CADEX 65mm Road Wheelsystem review

A deep, aero, wheel packed with all the latest tech and light enough to be a climber, could this be your new everyday wheel?

CADEX 65mm Road Wheelsystem review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

As technology progresses the recommendation for an everyday wheel continues to get deeper. A 50mm deep wheel is now the standard for most situations. Deeper wheels are more aerodynamic but the added weight and extra flex means that they become more specialized. With a wheelset weight of only 1501 grams, the CADEX 65mm Road Wheelsystem is light enough to be a climber specific wheel. Pair that with enough stiffness that they climb with the best of them and high-volume tires for comfort. It all adds up to one conclusion, make the CADEX 65mm Wheelsystem your everyday wheel.

Reasons to buy
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    Wide Internal Dimensions

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    Hookless Design

Reasons to avoid
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I review technology as it relates to bikes and I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the CADEX brand name. As it turns out, CADEX is part of the modern history of the bicycle but there is a good reason I hadn't heard of them, and you might not have either.

In 1987 the Giant group took on the moonshot project of building a super lightweight, fully carbon frame bike. It was revolutionary for the time and they wanted a dedicated group working on it. After that project ran the course into the 90s, the CADEX brand went dormant. Then in 2019 it came back with a similar mission. Giant is the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world and CADEX is the sub-brand creating the best of the best. The absolute pinnacle product.

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Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutia of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. 

Height: 5'9" Weight: 137 lb. 

Rides: Orbea Orca Aero, Cannondale Topstone Lefty, Cannondale CAAD9, Trek Checkpoint, Priority Continuum Onyx