to be right). I bought a set of Mad Fiber clincher wheels because they advertised being tubeless compatible. Got the wheelset and there was a note in the box saying I needed a special valve adapter and that I needed to call MF to get a set so I could run them as tubeless. So I had this gorgeous set of very expensive wheels that I couldn't ride. I called them and they said, "oh, we've decided they're not tubeless compatible afterall." WHAT!!! Thankfully, the dealer from whom I'd bought them knew I wanted them to run tubeless and understood. I returned the wheels and got a full refund. But not before I threw on some clinchers and took 'em for a 50 mile spin. HATED them!!! It was a breezy day and I got blown all over the place. Seemed like they wanted to pick up speed fast, but you had to work to hold it. And something about the carbon hub shell, I suspect, made the wheels sound very raspy ... like when your brakes are wearing in your car and they begin squealing. They had this raspy, irritating sound as they rolled. I didn't like them at all. But so what now, eh?
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Re: Mad fiber- Anyone know what's going on there? [mc.cycles] [ In reply to ]
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Very sad, we though sniffed the fish. Thus we did "not give away" the wheel set at the Kona gathering.
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