Bontrager Race wheelsets - clincher

2.63/5 (65 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Rims are welded for superior strength and machined for smooth braking
  • Semi-aero front rim provides excellent aerodynamics
  • Hubset utilizes smooth sealed cartridge bearings for years of dependable service
  • Not compatible with Campagnolo
  • Spokes are 14G bladed stainless steel with brass locking nipples
  • J-bend type allows for replacement


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

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2014

Strengths:    I thought these were lightweight and easy to handle, until...

Weaknesses:    one of the spokes broke, so are definitely the weakest imo. New wheels had some bend spokes. The bike shop told me not to worry about it :S.

Bottom Line:   
I thought these were pretty good wheels (they came with my 2013 Trek Madone 5.2). Coming from the heaver 2008 Madone 4.5 I thought these were very light, strong and gave me good acceleration. I'd never paid much attention to the wheels I was using, but after a spoke broke, within 3000 miles of riding, I brought it the bikeshop and the folks there hadn't really any possitive words about this wheel. "well, it's entry-level". Spokes were bend, one broken (making the wheel very unstable.) Can't trust these wheels anymore and after some research I'm going for the dura ace c24s as those seem great and are on sale. I don't which wheels I had on the Madone 4.5 but those lasted 5 years and about 12000 miles (the rim got too thin), never had a broken spoke, which is I guess the reason I never researched wheels (while I've researched almost everything else on the bike :S) Ow well, I'm disappointed about the quality. Also, why put the cheapest wheels on a fairly expensive bike that has all Ultegra parts on em?
Anyway, nice wheels for when you're new to cycling, don't do the long rides and don't climb very much.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joe B

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2014

Strengths:    They held together for the first 1200 miles

Weaknesses:    Irresponsable choice of materials.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels cracked after 1200 miles. Small, 1/2 inch cracks radiating from the spoke nipple. My riding partner checked his wheels after my discovery and noticed many fractures as well. Kieth Bontrager should not be putting his name on this poorly designed and manufactured product.


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

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2014

Strengths:    Don't know yet

Weaknesses:    Cracked rim after only 4 months.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my Trek Domane 4.7 in December 2013, and the Bontrager Race wheels came with the bike. After 4 months, cracks have appeared in the rear wheel around the spoke, on the drive side. Pretty disappointing for a brand new bike.


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

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2014

Strengths:    Nice looking rims

Weaknesses:    Durability

Bottom Line:   
I picked up my Trek Damone 4.5 in July 2013. I have ridden this thing like crazy and love the bike. However, I noticed that the rear rim has issue. The other day, I noticed cracks around rear rim spoke eyelets. This is a GREAT concern as I have been riding for over 14 years and NEVER saw this on any of my bikes. Based on all of the reviews, I am thinking they need to just eliminate this product.

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Similar Products Used:   Mavic wheels and other Bontrager wheels

Bike Setup:   Trek Domane 4.5


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Lombard a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2013

Strengths:    Light
Stayed true for 4,000 miles
Good quality bearings – hubs roll nice and smooth


Weaknesses:    Developed cracks around rear rim spoke eyelets at 4,000 miles.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels came on my 2007 Trek Pilot 5.0. To be fair, they stayed true for 4,000 miles and worked flawlessly with no problems that whole time. Bearings are top notch and seem like there is no rolling resistance.

HOWEVER, at 4,000 miles, a rear spoke broke. I managed to adjust tension on other spokes well enough to finish 30 more miles of riding. Right after the ride, took bike to LBS and it was discovered that the rear rim was developing cracks around the spoke eyelets. This appears to be a design defect with these particular Bontrager Race wheels where the spokes were grouped in pairs which created stress points on the rim. To be fair again, Bontrager/Trek appears to have corrected this problem and if you look at the design of the newer Bontrager Race wheels, the spokes are now evenly spaced, not paired. Only time will tell if this design change solves the problem.

I had the rear wheel replaced with a Mavic Aksium which appears to be a good quality budget road rim. Don’t know if it’s the placebo effect or real, but the bike feels more stable. Front Bontrager Race wheel is still OK. According to LBS mechanic, front does not take anywhere near the load the rear does. However, I will be keeping an eye on it.

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Favorite Ride:   Any road ride with good hills and scenery.

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Aksium

Bike Setup:   Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x25c tires
Mavic Aksium rear wheel
Serfas Rx Men’s Saddle
Shimano 11-32T Cassette



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