Bontrager Race X Lite Aero wheelsets - clincher

3.24/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $750.00

Product Description

  • This aerodynamic wheel is a proven performer
  • Swiss-made cartridge-bearing hubs with star ratchet drive system
  • Spokes are 14G bladed stainless steel
  • J-bend type spoke design allows for replacement

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by CB

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2013

Strengths:    Lite wheel set cuts thru air

Weaknesses:    I had the Bont Race Lite set up as 2nd set with diff cluster than my work out Mavic wheels. Blew a knee and rehabed for 2 yrs. Getting back to serious riding I went to put new tires on this set. It had been hanging on a closest hook (no bike) for 2 yrs. Total rides maybe 4 total of 300 net mi on them. I was dumbfounded to take them off the hook and see the whit metal flanges o of the hub had cracked off. Useless now. With special spoke pattern I am skewered in the pocket book to replace.

Bottom Line:   
Poorly constructed hub leaves riders vulnerable

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PMartel a Commuter

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2012

Strengths:    Roll very smooth, aerodynamic and never trued them. I weight 185lbs and live in Quebec...many potholes. Roulements doux et rapide, aerodynamique et je n'ai jamais eu à les redresser.

Weaknesses:    I cracked the rear hub once (side hit) but Bontrager gave me a new wheel and no problem since then. Not very good in hard acceleration. J'ai du faire échanger ma roue arriere car bris du moyeu suite à un coup latéral. Excellent service de Bontrager et jamais eu d'autre problèmes ensuite.

Bottom Line:   
I love those wheel in windy conditions. These are aerodynamics but not dangerous with crosswind like deeper rims. Very satisfied with that wheels but a bit expensive. J'adore ces roues lors de grand vent car elle sont très aerodynamiques mais aucunement sensibles au vent latéraux comme les jantes hautes.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Norton Homer a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2012

Strengths:    Light, fast, stiff, excellent accelerations.

Weaknesses:    Dangerous hub flange failures.

Bottom Line:   
Hubs fail, especially the rear drive side spoke flange, suddenly releasing two spoke and throwing the wheel so far out of true that it won't turn. Trek extended the warranty on these to 5 years. Their reps admit excessive failure rate on them and that it is a safety issue, but no help beyond 5 years. They need to recall them for safety and consumer confidence. Trek Customer service number: (800)313-8735. Also file a report at at The Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into this. The more reports, the better. Trek redesigned in 2010 to get rid of this problem.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hrvat a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2011

Strengths:    strong-have survived bad roads on both sides of oregon
good braking
stay true

Weaknesses:    stickers look stupid. take them off and save some grams. black rims look good in mud, dirt, and shine.

Bottom Line:   
i have between 4000-5000 miles on these wheels so far. i believe they are the 2009 model. the hubs are smooth on these wheels, which is really nice for a cheaper wheelset.i've had to true them maybe twice, and when i did they had to be tweaked,so they were more or less true already. i weight 185 and on a good day can get down to 182 ish. when i started getting heavier during the colder months (need to work on that) the rear wheel has a light popping noise coming from the spokes that cross each other grinding. so i don't think i'd recommend these for anyone 190+. no wear anywhere on the wheels i can see, everything just shows years of normal use. i've hit 55mph down hill with no problems. i've ridden them in lots of wind-headwind, cross wind- and they've kept on spinning despite it all, and i haven't noticed any pull like i have on some alluminum aero rims that act like a sail. but....i've also ridden the rolf prima tdf58 carbon in crosswinds and they didn't show any side pull either, so these cheap bontrager's do possess some aero qualities. no doubt the low spoke count helps. the reason i mention this is i've ridden some really cheap stock rims that had like 90 spokes or something: super slow, heavy, got tangled in air, everything bad about a wheelset was in this wheelset. so if you're looking to go the next step up, these are better than the stock wheels that comeon lower end bikes.

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Favorite Ride:   any ride outdoors

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   trek dealer

Similar Products Used:   nothing similer. everything used was either of cheaper quality or far superior

Bike Setup:   kuota kom
ultegra 6700 group, pedals
rotor crank and q-rings
deda zero100 bars and stem

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

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011

Strengths:    Fast. Good for climbing. Look great. Semi aero. That's why I'm giving them a 4...for now.

Weaknesses:    Im always afraid that a problem will occur. Hopefully if anything happens it will be this winter while they are sittin in my garage and not while I'm riding.

Bottom Line:   
Good set of wheels so far! No problems yet (probably due to the fact i weigh 115 lbs). However, I'm afraid of problems in the future as everyone says.

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Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   County Cycles

Bike Setup:   2009 Bianchi Mono-q 928 with Sram Force

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