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What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?(10 posts)

What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?PwAg
Oct 1, 2001 12:53 PM
Bontrager Race X-Lites...why do you think Trek has outdone with Rolf wheelsets on there 5500/5900 series roadies this year? To be frank, I've never heard of Bontrager until now. Anyone have personal experience with them? Please let me know. I may have to make a decision between Rolf Sestrieres and these X-Lites, so I'm starting to feverishly research both...and hopefully I can get a test drive on both.

Thanks for any info in advance. Great site!!!

Best,
Peter
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?Len J
Oct 1, 2001 1:23 PM
Do a search on this siteof Bontrager & Rolf.

Basically, Rolf & Trek had a liscence agreement where Rolf wheels would be used by Trek. It expired this year & Rolf decided to go out on his own. Trek has owned Bontrager for a couple of years & decided to launch thier own road wheel line (using Rolf technology with enough mod to not violate the patents)under the Bontrager name. There is very little history on these wheels.

You might be better off with something more proven. IMO.

This may not be totally correct, but I think it's close.

BTW, I have a 5500 with the Rolf S's that I love, the wheels have been bulletproof, and I love the hubs.

Len
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?DC
Oct 1, 2001 1:57 PM
Bontrager makes excellent MTB parts. Don't know about road wheels, but suspect the quality would be on par with the rest of their stuff. Rumor has it that Rolf and Trek parted ways, due in part to Trek's *spotty* customer service. BTW, I have a pair of Rolf Vector Pros on my '99 Zurich - great wheel set! And you gotta love that Hugi hub announces your arrival... :)
Rolf no longer contracted with TrekChris Zeller
Oct 1, 2001 1:27 PM
Rolf and Trek have parted ways. I don't know the details around this. I asked the Trek representative and they weren't giving details. These Bontranger wheels are new this year and appear to use a design similur to the Vector and Vector Comps. The paired spokes are kept a minimum distance away from each other so as not to infringe on Rolf's patent. The Vector pro has spokes nearly on top of each other.

Bontranger makes good components. I've never ridden these wheels but habe their stems, bars, tires and pedals on my MTB. They have been around for a while and their stuff is as good as any other top level production company--Mavic, etc.
Rolf no longer contracted with TrekRupunzel
Oct 2, 2001 9:58 PM
I asked a Rolf dealer about this and he told me the following. Shimano who is a major supplier to Trek altered but essentially copied the Rolf wheel design in an atempt to not violate the Rolf patent and Trek did nothing about this. This lead to very heated discussions between Rolf and Trek and the results were them parting company.
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?Dozer
Oct 1, 2001 1:34 PM
I have Bonty Race wheels on my mtb. They are decent wheels, but they have never made road wheels before now.
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?BillC
Oct 1, 2001 2:41 PM
I recently bought a new Lemond Zurich with the Bontrager Race Lite wheelset (Note: One setp down from their Race X Lite) and so far have had excellent results. No problems at all. They look very similar to the Rolfs and are no doubt comparable to the Rolf Vector Comps. I've had them about two months, ridden quite a few miles, over a few bumps and they're in great shape. So far so good . . .
I love my sestrieres...YoungRcR
Oct 1, 2001 3:25 PM
They have stayed true and roll fast. SOme people on this board say they are ugly but i love them on my bike (pic will be up soon) I have some bontrager wheels on my MTB, rims only actually and they have done great. But i would go for the sestrieres, especially since i only gave $400 for mine :-)
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?Broke Spoke
Oct 1, 2001 8:01 PM
Bill C, How do you like the Zurich? What did it cost you? I'm about to get one myself. Is Yours the 2002?
re: What's the low down on new Bontrager wheelsets on Trek 5900?BillC
Oct 3, 2001 1:52 PM
To Broke Spoke:
I got a new 2002 Lemond Zurich at the beginning of August and I love it. Corniers, nice, rides true and is an all-round sweet sweet bike. Nothing changed from the 2001 except for the colors and the Bontrager Wheels. And so far, those have been just great. I paid about 2 grand for the bike, and it includes a shorter 105 mm stem. Everhting else is stock, including the San Marco Era seat, which I also like, btw.

Bill C