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First Ride Impressions: CADEX 50 Ultra are just as fast on the gravel as on the road

First Ride Impressions: CADEX 50 Ultra are just as fast on the gravel as on the road

The CADEX Ultra 50 disc is highly impressive, not only in the looks but the performance. Yes, it’s technically billed as a road wheelset, but…

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The CADEX Ultra 50 disc is highly impressive, not only in the looks but the performance. Yes, it’s technically billed as a road wheelset, but it can easily take on rough roads. All photos: Jordan Villella Rounding out the CADEX wheel line, the CADEX 50 Ultra Disc is right in the middle, an all-arounder to mix with the CADEX 36, 42, and 65 wheelsets. While the 50mm depth might turn away some weight weenies; the 1382g weight might get their attention.

If you missed the whole story, check out our CADEX 50 Ultra/Aero Tubeless Tire piece , detailing everything new and fancy! First Impressions Review: Setup and dial in

We’re no strangers to CADEX wheels and tires. From our experience, they set up quickly, and bead sits easily without a compressor or tubeless tricks — the CADEX 50 Ultras give a similar experience. In spite of the warning printed on the side of the tire regarding to use of tire levers, I did require assistance from tire levers to get them on the rim. The wheels actually included tire levers, so I used those–but use at your own risk.

The CADEX Aero Tubeless Tires are lighter than expected (262g), especially from the past CADEX tires we’ve ridden. The compound is soft to the touch, and the carcass is supple and pliable, almost like a cotton tire.

The shape appears normal when out of the packaging, but when mounted, they take on a unique egg/ovalized shape. This egg shape diminishes when you mount […]

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