Cadex 36 Disc Tubeless wheels review

A solid wheelset that accelerates and climbs well, but in a flooded market, the price just isn't compelling

Cadex 36 wheels
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cadex 36 wheels are both light and stiff, so if you're upgrading a lower-end wheelset, you will absolutely feel the performance uplift. However, the wheel market is extremely competitive these days. Even the mainstream brands have produced options designed to compete with the ~£1,000 offerings of smaller outfits, albeit, minus luxury features such as high-quality ceramic bearings. If you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, you won't be disappointed. But the harsh reality is that the difference between these, and a set of hoops half the price, won't be discernible enough for most to justify the price hike.

Reasons to buy
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    Lighter than competition

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    Stiff under acceleration

Reasons to avoid
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    Sacrifice some of the premium add-ons and you could save a lot of cash elsewhere

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    Hub pickup lags behind some competition

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If you’re buying a 36mm carbon rim road bike wheelset, it’s safe to assume that weight is a key priority for you. And the offering from Cadex - Giant’s subsidiary component brand - sets its aim at just that.

Giant has gone for all the mod cons: this is a tubeless, hookless wheelset. If you’re not on board with hookless tech, which allows for a lower weight and cheaper production cost but limits tyre choice and pressure to 72psi, then you should continue your search elsewhere.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.