My first proper carbon racing frame was a pink Planet X Pro Carbon 56cm. It has been a superb frame and has been used for road racing and training, so I’ve really put it through the paces.
The Planet X Pro Carbon is a budget frame from the company of the same name, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to race or ride a carbon frame on a tight budget. I won my first race on this frame, have had a couple of podiums and plenty of top tens in the two years that I have used it.
I built the bike up with Dura Ace 7800 shifters and front mech, Dura Ace 7900 rear mech, Ultegra 6600 chainset and ultegra cassette. I used generic Chinese carbon bars, FSA carbon seatpost, Fizil Antares saddle, and jagwire cables. Initially I used a Kinetic K1 alloy wheelset, eventually using a set of Easton EA90 Aero just for races and the Kinetic One’s for training, although in the picture the bike is fitted with a set of Easton EC90 carbons which were kindly loaned to me by Cycle Centre in Penzance.
The Planet X Pro Carbon is a very strong frame for the money, is quick and responsive in crits and road races, and solid enough for heavy winter training. I can’t compare it to a top end road frame as I’ve never had the chance to ride one, but this frame was put through the paces for two years solid, at stage races in the Junior Tour of Wales, the Junior Men’s National Champs, as well as road races and crits. This very frame took a win in the Cornish Series.
The Planet X Pro Carbon is a long and shallow frame, so for the rider with shorter or average size legs it is perfect, but for someone like me with really long legs the pro carbon is nice ang long in reach but not in height, which means that I need a very high seat post.
The pinker Panther is now too small for me so it’s time to hang it up, an excellent starter frame which I would highly recommend.