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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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I’ve 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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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. :thumbsup:

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





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... :madman:

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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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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...
 

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I put a set of 80’s on my wife’s 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, I’ve already built a wheel for my wife’s 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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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 27.5” 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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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! I’m hoping that they’ll be available from Alex as well. I’m anal retentive and I don’t 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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