Cadex 65 wheelset: First ride review

Lightweight, hookless and tubeless-ready out the box, the Cadex 65 wheels are bang on trend and sound great on paper, but how do they perform on the road where it matters?

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CADEX 65 review
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Early Verdict

Crosswinds twitchiness aside, the CADEX 65 is a fast, aero wheelsystem with a competitive weight, super simple tubeless setup and a specification list that will win any game of Top Trumps, oh and the black-on-black colour scheme looks incredible.

Pros

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    Simple tubeless set up

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    Competitively light considering the 65mm depth

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    Effortless flatland speed

Cons

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    Twitchy in crosswinds

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CADEX is a relatively new components subsidiary, borne out of the bicycle manufacturing firm, Giant Bicycles. Officially announced in 2019, the brand went to market with a very small menu of products, but each one of them is aimed at the upper echelons of the sport. With copious amounts of carbon fibre in its range, the brand launched a single saddle model called the Boost, a single tyre model called Race, as well as a range of wheels which aim to compete with the very best road bike wheels from competitors. 

Within the wheel range, there's a time trial wheelset including a rear disc wheel which pairs with a four-spoke front. The best lightweight wheels from CADEX come in the form of the 42mm deep wheels, aptly named the CADEX 42, and are the wheels you'll ride if you purchase the Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0.

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