Bontrager 2008 Race X Lite wheelsets - clincher

3.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $850.00

Product Description

Redesigned for 2008, the new Race X Lite wheelset is stronger and more durable than ever. Featuring all-new, forged hub shells that are twice as strong as the previous generation and a new single-cross lacing pattern that nearly doubles the number of pulling spokes in the rear wheel, X Lite wheels continue to beat the competition with best in class weight and lateral stiffness.

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joe Carlino a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2010

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Rim/Spoke tension

Bottom Line:   
Have had 2 sets of Rave X Lites. Both rear wheels cracked at the spoke bed with less tha 2K miles on them. I'm only 175 lbs. and ride smooth roads. Very disappointed!

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Favorite Ride:   45 miler

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Spoke and Pump

Bike Setup:   Litepseed Classic/Dura Ace

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Silverelan a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight
5-year Bontrager Warranty (you'll need it)
Excellent skewers

Weaknesses:    Prone to be knocked out of true.
Quality control with failed wheel parts.

Bottom Line:   
Race X Lites have been problematic with several issues.

1) Wheels come out of true quite easily.
2) Freehub crapped out at 6000mi
3) Multiple spoke nipples failures on both front/rear wheels.

I'm 200lbs, so am no featherweight but Bontrager claims no weight limit so it shouldn't be a problem. It's possible the factory spoke tensions were incorrect from the get-go, but I know I'm not the only one who's had problems with the 2008 Race X Lites.

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Favorite Ride:   San Diego

Purchased At:   Local Trek Dealer

Similar Products Used:   2010 Mavic Ksyrium Elite

Bike Setup:   2008 Madone 5.2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DLEVETT a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff yet comfortable!

Weaknesses:    Non experienced yet.

Bottom Line:   
A great set of wheels.
I,m impressed by the quality and workmanship they offer for a relatively well priced mid range wheelset.
The hubs are very nice and roll really well, I like the sound that the rear hub makes it reminds me of my old DT Swiss hubs on my MTB.
They are plenty stiff while being reasonably comfortable, I,m a 200lb rider and cannot get them to flex when out of the saddle.

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Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Speed River Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek Aerohead and DA/Mavic CXP30 wheelsets

Bike Setup:   2007 60cm Trek Madone, Team Disco.
Full Sram Red with Easton carbon cranks.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GBS a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

Strengths:    liked them right up to point of losing spoke tonight

Weaknesses:    spoke failure at 500 miles

Bottom Line:   
Race Lite rear wheel spoke broke tonight at 518 miles from new this past May, had just been checked by LBS., Just snapped while in lowest gear peddling hard up steep incline, non drive side spoke, no signs of wheel cracks. Web search indicates failure is common for these wheels.Will see how good warranty is --stay tuned

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Favorite Ride:   SE CT

Purchased At:   Casters Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Ultegra and Shimano Duara Ace wheelsets-old but good

Bike Setup:   2008 Trek Madone 5.2, standard set up

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gimme Shoulder a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff both laterally and vertically.
Free rolling.
Reasonably light.
Good spin up.
Perfectly true after 3700mi.
Look good.
In my case, a rediculously low price.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
The Bontrager Race X Lite seems to be the Rodney Dangerfield of $800 wheelsets. There's been a lot of bashing on various forums. The paired spoke design has been heavily criticized lately, fueled by the fact that many manufacturers (including Bontrager) are abandoning it. And I think criticizm of the pre-2008 hubs, which apparently had some failure issues, have often been unduely applied to these wheels. But I've got to give them a standing "O". Of course getting them brand new at less than half price was a great start, but beyond that, I can't find any significant fault in them. They are reasonably light, on par with most other wheels at this price point (though I think they may have weighed in slightly higher than advertised). They are laterally stiff - I am 190 lbs and have my brakes set at less than 2mm, and I can't get them to rub the brakes in any mode - period. They seem vertically stiff, even with the large areas of unsupported rim associated with paired spoke. I've hit a number of teeth clensher pot hoes, with no issues. They spin up well without any wind-up that I can feel. They are out-of-the-box true after 3700 miles. They roll very nicely - routinely cruise past or at least match any other wheel when coasting downhill side by side. The rear hub may be a little loud for some, but does not bother me. I find the pewter finish, with white spokes and red and white accents appealing. The rim and hub accents and branding appear to be painted, rather than decals, and still look new.

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Favorite Ride:   Their all good - some are just better than others.

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Action Sports, Baker

Similar Products Used:   Mavic OEM wheels.
Neuvation M28.

Bike Setup:   '08 Cervelo RS, 56cm with Dura-Ace.

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