Bontrager Race XXX Lite Carbon wheelsets - clincher

4.5/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $2000.00


Product Description

  • Presta Valve
  • New carbon hubs
  • Alloy locking nipples
  • 14/17/14G Spokes


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rose.johnp a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2013

Strengths:    Light, they're fun to ride.

Weaknesses:    Braking & they're super light- I'm 200+ lbs.

Bottom Line:   
I love these wheels- I'm 200+ lbs gorilla pounding on them, so they get trued every 4-6 months. But they are fast- or at least they make me feel faster! (which is what's really important). Braking is a shortfall- if you're into that kind of thing. If you like to go fast, that's not an issue of course. And braking in the rain is non-exsisent. Prefect for the dry weather rider who's not packing any extra weight.

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Price Paid:    $1000.00

Bike Setup:   Madone 6.9 SSL w/ mech DA.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt Matthews a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2011

Strengths:    Light, strong

Weaknesses:    Braking

Bottom Line:   
After researching wheels, reading the reviews, and talking to people who love to ride these wheels are what I kept coming back to. Since tubulars were not an option for me this wheelset was one of the lightest carbon clincher out there. These wheels make a difference in sprinting, climbing, and maintaining a high cadence. They roll smooth and fast. The braking takes some getting used to, not that it is bad however alloy wheels have a much better braking surface. These wheels will make a significant difference in performance.

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Favorite Ride:   Trek madone

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Trek store

Similar Products Used:   Dt Swiss, Mavic

Bike Setup:   Trek Madone, SRAM force


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by rwademan a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010

Strengths:    strong,good looking

Weaknesses:    heavy ,slow,ride bad

Bottom Line:   
just plain bad way over priced may be good for bigger riders but they rool bad feel bad and break bad

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Favorite Ride:   ojai

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   trek

Bike Setup:   trek 6


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by turbocarr a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2009

Strengths:    Light, aero, strong, smooth, great customer service. Highly devoloped.

Weaknesses:    Alloy rims stop a little better. Swiss stop pads work much better than the cork pads that come with the wheels.

Bottom Line:   
Looking for full carbon clincher wheels so I wouldn't have to deal with or worry about switching brake pads or ruining my carbon tubies (404) with regular brake pads for racing. A fellow racer had a pair and highly recommended then, describing them as "bomb proof". Being 30 lbs heavier and a sprinter, I was sceptical. I bought them anyways based on his recommendation and they haven't disappointed. The braking service (front) on the first set was a bit rough for my liking. Bontrager switched them out for a new wheel, no questions asked. Great customer service. Thinking of getting a set of 5.0's in place of my 404 clinchers.

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Favorite Ride:   Ojai

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Trek of San Diego

Similar Products Used:   Zipp 404 (clinchers & tubies), Ksyriums, Dura Ace 7801.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Archon, SRAM. 14.8 lbs w/pedals.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brendon Soo a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2008

Strengths:    Fast spin up speed
Easy to lube DT Swiss HUBs
Silky smooth and shock absorbing
Powerful stopping with Swissstop Flash Yellow pads


Weaknesses:    Price
Requirment for expensive special brake pads
....but well worth it!


Bottom Line:   
I’m an ex-gym based 200lb rider and have had these wheels for 1 month now. Initially I was skeptical if these carbon wheels could cope with my weight and power under acceleration. Beyond just a little flex at the rear (they just touch the brake pads either side under full acceleration), they have proved to be absolutely fabulous. They’re noticeably faster and lighter that my previous Bontrager Race X Lite Aero wheels and actually allow me to roll 10-15% faster than my other cycling buddies down most hills. I particularly like the shock absorbing aspect of carbon fiber > it instills a higher sense of confidence when descending on not so smooth surfaces that are prevalent in Australia. On the flip side, these wheels struggled to pull me up (read… allow me to adjust entry speed for corners) when descending hard down some steep familiar hills. Both the Bontrager cork and the Kool Stop carbon specific brake pads struggled with my weight and proved absolutely inferior to the Swissstop Flash Yellow pads. They now stop 50% BETTER than my old Dura Ace pad/alloy rim combination. I’m in heaven …. I now have the best of both worlds. My secret is now out … so go out and grab this combo and your buddies won’t know what hit em!!

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Favorite Ride:   Akuna Bay in Sydney, Australia

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race Lite Clinchers
Bontrager Race X Lite Clinchers
Bontrager Rax X Lite Aero Clinchers


Bike Setup:   2007 Trek Madone SSL 6.9
Shimano 10 Speed Dura Ace Groupset
Fizik Aliante Carbon Ti saddle
Look Keo Carbon Cro-Mo pedals
Michelin Krylion Carbon 700c x23 tyres (training)
Bontrager Race XXX Lite 700c x22 tyres (race day)
Swissstop Flash Yellow brake pads



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