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#63702 - 04/07/12 01:53 AM Any Fixe Alien owners out there?
fear Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 06/27/03
Posts: 221
Loc: New England
Alright...I'll say it. My C3's are a poor replacement for my beloved, but potentially headless, Aliens..

Has anyone actually used the new Fixe Aliens? I liked them at Rock n' Snow but have heard few field reports.

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#63703 - 04/07/12 02:53 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: fear]
cfrac Offline
addict

Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 462
Yes, they are great. I replaced my blue and it's pretty much identical except that its a little less stiff or shall I say flaccid? At $80 each I will only slowly be replacing the other colors.

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#63704 - 04/07/12 03:13 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: cfrac]
SethG Offline
old hand

Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 710
Loc: NYC
Yeah I got a blue Fixe and it's an Alien, just like old times.

I have a full set of the Totem Basic Cams, I love them.
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#63774 - 04/10/12 01:33 PM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: SethG]
empicard Offline
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Registered: 08/29/01
Posts: 2957
Loc: LI, NY
Anyone put them to the test yet?
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#63802 - 04/10/12 09:54 PM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: empicard]
Chas Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 1754
Loc: Flagstaff
Dude,

What don't you like about the C3's?

Oh, different question altogether.

I threw out my Aliens long before the issues since I destroyed them on a yearly basis given the soft aluminum. They would keep mushrooming over and I'd keep filing the burrs off until I couldn't anymore. The C3's fit where nothing else works, they are smooth as butter and insert like a syringe, and I've taken countless 30fters onto the green 0 (atleast 10 on one route alone), and the purple 00 with them working with ease, and have only taken short falls onto the 000. The head width also gives them options to place where nothing else goes being atleast 20% narrower then the aliens.

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#63819 - 04/11/12 02:14 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: Chas]
rg@ofmc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 12/25/99
Posts: 2472
Loc: Poughkeepsie, NY
I'm with Chas; C3's beat Aliens, especially in the Gunks, where head width can make all the difference between getting something in and having nothing. The only Alien that is still useful is the green one, because it fills an unfortunate gap in the C3 sizing.

(Full disclosure: I still have Aliens on my rack besides the green one, 'cause I own them and I haven't sprung for a double set of C3's. But having both makes the superiority of C3's evident.)

(More disclosure: in the two sizes above a yellow C3, the best cams are the blue and yellow Totems---not the Totem Alien copies, the real Totem cams. Actually, I think all the Totem cams are the best cams in their sizes.)

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#63823 - 04/11/12 02:45 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: Chas]
fear Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 06/27/03
Posts: 221
Loc: New England
I still use C3's but they just never seem to fit anywhere as well as the Aliens did esp. in the Gunks... I think there's something about the flexible stem too that somehow just felt more secure when testing a particular placement.

I'll give the guinea pigs another year or so to run and see if any problems crop up.

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#67417 - 02/17/13 02:27 PM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: fear]
worthrussell Offline
journeyman

Registered: 04/11/10
Posts: 90
Loc: NY, Brooklyn
Go with totem basics. Cheaper and better made imo. I did get the fixe black and blue because totem doent make those sizes. Cant go wrong ive taken a couple falls on them and they seem no worse for wear. Placing them inspires. c3s have there place as well, im just not a huge fan

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#67418 - 02/18/13 02:32 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: worthrussell]
fotovult Offline
member

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 141
Loc: ny
I picked up the black and am pretty stoked on it. Will report back on how it hold up in falls...
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#67419 - 02/18/13 05:02 AM Re: Any Fixe Alien owners out there? [Re: fotovult]
rg@ofmc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 12/25/99
Posts: 2472
Loc: Poughkeepsie, NY
The general opinion is that Totem Basics are better. In addition to better "fit and finish," the heads are narrower in each size. Have a look at http://www.mountainproject.com/v/totem-vs-fixe-aliens/107710759 for more information and comparison photos.

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