Bontrager Race Lite wheelsets - clincher

3.32/5 (135 Reviews)
MSRP : $449.00

Product Description

  • Rims are welded for superior strength and machined for smooth braking – 20 hole, 23mm semi-aero front rim provides excellent aerodynamics (especially with 23c tire), while the 24 hole, 21mm rear rim with OSB improves lateral rigidity and prolongs wheel life
  • Rear hub is Swiss made, fully serviceable, with a combination of cartridge and needle bearings; torque sharing design improves wheel stiffness and wheel life, while steel freehub body will not get marred up with use
  • Front hub has large cartridge bearings and an oversized aluminum axle
  • Spokes are 14G bladed stainless steel; J-bend type allows for replacement with any standard 14G spoke in a pinch
  • Bontrager Race Lite Road Cro-moly skewers included
  • Weight: 740/1020 grams

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ed a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: January 17, 2012

    Strengths:    Customer service of local bike shop

    Weaknesses:    Broke 2 rear wheels in 3 years

    Bottom Line:   
    I love these wheels - when they don't break. Stayed true even though I am 190 lbs. Pretty light and aero. I used them in all sorts of rides.

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    Favorite Ride:   Turnball Canyon

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Pasadena Cyclery

    Bike Setup:   Trek Madone with Ultegra

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by jhighsinger a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2011

    Strengths:    Roll smooth and stiff, fairly light, especially the Race X Lite.

    Weaknesses:    Durability.

    Bottom Line:   
    Junk. These came stock on my Trek. Six months in, a spoke pulled through the rear rim. One year later, popped a spoke, discovered cracks all around the wheel. Same story less than a year later. And again. Then the rep upgraded me to a Race X Lite. Three months, eyelet came out. Next Race X Lite showed cracks within 3k miles.
    The front fared better, so I didn't notice the multiple cracks in it until after the 5-year warranty period. Not sure how long they were there though.
    I am a bit of a Clydesdale (200 lbs.), and ride hard but not on rough terrain. These wheels are junk.
    To their credit, Bontrager replaced every one free of charge, the last one even past the warranty period. The service, and the fact that the wheels performed well when not broken warrants a mediocre rating. After all, I did get 5+ years out of them.
    Great service, bad product.

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    Favorite Ride:   Anywhere

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic CXP22, Alex Race 28

    Bike Setup:   2004 Trek 5000, Ultegra triple group.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Joe DePalma a Commuter

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2011

    Strengths:    Bladed spokes, looks, price

    Weaknesses:    Paired spoke design puts too much stress on such a small rim area

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought the wheels on a closeout at my LBS. They were on a 2008 Trek Madone 5.2 floor model and had seen probably 300 miles or so before I bought them. They look good, and the bladed spokes are pretty aerodynamic, but the rear rim developed cracks only after 50 miles of riding on northern Delaware roads. The paired spoke design tries to solve a problem that never existed. Paired spokes put too much pressure over a small rim surface, and thus the rim cracks. Front is perfect (since there's less weight pounding it while riding).

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    Favorite Ride:   New Castle loop, Delaware

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Line

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, Matrix 750, BWW Pure CX wheels

    Bike Setup:   2007 Trek 7.2 FX with Bontager carbon XC fork, full Ultegra drivetrain, and TRP Euro cantilever brakes

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by murbike a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2011

    Strengths:    Tough wheels.

    Weaknesses:    Haven't found any.

    Bottom Line:   
    The Bonty Race Lites came with my bike ('06 LeMond Sarthe) - I expected them to last 2, 3 years max. It's been over 5 now, and they are just starting to show the wear. I'm a 'heavier' rider, and can really work on wheels.

    This wheelset has really surprised me - they've gone out of true maybe 3 times.

    I am very impressed.

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    Favorite Ride:   The one with the wind at my back. On a downhill.

    Purchased At:   Pedal Power Middleto

    Similar Products Used:   Handbuilt Mavics

    Bike Setup:   Blah, blah, blah

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by TimT a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

    Bottom Line:   
    The rear wheel contibually went out of true, sometimes required straightening after each ride. Eventually I bought a new rim but that just did the same, and worse because the rim itself began to show cracks around the spoke holes. I have now left the wheel with the dealer (Alpine Bikes in Aberdeen) who refused to give a refund. I think there is a fundamental design flaw as there are simply too few spokes to take the stress going int the back wheel. The front wheel was always fine. Won't be buying any more Trek products or using Alpine Bikes again.

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