Bontrager Race X-Lite wheelsets - clincher

3.87/5 (62 Reviews)
MSRP : $699.00

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
  • Hubs are Swiss made, fully serviceable, triple sealed, cartridge bearing design; system uses aluminum axles and a star ratchet system in the rear; torque sharing, oversized, rear hub more effectively transfers torque to left side reducing wind-up and makes for a longer lasting wheel
  • Aluminum freehub body reduces weight and should be used with aluminum bodied cassettes
  • Spokes are butted and bladed stainless steel, as light as a DT Revolution, but 20% stronger – J-bend type spoke design allows for replacement with any standard 14g spoke in a pinch.
  • Bontrager Race X-Lite Road titanium skewers included
  • Weight: 660/870 grams

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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nathan

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2012

    Strengths:    Durability, lightweight, stiff

    Weaknesses:    none found

    Bottom Line:   
    Love these wheels! bought them last year and haven't had any problems with them. These are not the lightest or the stiffest wheels you can buy, but they do the job for me! Also, the durability of the hubs, spokes, and rims are superb. I ride these wheels around the streets of Baltimore City (abundant potholes) a lot of the time and hardly ever have to true them.

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

    Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010

    Strengths:    Superior hubs - DT Swiss 240 -over 20 thousand miles



    effectively aero for box section rims

    corner good

    despite cracking at a few eyelets, the wheels wheels are still holding strong after 20 thousand miles

    Bonti's 5 year warranty

    Weaknesses:    Rims at eyelets crack which is a continuing problem for Bonti.

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the 2008 RXL. Got over 20 thousand miles on them... NEVER had to service the hubs... still rolling like a champ!! Bonti uses DT SWISS 240 hubs and they are solid, smooth, durable and fast.
    This wheelset is a warranty replacement for an '05 RXL that deveolped cracks in rim. THESE rims have developed a small cracks in them too. There cracks at 2 or 3 eyelets in the rear wheel rim after about 10k or so miles, however I still ride them and the cracks have not gotten worse. These wheels keep rolling strong and I rarely have to true them.

    Bonti has a 5 year warranty on their wheels. I will ride these a little longer before I take the wheel in for warranty.

    I NEVER have to service the hubs.

    If Bonti RXL did not use DT Swiss hubs then I would not bother riding them.

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    Favorite Ride:   Your Momma

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by ufkick93 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: December 6, 2010

    Strengths:    Lighter than Race Lites. Have held together longer than my other Race Lites. Good training wheel. And as in my other Race Lite review "they are round, they roll."

    Weaknesses:    Still lack lateral stiffness that some other wheels are providing now.

    Bottom Line:   
    Nearly a year ago, I posted my review for the terribly built Race Lite wheels that came with my Madone. That LBS, soon there after, replaced the problem with a set of new RXLs. I have not had any problems from this set of wheels thus far. I use them as a training wheel and use my set of Topolino 2.0 Black series wheels as my primary race/climbing wheels. 195 lbs 6'0 sprinter. Gotta have more lateral stiffness in the rear wheel.

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    Favorite Ride:   Any

    Similar Products Used:   Topolino 2.0 Black Carbon Core

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by serotta 219 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

    Strengths:    Very fast for a 70's cyclist.

    Weaknesses:    I hate it when a hub pulls apart.(My old Campy Record hubs never did such a thing-even after 25,000 hard loaded miles)

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought a 2002 Lemond Maillot Jaune off ebay about four years ago. I'm a touring cyclist starting in the mid 70's with many thousand miles. It was exciting coming into a new age with fancy wheels. Last week when I was about 2-3 miles from home I broke a front spoke on my Bontrager X Lites. When I got home I realized the front hub had pulled apart!!

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    Favorite Ride:   Bear Spring Mt.

    Price Paid:    $835.00

    Purchased At:   e bay

    Similar Products Used:   Campagnolo Record from 70's

    Bike Setup:   2002 Lemond Maillot Jaune with full Dura Ace

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by earthgiro a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

    Strengths:    Nice when they worked.

    Weaknesses:    Only worked for two months/2000 miles

    Bottom Line:   
    Ok got myself a new 2009 Madone 5.2 with the Bontrager Race Lite wheelset. After two months/2000 miles started to get chain hang at 35 plus. Two trips to service didn't change much and on the third the found the rear axle worn and metal fragments in the rear hub. Three weeks later told no parts available and had no idea when parts would be available. Confirmed that with head office. Pretty Lame. Moved on to a nice new 2009 Roubaix SL2 with a Fulcrum Race One wheelset.

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    Favorite Ride:   Bontrager Race Lite

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