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In time for the spring classics, CADEX unleashes a treasure trove of performance cycling kit, ranging from wheels to tires to handlebars. We’ve seen some spy shots of the gear on the Team Jayco AlUla in the 2024 races — Now we finally have the full details.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem full bike
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Over the past five years, CADEX has slowly and assertively poised itself as a high-end equipment supplier. It is not precisely distancing itself from its parent company, Giant Bicycles, but showing everyone, ‘this is NOT high-end gear OEM.’ Having tried many CADEX products, they are definitely knocking on the top components’ door. The newest offerings round out the all-around road performer. With new all-around wheels with a GC race tire, a new do-it-all Race one-piece carbon bar/stem, and an Aero one-piece carbon bar/stem.

Let’s meet the new additions to the CADEX lineup.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem wheels

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem

The Max 40 Wheel System is a lightweight, aerodynamic wheelset designed for everything the road can throw at a rider. CADEX claims it’s less than 1250g for the set and is now the lightest wheelset they offer.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem header

The rim is a fairly generous (for road) 22.4mm inner with a 40mm deep section. CADEX says the wheelset delivers best-in-class stiffness to weight. We haven’t seen the wheelset, but judging from what we know of the brand — it sounds like this one has some Olympic ambitions.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem carbon

The CADEX Max 40 uses a new hubset and carbon spoke design. The design team calls them ‘CADEX Super Aero carbon spokes’ (catchy name and straight to the point). The spokes are seamlessly integrated into a thin aero hub flange, contributing to updated power transfer for the Max 40.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem stiffness

How does the Max 40 stack up against the best in class? CADEX tested against the Lightweight Obermayer EVO and Syncros Capital SL. CADEX claims the Max 40 exhibited significantly greater front and rear wheel stiffness.

The Max 40 showed 28.4 percent greater front wheel stiffness than the Lightweight Obermayer EVO and was 10.3 percent stiffer than the Syncros Capital SL. Regarding rear wheel stiffness, the Max 40 beat the Obermayer by 44.9 percent and the Capital SL by 20.8 percent.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem stiffness weight

The Max 40 also outperformed both competitors in stiffness-to-weight tests. The design team chalks this up to the 22.4mm inner rim width. Paired with the all-new CADEX Race GC Tire and a rapid aerodynamic profile.

Jeff Schneider, Global Head of Product and Marketing for CADEX, remarked, “With the Max 40 WheelSystem, we’ve designed the best all-rounder road wheel CADEX has ever produced—an ideal balance for performance on various terrains.”

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem hub

CADEX Max 40 — Key Features

  • Integrated spoke, hub flange, and aero hub design for optimal weight savings, better power transfer, and improved aerodynamics.
  • CADEX hookless rim technology with optimized carbon layup improves durability and tire performance at a lightweight.
  • High-tensile-strength integrated CADEX Super Aero spokes with invisible nipples and independent spoke tension adjustment.
  • Dynamic Balanced Lacing technology sets spokes at a wider bracing angle to stabilize spoke tension levels under pedaling force.
  • 48-tooth ratchet engagement in the CADEX R3-C48 Aero Hub offers more immediate power transfer.
  • CADEX Ratchet Wave Spring ensures the outer and inner ratchet rings engage with consistent and even force for smoother action and better rolling efficiency.
  • Broad 22.4mm inner rim width creates a rounder tire profile and increased tire contact patch for better sidewall support, improved handling, and less rider fatigue.
  • 40mm rim profile delivers exceptional stability and aero benefits for all-day efforts.
  • In-mold carbon surface graphic technology blends CADEX logos into the carbon rim surface without the need for etching or decals.
  • Price: TBD
CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem tire rim

CADEX Race GC Tire

When CADEX releases a new wheel, it’s usually paired with a tire. They do this to optimize the wheel performance in a CADEX eco-system. The Max 40 launch is no different. The new CADEX Race GC is the right tire for the uber-efficient new wheelset. The Race GC is a performance tire designed for a smooth ride and balanced cornering.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem tire system

The carcass is 240 TPI CADEX’ Supple Race Casing’. The supple casing should be an excellent combination with the stiffness of the Max 40. The Race GC uses CADEX Race Shield puncture protection (something they use in their gravel tires) to keep the GC in contention and keep the weight down. The CADEX Race GC comes in at a claimed 279 grams.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem tire

The CADEX Race GC is a lightweight, high-performance tubeless tire that balances speed, cornering grip, and durability in equal measure. The new 240 TPI Supple Race Casing delivers increased rolling efficiency, while the proven CADEX RR-S Compound and a micro-profile shoulder provide reliable grip across varied road conditions.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem tire studio

Key Features GC Tires:

  • All-new 240 TPI Supple Race Casing combines nimble ride feel with increased rolling efficiency at just 279 grams.
  • Silica-based RR-S Compound for decreased rolling resistance and reliable grip in the corners.
  • Round tire profile with shallower sidewalls and protruded shoulders provides enhanced stability for cornering.
  • Slick center tread and micro-profile shoulders provide a perfect blend of speed and grip in varied conditions.
  • Race Shield puncture protection features an ultralight and cut-resistant Kevlar® material for long-haul durability.
  • Price: TBD
CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem race bar

Aero and Race Integrated handlebars

CADEX is no stranger to the carbon handlebar (having released many over the years). CADEX also released its first performance carbon stem last year. All the pieces have finally come together and are ready to work in one-piece construction.

The new one-piece CADEX Aero Integrated and CADEX Race Integrated handlebars are focused on slightly different audiences. Both handlebars are lightweight, fully integrated carbon stem-and-bar combinations that enhance aerodynamics with sleek internal cable routing.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem front aero

Aero Integrated handlebars

The CADEX Aero Integrated handlebar is designed for absolute speed and sprint stiffness. This is the bar you want on your race machine when performance outweighs comfort in the long run. Don’t look for much in the way of compliance, but expect a stiff sprint platform.

CADEX Aero Bar Meausre

The narrow width at the hoods combined with a long 80mm reach naturally puts the rider in an aero position, and a flattened top section reduces the frontal area for wind-slicing efficiency. The reach of the CADEX Aero Integrated is slightly longer than its Race brethren.

Comparing the aero performance of the CADEX Aero Integrated handlebar with the Giant Contact SLR handlebar and Contact SL AeroLight stem combination on a Giant performance road bike at a wind speed of 40kph, the Aero Integrated bar showed a savings of 1.23 watts.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem areo bar

Key Features — CADEX Aero Integrated handlebar

  • Integrated bar-and-stem construction and internal cable routing for improved aerodynamic performance.
  • One-piece, no-bond manufacturing on the drops, hoods, and tops utilizes high-grade carbon fiber and CADEX precision layup technique to eliminate the added weight and flex found in traditionally bonded bars.
  • Flattened tops improve aerodynamic efficiency.
  • 80mm reach and narrow width at the hoods for natural aero positioning.
  • T800 and T1100 carbon fiber keep weight low without compromising strength or stiffness.
  • Shallow drop makes transitions between hoods and drops fast and easy.
  • 3-degree flare delivers enhanced control when descending, cornering, and sprinting.
  • 2-degree backsweep and gently curved ramps provide better grip and support during long rides.
  • Shimano Di2 satellite shifter compatible.
  • Out-front computer mount included.
  • Compatible with 1-1/4”, 1-1/8”, and OverDrive Aero steerer tubes with included carbon shims.
  • Price: TBD
CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem race

CADEX Race Integrated Bar

On the other hand, the CADEX, Race Integrated bar is built for control and efficiency on long, hilly days. The Race bar is more of a do-it-all bar. With a slight bit of compliance for the long days on the road.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem

One-piece, no-bond manufacturing on the drops, hoods, and tops utilizes the CADEX precision layup technique to eliminate the added weight and flex found in traditionally bonded bars.T800 and T1100, carbon fiber layup, offer ultralight weight without compromising on strength and stiffness.

CADEX Max 40 WheelSystem race GC

The CADEX Race Integrated bar boasts a 72mm reach and 125mm drops. This drop and reach make for smooth and natural transitions as an 11-degree flare. Internal cable routing cleans up the cockpit and improves aerodynamics. CADEX claims the bar weighs 256 grams for a 420mm x 100mm combo.

The Aero Integrated and Race Integrated handlebars are available in 16 sizes with an out-of-front computer mount.

All four new CADEX performance road products will be available soon in select markets worldwide. For more information about each product.

www.cadex.com

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Greg
Greg
1 month ago

Good on them for offering very narrow widths, unlike a lot of other bars from big brands.

Cam
Cam
1 month ago
Reply to  Greg

They offer basically no stem length choice though, so just as impractical as other big brands.

Cam
Cam
1 month ago

I stand corrected. It would be nice to have a list of the sizes. I sifted through a bunch of the different international Cadex websites to piece together what they actually make since there doesn’t appear to be a list anywhere. It looks like size choices are going to be quite restricted from that 16 in most countries around the world.

Contrary to the diagram in the article it doesn’t look like they actually manufacture any combos with a 130 or 140mm stem. The narrow sizes also only come in short stems.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
1 month ago

Loving that contact patch image. Are the competitor tires at 300psi?

Collin S
Collin S
1 month ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

At 80 PSI, a 160lb rider will have a 1 sq inch per tire (average) tire patch regardless of the tire shape or width.

Robin
Robin
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

Approximately, force from casing compression will reduce the contact patch a tiny bit. The air pressure and tire casing effectively act as two springs in parallel.

Billyshoo
Billyshoo
1 month ago

Those wheels are incredible. But I want a silent rear hub. 🙂

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
1 month ago
Reply to  Billyshoo

Run an Onyx hub and Berd spokes but with no rim or tires. Same weight but way quieter and loose strings flopping around sounds fun.

blablabla
blablabla
1 month ago

Stealthy drafter – you’ll never know when he’s right on your ar*e… 😛

Evan
Evan
1 month ago
Reply to  blablabla

you can always just pedal to make your wheel silent…

Oliver
Oliver
1 month ago

Hookless and external width optimized for 25mm tires. No thanks.

Evan
Evan
1 month ago
Reply to  Oliver

and only $4000 for the set! glad to see those production savings trickle down to the consumer or some poor schlub would be paying $5000

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
1 month ago

hookless

B Barber
B Barber
1 month ago

Specialized had a tire like that in the 2000s that was a great cornering tire, wore out too quickly though

Lakes
Lakes
1 month ago
Reply to  B Barber

I remember it was kind of strange to ride, a sort of flip flop feeling as if the shoulder was in the wrong place. Was it an S works or Roubaix or both? I forget how they pitched it but it wasn’t a race tyre to ride.

WorkonSunday
WorkonSunday
1 month ago

What bike is that. Only logo seems to be on the top of seatstay

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
1 month ago
Reply to  WorkonSunday

argonaut

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Campagnolo compatible freehub?

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