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Alex Wheels - the good, the bad and the ugly.(6 posts)

Alex Wheels - the good, the bad and the ugly.JELLIOTWELLS
Aug 31, 2003 8:50 AM
I am considering replacing my current Mavic cxp21 wheelset (ritchey hubs) with some Alex300 wheels. My primary goal is to reduce weight. The Alex 300's weigh in at 1770 gms with hubs. For those who have Alex wheels what has been your experience? Am I sacrificing quality if I go with Alex as opposed to Mavic?
re: Alex Wheels - the good, the bad and the ugly.russw19
Aug 31, 2003 8:36 PM
For what you are trying to do, you are going to waste a whole lot of money. First off, 1770 grams is not light! You could build a set of wheels on an Open Pro rim that comes in much lighter than that. Second, Alex wheels are not that nice. I have seen a few sets and have never been impressed with them. Alex makes good BMX rims, and that's about it. You will be much better off to buy are really nice set of lighter tires with your current wheels and saving the weight that way.

Which brings me to another question.... what are you trying to save weight for? Are you racing? Do you do a lot of climbing? Or do you just want to spend money? It doesn't really matter what the answer to any of the above is, but if you answered yes to any of those three, then you need to save up and get a much nicer set of wheels than the Alex 330's. They are not race wheels, not climbing wheels, and not expensive either. All in all, not a good choice for any of the three above. You should look into something lighter like a pair of American Classic 350's or a set of the new Rolf Prima wheels (non-Trek) or a set of Zipps. If you want less expensive, get some stainless steel spoked Cane Creek Aeroheads.

I know not everyone can afford super-high end wheels, but the truth is that less people who can afford them actually need them. If you fall into this catagory, don't worry about it. Just get a really nice set of handbuilt wheels on an Open Pro or Velocity Aerohead rim and build with 28 spokes. Use Sapim X-Rays and your wheels will be super light, strong as heck, and last forever. It's a better way to spend your money, but it's still your money so take or leave this advice. But I would at least suggest you look a little deeper into your options, because the Alex 300 series wheels are far from your best choice for the money.

Just my opinions,
Russ
re: Alex Wheels - the good, the bad and the ugly.Chris3212
Sep 1, 2003 3:31 PM
Just out of curiousity...

I've seen Alex rims advertized in Nashbar and I think I've seen them on some newer road bikes (but not up close).

Are they American made? Or are they American but made in Taiwan (not anything necessarily wrong with that, just cheaper labor)? I've never heard of them before but they look halfway decent and the price is right. I'm sure they're not as good as Mavic but are they as good as Sun (Sun makes decent stuff)?
Alex Wheels are made in Taiwan.JELLIOTWELLS
Sep 1, 2003 3:55 PM
Sales office in Taiwan, manufactured in China.......nmMR_GRUMPY
Sep 1, 2003 4:52 PM
For reviews of these wheels look at the Specialized Allez bikesECF
Sep 2, 2003 7:12 AM
I know the Allez Elite comes stock with the ALX330 wheels and they get routinely panned in the reviews on this site. (At least in the reviews for the Specialized bikes anyway.) They are by far the weakest part of the Allez series of bikes. Of course, YMMV.

Later,
Eric