The carbon creators at CADEX formally entered the gravel/all-road wheel market with one of many lightest wheelsets we’ve seen — CADEX AR 35 DISC. That’s not all, although, as we noticed with the CADEX 36 DISC road wheels. CADEX prefers to supply “wheel systems,” together with tires, and the CADEX AR 35 DISC isn’t any completely different. Launching alongside the new carbon wheels is a line of high-performance gravel tires, with treads for a lot of situations.
Like the others within the CADEX wheel line, the CADEX AR 35 DISC has its roots in efficiency and competitors. For CADEX, the efficiency of their wheels hinges upon their trademark vast hookless rims. CADEX, since their bounce into the tubeless (and hookless) world, has touted the advantage of decrease tire pressures, wider rims, and stiffer builds. That means protecting the load low, efficiency excessive, and taking a very good hit when the street will get rocky.
What is it? CADEX AR 35 DISC ALL ROAD
The CADEX AR is a light-weight all street wheel with a 25mm internal rim width and hookless-bead model rims. The wheels include the rostrum in thoughts, full of ceramic bearings, a 60 tooth freehub physique, and are mild sufficient to make your street bike blush at 1270g.
The launch of the CADEX AR 35 DISC together with CADEX tires unveils a transparent imaginative and prescient for the CADEX AR line, beforehand restricted to the lone CADEX AR Gravel handlebar.
Ceramic bearings, carbon spokes, and carbon rims for gravel?
Like the CADEX 36 DISC, the new CADEX 35 AR DISC comes with the identical super-strong hookless rim.
The spokes are CADEX’ in-house carbon aero spokes. The similar excessive tensile-strength carbon spoke are used on the CADEX 36 DISC street wheel. CADEX employs Dynamic Balanced Lacing (DBL) know-how to realize superior lateral stiffness and a stiffness-to-weight ratio that strikes the CADEX AR 35 to the entrance of the all-road peloton.
How sturdy is the CADEX 35 AR DISC rim?
CADEX claims the hookless 35 AR DISC rim offers the identical affect resistance as an XC mountain bike wheel at a considerably lighter weight. After the rides and rocks we put them by way of, now we have to agree.
The CADEX 35 AR DISC rim internal width is 25mm, barely bigger than the 22.5mm CADEX 36 DISC.
This width cradles tires anyplace from 28c to 45c, making a stable contact patch and permitting for decrease tire pressures.
Introducing the CADEX R2-C60 Hub R-Drive freehub
The CADEX R-Drive freehub is the second-generation CADEX hub and options ultra-smooth CADEX ceramic bearings and a 60 tooth ratchet driver with a flattened coil spring and redesigned mud cowl.
CADEX R2-C60 entrance hub has an built-in axle and eliminates play by changing the tip cap, bearing, and bushing interface with an built-in axle that runs the size of the hub.
The hubs are middle lock particular and are out there in Shimano 11-12 / SRAM XDR 12 / Campagnolo freehub our bodies.
CADEX 35 AR DISC Technical Specifications:
Rim Height: 35mm
Rim Outer Width: 31mm
Rim Inner Width: 25mm
Front Hub: CADEX R2-C60 Hub, Centerlock
Rear Hub: CADEX R2-C60 Hub, 60T Ratchet Driver, Centerlock
Axle Spacing: 12x100mm Thru (Front), 12×142 Thru (Rear)
Spokes: Aero Carbon Spokes (Front & Rear)
Lacing: 21H (Front), 24H (Rear)
Recommended Tire Width: 700 x 28c – 700 x 45c
Weight: 1270g (Pair)
Price: Front: $1400 | Rear $1600 | Pair: $2500
CADEX AR and GX Tubeless tires
CADEX prefers to manage the wheel system and efficiency once they can. This management permits them to introduce tires and compounds that finest characterize the general CADEX wheel expertise. The new CADEX AR and GX tires purpose to take riders off-road and even into the forest with new treads and up to date compounds that excel in lower than preferrred situations.
CADEX AR all-road tires
The CADEX AR tires use CADEX unique AR-S twin compound to mix compact diamond-shaped knobs on the centerline and tall trapezoidal aspect knobs. Think of this as you’re dry climate, sandy situations tire. Since it is a gravel tire we had been speaking about, CADEX gave it an up to date Dual Shield Puncture Protection (DSPP) and all-new X-Shield protection on the sidewall and 170TPI tubeless casing.
CADEX GX Gravel tires
The CADEX GX tires use CADEX unique GX-S twin compound, designed with brief centerline knobs for pace and chunky outer knobs for cornering management — like a cross nation mountain bike tire. The CADEX GX employs the identical Dual Shield Puncture Protection, Race Shield+ safety over the middle, and all-new X-Shield protection on the sidewall — all on a 170TPI casing.
CADEX AR/GX Tire Technical Specifications:
Size: 700x40c (AR/GX)
Max Pressure: 60 PSI / 4.1 BAR
Min Pressure: 25 PSI / 1.7 BAR
Casing: 170 TPI supple casing
Compound: AR-S Dual Compound
Weight: 425g (AR) 445g (GX)
First journey impressions —CADEX 35 AR DISC
The presentation of the CADEX wheels is one thing to behold, they package deal them like a premium product, and it’s very good to see.
The package deal comes with wheel baggage, proprietor playing cards, and a few good containers, perhaps for promoting your previous wheels after shopping for these — as a result of they are not low cost.
That being stated, they are very prime quality out of the field; I needed to double-check these had been the “gravel wheel” after I opened the bag as a result of the load took me unexpectedly.
The CADEX 35 AR DISCs are mild however have a sturdy really feel.
The tires have a supple really feel, just like high-end mountain bike tires however a bit extra pliable. The tread on the AR could be very cyclocross-file-tread reminiscent, and the GX is extra of a quick cross-country tire. They really feel quick and supple, and the load is respectable in the event that they dwell as much as the safety hype. Fast tires are nice, however you possibly can’t win a race on the aspect of the street.
Inflating the primary batch of tires was simple. They mounted up shortly with no tire lever and inflated with a flooring pump. I maxed them out at 50psi to get the bead to sit down accurately after which deflated to a softer 35psi for my journey.
When I modified tires from the AR to the GX, I skilled some points inflating. The tire went on the rim as shortly as earlier than, however the bead skipped the rim and blew off upon inflation. I double-checked the tires and observed a small dent (for lack of a greater phrase) within the tire’s bead. Upon consulting with the workforce at CADEX, the dedication was made it might have occurred throughout transport. CADEX packages their tires in thick cardboard packages to protect the tire and bead from outdoors interference. Our evaluate tires had been packaged in with the wheels, folding the bead and presumably compromising the tire.
How do CADEX 35 AR DISCs journey?
My first journeys had been on traditional east coast winter roads and frozen gravel. The wheels felt extremely responsive and stiff contemplating the broader tires. CADEX goes by way of some lengths to elucidate the wheel’s stiffness and the way it compares to others available on the market. The downside with overly stiff or inflexible wheels is they’ll really feel like crap on tough providers — these don’t.
The CADEX 35 AR DISC spin up shortly and preserve pace on the flats effortlessly, we will’t say for certain if it was the ceramic bearings, the tires, the edges, or all three, however they fly. It felt odd driving such a pair of wheels on unmaintained winter roads, however they saved up with what the east coast dished out.
The wider footprint paired with the 40mm CADEX AR is a superb combo for the street and transferring to the gravel. The tread rolls quick, and the aspect knobs are sufficient to get you out of any bother or mud that thaws. The vast rim presents compliance however isn’t bouncy or off-putting in turns.
In lower than pleasant gravel (i.e., boulders), the CADEX 35 AR DISC wheels held their floor. I hit backside many (many) instances and got here again with nothing greater than a scratch. I’m very impressed with the resilience of the wheels up to now.
We’ll have a full in-depth evaluate sooner or later, so preserve an eye fixed out!
For extra info, try: Cadex-cycling.com