@Bioteknik…I would say most people have never been in a Chinese factory of any kind. More specifically, most have never, ever been in a Chinese carbon bike manufacturing facility. So when you hear talk about ‘putting your life on the line’ it’s mostly just folks parroting what other folks have told them.
BUT IT CAN BE TRUE!! Some Chinese factories are dicey.
I gotta tell you, though, I’ve reviewed many cut up carbon frames from major manufacturers. I’ve cut up a few Chinese carbon frames. I’ve cut up several Chinese handlebars. I’ve cut up seatposts & forks. My findings are that generally the frames are pretty good, handlebars can be very sketchy, seatposts are generally pertty good. Definitely I’ve seen name-brand carbon frames that looked much worse than the Chinese frames I’ve cut up.
I think the reason is that there aren’t as many frame making shops as their are handlebar/seatpost/other accessory making shops. The capital required for making frames is maybe a little bit more so it’s harder to get financed at that level. So a lot of the hacks get filtered out. Handlebars? Pfft…anybody can make those in their garage…same with seatposts but handlebars require some technical expertise to get it correct.
Wheels? I don’t know for sure. Haven’t been in any wheel shops. Cut up a Chinese rim once but I’m not sure I know enough about wheels to say anything about it. No obvious defects but who knows? One thing we can say for certain sure, though, if Chinese wheels were super dangerous there would be legion dead cyclists! Ha! There are thousands of those things out there on the road.