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    Stooge thebankman's Avatar
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    Alex Z1000 rims - blessed by God

    At first I thought the ultra-low-grade Alex Z-1000/generic spoke wheels that came on my Crossroads were not going to hold up very well...After having them for a year, they're probably the most reliable wheels anyone could ask for.

    Facts:
    I'm well over 200 lbs
    Wheels regularly hop curbs, hit pot holes, and the front comes down from wheelies many times each ride
    Wheels ridden at least once a week for past year and a half, also during rainy season
    One rear spoke was broken (from abuse) and professionally replaced
    Abused- I nearly never clean them, never true them until they're completely out of whack (which almost never happens), and sometimes whack the spokes on solid objects

    Final proof: someone "doored" me with a car door recently, I avoided it but forgot the front alex rim I had tied to my bag which caught the door and pulled the door the wrong way! After getting home, I thought the rim, spokes or both were destroyed. Not only was nothing broken or dented, but the wheel was still true. You can't ask for a more solid wheel. Put a cloth rim strip in it and it'll work without complaints.

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    Agreed

    I completely agree! Who needs $1500 hand-made rims when these less-expensive rims work just as well, if not better? I have a set of these wheels on my Specialized Hardrock XC and love them. After two and a half years of riding violently off-road, they are still true and have not had any structural damage.

    If I ever upgrade to more expensive mountain bike, I'm definetely putting these on! They're the best stock wheels I've ever seen!

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    Senior Member Homeyba's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Arson Joe View Post
    I completely agree! Who needs $1500 hand-made rims when these less-expensive rims work just as well, if not better?
    Me. Nothing wrong with a good set of beater wheels though.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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