Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 wheelsets - clincher

4.09/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $2250.00

Product Description

  • 14G Spokes
  • 16 / 16 Holes
  • 110GSM OCLV clincher rim
  • Clincher version of the new aero wheel designed
  • Passes all Bontrager testing for performance and durability

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve Zellers a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Strengths:    Ride Awesome and smooth..... Accelerate great !!!!

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel rubbing against the brake pads when sprinting. Strength of DT Swiss spokes and nipples.

Bottom Line:   
I got the Aeolus 5.0's back in 2008. The wheelset was good for 4000 miles and no problems until the nipples started to crumble. Just had all nipples and spokes replaced and not even 500 miles later ,4 spokes in the rear broke. Bontrager claims there is no rider weight limit, but myself being a 220 lb rider I am beginning to wonder. I also have the 6.5's and never had this problem but noticed the spokes are different. I love 5.0's but am thinking of upgrading to the newer non paired bonty hub version.

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Favorite Ride:   2007 Trek Madone 6.9 SSL

Price Paid:    $8500.00

Purchased At:   Jax Bicycles Irvine

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager XXX Clincher and Bontrager Aeolus 6.5 Clincher.

Bike Setup:   2007 Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with 7800 Dura Ace and full Bontrager XXX lite components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan Messina a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2011

Strengths:    Low weight. Quiet. Great hubs. High quality skewers.

Weaknesses:    The included stem extenders are cheesy. 60mm presta tubes work fine.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are incredible! I upgraded from a set of Neuvation 27mm aero wheels and can really tell a difference. I can't go fast enough to keep up with these wheels!

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Favorite Ride:   75th Street Brewery

Price Paid:    $1895.00

Purchased At:   Bike America - Overl

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Giant custom frame, Abici fork, full 105 group.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay Hemphill a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2011

Strengths:    Rolling!!!! Things just keep up momentum.

Weaknesses:    Weight, which makes steeper longer climbs a bit harder. But anything under a mile is no problem.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are GREAT. Highly under rated. They came on my Madone and I was a little put off by their weight but after riding them and comparing the ride to other wheels I have like the Shimano Dura Ace Carbon tubeless wheels and Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate I was blown away. I may Never ride my Dura Ace wheels again, unless it's rainy or super windy. The mavic CCU's only feel better on long climbs and short accelerations. The Bontragers just freaking roll, and roll and roll. I'm not sure if it is the aero properties or the bearings. I love them. They have been solid under my 190 pound ass.

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Favorite Ride:   Inner Loop

Purchased At:   Gila Hike and Bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Dura ace carbon tubeless, Mavic CCU, and Mavic ksryium ES

Bike Setup:   2010 madone 6.9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by north4827 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2011

Strengths:    Strength
Weight to aero ratio

Weaknesses:    Price. MSRP is steep!
quick releases are heavy. I swapped them out for 44g tune skewers.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are awesome. They came new on my 2010 MY Trek. I'm about 180lbs, but was 195lbs when I first started riding these. They track superbly, take the rough roads in, smoothing out the rough stuff... yet they are bombproof. I never had to have them trued, adjusted at all. At just 16 spokes per wheel, that amazes me! They felt faster immediately, and the weight is pretty darn good for this aero of a wheel. A great depth of 5.0 cm making these a great all-rounder. The decals are the best stylin' decals out there. I have mine in grey/silver with white spokes. The bomb! I would highly recommend these to anyone wanting a very strong, very aero all-rounder full carbon wheelset.

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Favorite Ride:   Mt. Diablo, CA

Purchased At:   Trek Pro City, Victo

Similar Products Used:   Reynolds DV46C UL, Bontrager XXX-Lites, Edge Composites 45 clinchers.

Bike Setup:   2010 Trek Madone 6.9, Sram Red.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by house a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2009

Strengths:    Good looking, as fast and light as any other carbon aero wheel. Trek warranty excellent.

Weaknesses:    Quality control is poor. When you pay $2000 for a set of wheels, you expect perfection. To have three wheels be faulty clearly there are production issues.

Bottom Line:   
First of all, these are a good, fast wheelset. They are on a par with most other carbon clinchers weight-wise. If anyone reckons Zipps and Mavics are faster [and vice-versa] then they are a better rider than me. They are easy to put tyres on and I think quite good looking.
My main beef however is quality control. Apparently these wheels are no longer USA built, rather bulit in Taiwan. When I took possession of my new wheels, the carbon on the back rim was clearly coming away from the aluminium braking surface. Trek gave me a new wheel, no questions asked. On my next ride, the front wheel braking was very 'on-off'. Trek again replaced the wheel due to a poor quality braking surface. The third wheel was exactly the same, and although offered a fourth wheel I have now swapped these for Mavics. I have at least another cyclist in my club with a similar experience.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere without cars

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   yellow jersey

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Cosmic Carbone

Bike Setup:   Tarmac S-Works, Dura ace

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