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    Anyone Have Alex Blizzerks?

    I have to build a couple of sets of wheels and both people are asking if the 70mm Blizzerk is as good as the Surly My Other Brother Darryl.
    I get it. The Darryl is 150bucks and the Blizzerk is 53.

    I know Alex makes the rim for Surly so I'm hoping the tubeless is good.
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    Played around some with the 90's and they seemed great. Talked to a wheelbuilder about the 70's and he seem to like them from a build standpoint but he mentioned something about using 14mm nipples due to where they exit the rim and being able to get a spoke wrench on them.

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    Iíve got the rebranded Lythic 70mm version. No complaints. Light, tough and inexpensive.

    Tubeless setup was a breeze. IMHO, only reason to go to MOBD is if you wanted an 80mm rim.

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    Who are you sourcing them through? Last I looked Q & JB didn't have them, nor the other distributors I have. Would love to try some

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    I have blizzerk 90's. I am a big fan, as it is a great hoop. It is essentially a thinner clown shoe, just with a tubeless profile.

    For the huckers out there (ME!!!), The Blizzerk 70, 90 & 100 are quite strong. The have great rim edge/bead reinforcement.





    Their Blizzerk 80 & 90 SL are lighter hoops with little to no rim edge bracing.




    I got my Blizzerks from the Bikesmiths in Wisconsin. https://www.thebikesmiths.com/

    Word on the street is Alex is bringing some carbon hoops to market, so we shall see. I only wish we could get the 100's here in the USA, otherwise i would be rocking a set... I really want the Blizzerk 100...

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    Cool looking rims!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rides Bikes View Post
    Who are you sourcing them through? Last I looked Q & JB didn't have them, nor the other distributors I have. Would love to try some
    I got mine right from Otso/Lythic and had them laced to DT350s locally.

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    Yep. Bikesmiths is selling the 70. I'm gonna grab some. They sound like the bomb diggity.

    I wish I could get some 90's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Played around some with the 90's and they seemed great. Talked to a wheelbuilder about the 70's and he seem to like them from a build standpoint but he mentioned something about using 14mm nipples due to where they exit the rim and being able to get a spoke wrench on them.
    At first I couldn't figure out why you would need longer nipples but the coffee just took effect and now I see it.
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    Had the 80's on a Minnesota and made the bike so much better, after that sold the bike so can't tell about longevity or quality.

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    Have a pair of the 80's, past couple seasons, also purchased from BikeSmiths. No issues, have not tried tubeless but they are not a tubeless rim, at least mine are not. Are the newer versions tubeless ready? I would also concur that I like them better than the Weinmen rims on my MN, which I also sold.

    Ah, followed the link, the 70's are tubeless ready.... oh boy, but I don't need it... N+1 rims too? very tempting to say the least...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    At first I couldn't figure out why you would need longer nipples but the coffee just took effect and now I see it.
    Yeah the spoke holes exit to close the the hollow section in the extrusion.

    On a side note I contacted Otso about a 27.5 version and they replied they should be available in about a month.
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    I put a set of 80ís on my wifeís bike. Easy to set up tubeless with either Fatty Strippers or shrink wrap. Very effective beadlocks will hold the tire on the rim at less than 2 PSI.
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    I just ordered another one from Bikesmiths, Iíve already built a wheel for my wifeís bike using one and it set up tubeless very easily. I have a Lithic installed on a bike now, it appears to be very similar to the Alex Blizzark 70, both weighed 660g which is a great weight for a fatbike rim. The internal dimension is 62 mm on both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Yeah the spoke holes exit to close the the hollow section in the extrusion.

    On a side note I contacted Otso about a 27.5 version and they replied they should be available in about a month.
    Sweet, would love some narrower 27.5Ē aluminums. Hard to get the 65mm mules


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    Tubeless is super. I absolutely walloped about 4 of them over the course of a year and never lost my seal. stayed straight even without tension on the spoke at the dent! I was using the 90's with 4" tires, a 5" was way better for that width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Yeah the spoke holes exit to close the the hollow section in the extrusion.

    On a side note I contacted Otso about a 27.5 version and they replied they should be available in about a month.
    This is great news! Iím hoping that theyíll be available from Alex as well. Iím anal retentive and I donít like the Lythic branding. I see that the Alex version has a removable sticker. As crazy as it sounds, I might buy another set just to have them all black.

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    I set one of my 80s up tubeless with no tape, just the factory (?) Rim strip.

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    This is all good to hear. I have a pair of 70's on the way. I'll let you guys know how they work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    This is all good to hear. I have a pair of 70's on the way. I'll let you guys know how they work out.
    The 70s are great. Hand pump great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turd View Post
    I set one of my 80s up tubeless with no tape, just the factory (?) Rim strip.
    Are you not going to run sealant in them? Iím guessing that any sealant that you add will find its way underneath the rim strip, if the air you added hasnít already done the same thing. One layer of yellow Whisky tape is all ya need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    Are you not going to run sealant in them? Iím guessing that any sealant that you add will find its way underneath the rim strip, if the air you added hasnít already done the same thing. One layer of yellow Whisky tape is all ya need.
    Yes, running sealant without leaks. The rim strip is wall to wall and very tight, almost like it was molded to the rim. First, I trimmed down the front rim strip and added tape because I had no chance in hell removing it. When I was doing the front, it made me wonder what would happen if I just removed the tube on the rear and pumped it up.

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    Are the lythics just rebranded alex rims?


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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Are the lythics just rebranded alex rims?


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    Yes with a 27.5 version coming soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Are the lythics just rebranded alex rims?


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    Mostly.

    Same rim, but the Lythics are anodized black and the Alex is powder coated black. Lythic is 30g lighter.

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    So the UPS man just dropped off a pair of 70mm Blizzerks five minutes ago. I gotta say, for 53 dollars apiece they are sweet. I think the spokes and nipples will be here Wednesday and the hubs on Monday. Can't wait to build em.
    I'm gonna order up some 90's for my son.
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    I forgot to add my contribution to this. I got my Rhyolite (blizzerk's) from Otso about 3 weeks ago. I built them up silly like, straight pull Roval hubs, offset for my pugsley. With the offset, I was at 276mm for both sides of spokes, so I had my buddy use the Morizumi and cut them down. I built it up one day in the morning while kiddo was watching Thomas & Friends (I am growing tired of that show...)

    It built up great! nice and easy, a few wobbles/hops to get out, but I mostly blame the straight pull spokes, I have yet to have one lace up without needing to finesse it initially before doing any tensioning. This is a MUCH stiffer rim than the Mulefut 80, I felt much more confident with it.
    I used the provided Otso rim strip, and a double layer of Tyvek, complete weight is 1172 (it shows 1178, but I had a washer on my scale to keep the wheel from rolling off; my garage is angled downwards....)

    I also used standard 12mm brass nipples on it. There is clearance between the spoke nipple and the "bump" profile of the rim, but it can interfere with the spoke wrench a little bit, mostly towards the final steps of the build. With the 3sided DT swiss spoke wrench, it still grabs, but not quite all of the nipple. I finished it off with the Park Tool spoke wrench because it was a little easier for me.

    Just waiting on a XG1175 then I'll be rolling it on the Pugsley with a 4.6 of some flavor...


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    Cool! I am so excited to build these.

    I think since they're only 70mm wide I'm going to suggest Ednas to my friend. Buds may be a LITTLE fat.
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    If you go with the Edna (or your friend rather) on the 70mm, please measure it! I'd love to know the width of it, I'm sure it would fit just fine, but hesitant to pull that trigger myself.
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    My Rhino came with the 90 SL and havenít had any issues. Super easy to setup tubeless using 4.8 JJís and seem pretty light.

    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    So the UPS man just dropped off a pair of 70mm Blizzerks five minutes ago. I gotta say, for 53 dollars apiece they are sweet. I think the spokes and nipples will be here Wednesday and the hubs on Monday. Can't wait to build em.
    I'm gonna order up some 90's for my son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rides Bikes View Post
    If you go with the Edna (or your friend rather) on the 70mm, please measure it! I'd love to know the width of it, I'm sure it would fit just fine, but hesitant to pull that trigger myself.
    I will for sure. I'll speak to him tomorrow and order whichever tire he wants. He's pretty light, maybe 150 or 160 so he doesn't need 4.8" tires. The bike will take 5" tires so no problem fitting Ednas on this one. I hope he goes for them because I'm dying to see a pair in the flesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBran View Post
    My Rhino came with the 90 SL and havenít had any issues. Super easy to setup tubeless using 4.8 JJís and seem pretty light.
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