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Bontrager Race Lite Wheels(3 posts)

Bontrager Race Lite WheelsBacco
Apr 22, 2002 5:11 PM
I have experienced an unsettling effect using Bontrager Race Lite wheels. Whenever I come out of the saddle to pull over the top of a steep hill, it feels like the front tire has turned to mush when I start rocking the bike side-to-side. I actually thought the front wheel had gone flat the first couple times it happened. At the top of the hill, as I straighten the wheel out, I get a second or two of the front wheel continuing to pull slightly side-to-side - not visibly, but I definitely can feel it through the handlebars. It's really weird. I dropped my bike off at my LBS to have this checked out. I am guessing this problem could be a manifestation of lower than proper tension on the front wheel spokes. I can't imagine what else would cause something like this. Anyone else experience anything like this?
Mavic and similar phenomenon...Illusion??128
Apr 24, 2002 7:47 AM
What you describe sounds familiar to a weird sensation I had last night in the middle of a hill while pulling similarly as you describe; had occasion to think "is the front wheel underinflated?" It was not and i really havn't thought much of it until your post. I'm inclined to think it's a phantom feeling from the hill angle, frame flex, air pressure, and body motion....?? It was like the wheel was coming up out of the ground after I returned to each apex of my movement, which I suppose it does as the wheel is pushed into the hill (compresses) and then comes back into shape...
In any event, the wheel checked out fine...
( an X-file ?? endorphins?)
re: Bontrager Race Lite WheelsSingleThreaded
Apr 24, 2002 10:36 AM
I had similar symptoms with my Bontrager Wheels Race Lite wheels when I first got my bike and I brought it back to the shop to have them check the wheels and the headset. According to the shop I just wasn't putting the front wheel on tight enough. Once I really clamped it in the problem went away.