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Let's be clear: there are shitty carbon rims and there are good carbon rims. I wouldn't just generalize about them because the build (layup) process can be so different from brand to brand or model to model. Slight changes in layup or fiber orientation can make a massive difference in strength and feel. For some high production overseas carbon brands, they rely on fast efficient production with less concern about engineering in the optimal layup.
In aluminum, its akin to comparing a Rhyno Lite to a DT Swiss 471 rim. Not the same playing field.
Carbon rims can be engineered to be both radially compliant while remaining laterally stiff. Its all in the layup.
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