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Alex Wheels...(5 posts)

Alex Wheels...Roadfrog
Jun 6, 2002 8:51 PM
Anybody ever use these wheels? They come stock on a Tri-bike I'm looking at but I can't seem to find any information on them. Thanks, HOP
re: Alex Wheels...Juanmoretime
Jun 7, 2002 1:36 AM
This isn't going to be a lot of help. Bike Nashabr carry's them so you can go to their website for some information on Alex rims. www.nashbar.com LoL
re: Alex Wheels...sprockets2
Jun 7, 2002 7:03 AM
I manhandled some of their rims once to see what they were like. They didn't seem to be crappy, they were reasonably strong for their size and heft, and the only neg. was the junction not being super smooth. My guess is that they are comparable maybe to the Mavic road series just below the Open Pro/CXP33 level.
They are stock on low end Specialized bikes.czardonic
Jun 7, 2002 8:43 AM
They seem to be standard issue on sub $1000 road and mtb rides from Specialized. At the mid-level they go with Ritchey, and the high end gets Mavic.

Eg. http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?san=AllezA124&browselevel=roadbikes
re: Alex 390 rimsJaeP
Jun 7, 2002 6:50 PM
I'm 6'2" and 235lbs. I built up a 32 hole wheelset using a pair of Alex 390 rims on Ultegra hubs. I used 14g spokes with brass nipples (remember, I weight 235lbs.) I've been using them for about a year and they are still true. They don't build up as nicely as Mavic Open Pros but for fifty bucks for a pair they're pretty darn good. They're relatively light and very strong. I've been using mine for about a year now.

The rims won't run perfectly straight. You can barely see this when the wheel is in a trueing stand but when you run your finger along the braking surface you'll notice a little wavy-ness from the rim.

Hope that helps.